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12 Investments in 11 Companies
April 26, 1960

Person Details


Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur, founder of seven companies over the course of his career.

In 1984, while still in college, Martin started his first business, Urban Capital Corporation, one of the early leaders of the loft movement in downtown Manhattan.

This was soon followed in 1986 by Medicorp Services, a Canadian biotechnology company, a pioneer in AIDS and PSA testing.

Martin's third business, Viatel Ltd., Martin’s first venture into the world of telecom, was founded in 1990. This company is best known for inventing call back and building the first pan European fiber optic network ahead of liberalization.

Martin’s best-known ventures were founded during the last decade. In 1998, Martin started Jazz Telecomunicaciones (Jazztel), Spain’s second largest publicly traded telecom operator.

In 1999 Martin founded Ya.com, Spain’s third largest internet web site/DSL provider that includes the second largest Spanish language web agency www.viajar.com. But not all of Martin’s companies were successful.

In 2000, Martin started Germany’s leading cloud computing company, Einsteinet, and the company was sold in 2003 at no return to him or investors.

Martin’s current venture is Fon. With over 13 million hotspots, Fon is the largest WiFi network in the world. The company is headquartered in Madrid, Spain but its customers are worldwide, in Asia, Europe and the USA. Its investors include Atomico, British Telecom, Coral Group, Skype, Google, and Index Ventures.

Martin manages the Varsavsky Foundation and is best known as the founder of two large educational projects in Latin America – Educ.ar (Argentina) and EducarChile (Chile) and the Safe Democracy Foundation.

Martin was Ambassador at Large of Argentina from 2001 to 2005. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, and is a Member of the Board of Direcyors at Instituto de Empresa, Spain’s leading business school, where he taught entrepreneurship for eight years. Since 2012 he teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia University and New York University.

In 2014 Martin joined the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer, the largest media company in Germany.

Martin has written numerous articles on business and international relations that have been published in several international publications including El Pais and Newsweek. Martin is also a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and an active blogger. He is the recipient of various honors and rewards.

Martin received his B,A, from New York University, and holds a M,A, in International Affairs and a M,A, in Business Administration from Columbia University. In his spare time, Martin enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, piloting, photography and sailing.

Martin is married to Nina Varsavsky and has six children.

Jobs (7)


Co-Founder & CEO

Jun, 2015 - Current   (over 1 year)

Founding Partner

Jan, 2014 - Current   (almost 3 years)

Visiting Professor

Sep, 2012 - Current   (about 4 years)


Jan, 2006 - Current   (almost 11 years)
May 1, 2003
Founder & CEO

Board & Advisor Roles (3)

  • Member of the Supervisory Board
    Jan, 2014
  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Apr 1, 2011
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Jan, 2006
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jan, 2015$15M / Series DPersonal Investment
Dec, 2012$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Sep, 2012$1.2M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2011undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Jan, 2011$2.4M / UndisclosedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2008$4.3M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2008€6M / Series CPersonal Investment
Nov, 2007$6M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2007undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2007$5.3M / Series APersonal Investment
Mar, 2006$1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2006€1M / AngelPersonal Investment

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