Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur and founder of seven companies in the past 20 years. Martin´s best-known ventures were founded during the last decade.
In 1984, while still in college, Martin Varsavsky 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. His 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.
In 1998 he started Jazztel, Spain´s second largest publicly traded telecom operator. In 1999 he founded Ya.com, Spain´s third largest Internet web site/DSL provider that includes the second largest Spanish language web agency www.viajar.com
Martin´s current venture is Fon, founded in November in 2005, a community empowered company dedicated to building the world´s largest global Wifi network bottom up, spreading the power of Wifi around the world. Fon attracted British Telecom, Coral Group, Skype, Atomico, Google, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital as partners and quickly became the largest Wifi community in the world.
The Fon Community already has over 5 million hot spots.
Martin Varsavsky also engages in not for profit activities. He manages the Varsavsky Foundation best known as founder of two large educational projects in Latin America, Educ.ar (Argentina) and EducarChile (Chile) and the Safe Democracy Foundation.
Martin received his BA from New York University, and holds an MA in International Affairs and an MA in Business Administration from Columbia University.
Martin Varsavsky is married to Nina Varsavsky and has five children.