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Martín Varsavsky is a serial entrepreneur, professor and investor who has founded 8 companies in the United States and Europe in the last 30 years.
In 2015 Martín founded Prelude Fertility, the largest chain of fertility clinics in the USA. He also founded Overture Life which focuses on automating the embryology lab. Overture is backed by Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff, and Allen & Company.
He then founded Goggo Network, an Axel Springer/Softbank backed startup that is helping develop the legal and engineering framework for autonomous vehicles and plans to deploy these fleets.
At the start of his career in the 1990s, Martín built Viatel, which became the first pan-European fibre optic network, followed by Jazztel, a telecom operator. When Martín sold Viatel, the company was worth over $1.2 billion and when he left Jazztel, it was worth over $770 million. Jazztel was subsequently sold for $4.5 bn.
In the early 2000s, Martín built Ya.com, which was sold to Deutsche Telekom for $650 million.
Martín subsequently co-founded Eolia, together with Miguel Salis, one of Spain’s largest renewable energy companies which sold for $1.6bn in 2019. He is also a member of the board of the German media company Axel Springer.
Martín occasionally teaches entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. He has also taught at Columbia University, New York University and IE University, and frequently speaks at numerous conferences.
Martín Varsavsky is also an investor through Jazzya, his family office, and through two funds with a combined pool of $200 million. These funds are Varsavsky Axel Springer or VAS Ventures, which does seed and early stage investing and Martín Varsavsky Bankinter or MVB which focuses on late stage investing and funds.
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