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Whitey Bluestein

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Corporate Development/Strategy for ORION, work with Red Matter/Natterbox (UK), US Mobile, Sparrow Mobile, others as advisor or interim exec.

Corporate Development/Strategy for ORION, work with Red Matter/Natterbox (UK), US Mobile, Sparrow Mobile, others as advisor or interim exec.

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Involved In

Advisor

Banking Up
Ting.me
PRIDE Wireless, Inc.
ONOFF App
ORION
Better Finance, Inc. (formerly BillFloat, Inc.)
Payfone
Sparrow Mobile
US Mobile

Side Projects

Board of Directors, Center for M
Board of Directors, Friends of t

Positions

Corporate Development, Connectivity Solutions and International Mobile Strategist Bluestein & Associates, LLC May 2001 - present
Head of Corporate Development and Strategy Orion Labs, Inc. October 2013 - present
GigaOM Research Analyst/Mobile Expert GigaOM March 2013 - March 2015
EVP, Corporate Development Visage Mobile, Inc. March 2002 - March 2005
EVP and Chief Corporate Development Officer NorthPoint Communications October 1998 - January 2001
VP, Strategic Business Development MCI Communications Corp. March 1994 - October 1997
SVP, Business Development & Geographic Expansion Centex Telemanagement Inc. January 1989 - March 1994
Various position in Corporate Development, Carrier Relations and Business Marketing MCI Telecommunications Corp. March 1982 - December 1988

Education

The George Washington University Law School Law 1968 - 1971
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business Marketing and Economics 1964 - 1968
Michigan State University Public utility regulatory theory, policy and principles 1979 - 1979

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Mobile

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Over a more than 30 year career in Corporate Development, I have put together several billion dollar plus deals, helped launch scores of new businesses, managed more than 25 joint ventures in US, Europe and Asia, and am an established mobile industry expert. I have appeared on CNBC Fast Money, written for GigaOM, speak at conferences in the US and Europe on mobile industry matters, conduct due diligence for VCs and PE firms, and have appeared as a mobile industry expert witness in patent, marketing, payments and distribution cases.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Meet, hear your story, think about it, get back together to discuss if and how I can be helpful to build new relationships, accelerate growth.

As an Advisor

I work with CEO and executive team to think through strategy, key business relationships needed to build the company, then help execute the strategy in corporate development role. Whether as advisor or interim corporate development executive, my focus is building key strategic relationships and accelerating growth.

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Andrew Drake
We worked together  •  Vice President - Business Development, Better Finance, Inc.. Previously Senior Vice President of Business Development, RepairPal.
Whitey has tremendous insight into the mobile world, especially as it relates to carriers. He has done dozens of deals - knows what works a ... nd what doesn't. He can help keep on the right path, and out of the ditch.
Gary Hagmueller
We worked together  •  CFO, Ayasdi. Previously CFO / COO Consulting, Various. Arizona State grad.
Whitey is a force of nature & one of the most connected folks I know. His ability to connect emerging businesses with meaningful partners th ... at drive revenue & valuation is exceptional. See my Linked In reference of him for more detail.
Patrice Peyret
We worked together  •  CEO, Banking Up. Previously Part-time VP Strategy, Mobile365.
Whitey has deep knowledge of the mobile telephony world, with tremendous connections to high ranking executives at most of the networks. In ... a technology world where things are moving to "Mobile First", having Whitey as an advisor to tackle mobile wireless opportunities is a huge asset.
Scott Allan
We worked together  •  Pettifoggery Exterminator / Love Promoter, Ting. Previously Senior Member of Staff, pingg.
Whitey is a great advisor as a result of his experience and ability to work quickly and with great precision.
Max Shapiro
They're my friends  •  CEO, PeopleConnect. Previously CEO, SPORTSWORLD. Washington University in St. Louis grad.
He's bright, focused, experienced and a great guy!
Eileen Arbues
We worked together  •  Prinicpal/Owner, n2o Group, Inc.. Previously CEO/Principal, See Advertising (formerly OWNP). Harvard Business School grad.
Whitey is both strategic and practical and he is adept at developing solutions that both work in the short term, but aren't short sighted. H ... e's also someone that is easy to work and brings a sense of hope to every project -- no matter how daunting a challenge the client might be facing.
Matthew Bauer
We worked together  •  CEO and Co-founder, BetterWorld Wireless. Previously Director and Co-founder, ConnectSpaceVI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
In the short time that Whitey has been an advisor to me and to BetterWorld Wireless, he has made strategic connections and helped us to pivo ... t in a game-changing way. His affect on our company has been profound & Whitey gets my highest recommendation as an advisor and strategic ally.
Jesse Robbins
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Orion. Previously founded Chef & the Velocity Conference. Early stage advisor, investor, & board member. Here to help others.
Whitey is a unique & immensely powerful ally, strategist, and deal maker. He has an immediate and profound impact on the companies he works ... with by defining, leading, accelerating, and closing company-making deals.
Flavie Ercoli
We worked together  •  COO & Business Development, onoff Telecom and Operations Manager, onoff Telecom.
Whitey has been an amazing and very trusted advisor for our start-up during several months. His time and connections enable us to unlock in ... valuable opportunities in the US, and is guidance on mobile/telecom technologies market have been priceless. In addition, his years of experiences in established companies and start-ups environment make him very helpful on crucial other topics that entrepreneurs faced at every stage of their company development, such as internal organisation, business/strategy planning, or pitch deck preparation to mention just a few. Alongside, Whitey is very responsive, accessible, and most importantly, he always takes time to share his knowledge and experiences. Entrepreneurs would be very lucky to have him on their side as an Advisor.

Nicholas Rubright
We worked together  •  Founder, Dozmia.
He's extremely knowledgeable about music, has thought through his strategy, and is driven to succeed.

Max Shapiro
CEO, PeopleConnect. Previously CEO, SPORTSWORLD. Washington University in St. Louis grad.
Max may have the largest network of anybody I know, and there are several good reasons for this. He is an excellent listener, he is an outst ... anding judge of people, he has the wisdom and experience to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of a business or concept, and he knows how to offer constructive advice and criticism. He is also a great friend.

Matt Bramson
We worked together  •  Chief Marketing Officer, Varphonex.com and Chief Strategy Officer, RingByName.
Matt is an excellent strategic deal guy. He is always thinking strategically. He knows how to get deals done. He is an excellent problem-sol ... ver and he has considerable senior management experience.