Alex Mashinsky

Alex Mashinsky

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Alex Mashinsky is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Celsius Network. He is most known as the inventor of VOIP, which enables billions of people around the world to use free voice over the internet for free. After years of entrepreneurship, Mashinsky gravitated towards investing in startups. As one of the leading evangelists of web-based exchanges, he has raised over $1 billion in venture and private equity funds to help position his startups as leaders in their fields. He is a prolific inventor and a business strategist who has a long history with high tech, evidenced by his robust intellectual property portfolio.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Mashinsky is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology.
  • He has authored over 50 patents that cover aspects of VOIP, Smart Grid, Ad exchanges, Groupon, Twitter, Skype, App Store, and Netflix streaming concept.
  • He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion.
  • He has invested in over 60 startups over the years, recording many successes and an equal number of failures. 
  • He is a prominent figure in the New York entrepreneurial scene who has previously been a member of the YPO's NYC chamber. 
  • His success as an entrepreneur stems from his acute ability to identify future trends, assemble world-class teams, and raise enough money to fund his projects. 
  • He believes that "the secret to success is finding something to do in which your skills can exceed your ambitions."
  • He has been a featured speaker at over 250 international conferences.
  • He has also made numerous TV appearances on business networks and talk shows.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.


  • Albert Einstein Technology Medal in 2000
  • Technology Foresight Award for Innovation
  • Crain's Top Entrepreneur Award in 2010
  • Nominated for E&Y's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002 and 2011