For more than 30 years, Whitey Bluestein has worked in strategy and corporate development in both established companies and start-up environments. In the last decade, he has focused his creative and strategic thinking in the wireless prepaid, payments, applications and broadband space, helping companies refine strategy, win deals and accelerate growth domestically and internationally.
As a strategic advisor and dealmaker, Bluestein has managed complex business relationships and negotiated joint ventures in the US, Europe, Asia and Canada. A former attorney, he has negotiated deals and managed strategic alliances with Verizon, Disney, Microsoft, Best Buy, Qualcomm, American Express, AT&T, Intel, T-Mobile, Kaiser Permanente, MetroPCS, British Telecom, RadioShack, Orange, Nokia, XO and other noteworthy companies. One industry veteran observed that, "Whitey Bluestein has negotiated more wireless deals in his career than anyone in the US."
Young technology companies seek Bluestein’s expertise in refining their product and business strategy, and winning their first big deal. Established companies enlist Bluestein’s help thinking through strategy, developing new initiatives, working with operators, and navigating the mobile ecosystem. Companies in Europe and Asia-Pacific bringing successful mobile and telecoms businesses to the US market increasingly come to Bluestein. In addition to his strategic advisory business, executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, analysts and counsel seek his opinions and business perspectives for due diligence and as an expert witness. All of Bluestein’s business is through referrals based on his reputation and extensive network of industry contacts.
Recent engagements include mobile applications and services, prepaid services, mobile wallet and payments, wholesale services, entertainment and spectrum strategies. Recent clients include Disney, Ribbit, Jitterbug, XO, Mr. Number, Payfone, Nextivity, and many others. Bluestein has appeared on CNBC Fast Money, and written for GigaOM and ConnectedPlanet (formerly Telephony magazine), among other publications.
For more than 20 years, Bluestein was a senior corporate development executive reporting to CEOs and Presidents in several well-known, fast-growing companies. He sat at the table and participated when important company decisions, strategies and deals were made. Having "been there," he brings a wealth of knowledge and senior executive experience to his clients, and understands their needs and the world in which they operate. Bluestein is both a strategic thinker and someone who knows how to craft a deal, taking a pragmatic approach that answers the question, "How do we get this deal done?"