Whitey Bluestein has more than 30 years in business development,
building early-stage companies, growing new businesses, managing
complex business relationships, negotiating commercial and strategic
deals, and creating and managing ventures and alliances in the US,
Europe, Asia and Canada. He advises companies in
the wireless, telecoms, entertainment, energy and healthcare fields.
Prior to returning to strategic advisor and dealmaking, Bluestein was Executive Vice President for Corporate and
Business Development at Visage Mobile, a San Francisco-based firm specializing
in providing outsourced solutions to national brands
providing private label wireless services to their customers. At Visage, he worked with the Walt Disney Company, including ESPN, on their mobile initiatives. When he left Visage Mobile, Disney immediately engaged him as a strategic advisor for global mobile opportunities.
Before Visage, Bluestein was Executive Vice President
Development Officer of NorthPoint Communications, where
Negotiated strategic distribution deals (and investments
totaling $94 million) with Microsoft, RadioShack, Global Crossing, Cable & Wireless,
XO and others, and its acquisition by Verizon.
Led the partner vetting process, then negotiated and managed international joint ventures
for a Pan-European broadband company with Versatel, and a Canadian broadband venture with Sprint-Canada.
Managed all key strategic relationships, and
sat on Boards of Directors of VersaPoint
and NorthPoint Canada.
Earlier, Bluestein held executive positions at (pre-WorldCom)
MCI Communications Corp. From 1995 through 1997, he
was Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Development
for MCI, where he created MCI’s wireless
virtual network strategy (including the first MVNO),
negotiated wireless service arrangements with leading mobile operators, and managed
strategic relationships with service providers.
From 1994 to mid-1995, Bluestein was BT/Concert Alliance
General Manager, where he managed MCI’s strategic
relationship with British Telecom and launch of the
Concert joint venture, and implemented MCI’s BT/Concert
strategy and direction. He reported to the CEO of MCI
on this assignment.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Bluestein was
Vice President of Strategic Business Development and
Market Expansion at CENTEX Telemanagement. He managed
geographic expansion for the San Francisco-based company,
recognized as the fastest growing service company in
the US by Inc. Magazine.
From 1982 to 1988, Bluestein held various positions
in corporate development,
carrier relations, and business marketing
with MCI in Washington, DC and San Francisco. His
role and success in the cellular telephone market consolidation
of 1984 is described in Wireless
Nation: The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution
in America, by James B. Murray (Perseus, 2001). Recently, an industry veteran observed that, "Whitey Bluestein has negotiated more wireless deals in his career than anyone in the US."
Before joining the telecoms industry, Bluestein was a player in Clean Tech long before it came into vogue. He headed market development in the US Department of Energy's Office of Renewable Fuels. He wrote an Executive Order signed by President Carter mandating use of alcohol fuels in Federal vehicles. Bluestein was hand-picked by the US Secretary of Energy to prepare a mandated report to Congress on synthetic fuel price guarantees. He wrote Congressional testimony on renewable fuels policy and incentives, and testified before Congress on international trade issues.
Bluestein is an expert on the wireless market, trends, pricing plans and wholesale carrier deals. He is frequently quoted by industry publications on these topics, and has been an industry expert witness on several occasions.
Bluestein has appeared on CNBC's Fast Money, FM Halftime Report and SquawkBox, CNN and Bloomberg
Television, has been quoted in the Wall Street
Journal, New York Times, Washington
Post, USA Today, Christian Science
Monitor and other newspapers, authored articles
appearing in GigaOM, Telephony, Wireless Week, Public Utilities Fortnightly
and other trade publications, and is a frequent speaker
on wireless topics at conferences, including the Informa MVNO Industry Summits. AlwaysOn named Bluestein as a 2013 Mobile Power Player. He was also selected as a Judge for the 2013 and 2014 International MVNO Awards.
Bluestein received his B.S. in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
(Bloomington) and his Juris Doctor with Honors from George
Washington University Law School. He also completed the prestigious NARUC Advanced
Regulatory Studies Program, at the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State
University, in East Lansing. Bluestein is admitted to practice law in
Indiana and the District of Columbia, and before the US Supreme
Court, but has focused his career on business strategy and corporate development.
Bluestein is committed to a safe and clean environment, and is on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Earth. He also served as President and Board member of Bluewater Network, a San Francisco-based environmental group. In recognition of his environmental work, Bluestein was selected as a Judge for the Sustainability category of the 2014 Verizon Powerful Answers Award.
He enjoys playing guitar, sports photography and sailing. Bluestein is married, and lives in Marin County, California.