Over the course of an impressive 23-year career, Mark Washburn has shown considerable skill in the management and analysis of all facets of the communications industry. Beginning in 1985 with the acquisition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Based Management Systems and Marketing from Clarkson University, Washburn has demonstrated a unique ability to assess new business opportunities with a keen awareness of new technologies and a strong entrepreneurial eye.
This ability has led Washburn to be the driving force behind many impressive executive-level business deals and has earned him multiple awards including a Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist designation.
Mark Washburn’s entrepreneurial skills were highlighted during his tenure at XCOM Technologies, a venture-backed data networking service provider. Washburn joined in the start-up phase and in his role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing introduced the industry’s first managed modem offering. This pioneering service dramatically changed the economics of dial-up Internet service and was widely imitated throughout the industry. Mr. Washburn’s sales organization grew revenues from zero to $35M in the first year of operations and positioned the company for acquisition by Level 3 Communications for $170M.
In every role that Mark Washburn has filled, he has increased revenues and grown business. This is particularly evident in Washburn’s previous work as CEO and President of HarvardNet where he grew revenues from 5 million to 27 million dollars. Again displaying his business acumen, Mr. Washburn managed the company’s acquisition by Allegiance Telecom (now XO Communications) – a 65 million dollar transaction.
Mark Washburn currently works as Vice President of Development for HyperCube, LLC, a venture-backed communications service provider focused on the leading wireless carriers. In this role, Mr. Washburn has already made a substantial impact through the identification, development and closing of contracts worth over $18M with two national wireless carriers for wholesale communications services.