NEWS : EXTERNAL
Career Path: 20 Years' Experience Tops Virtual
Mass High Tech
| Benjamin P. Bassi
|Virtual Strategy Inc.
|President and chief executive
|President and director, YouthStream
Media Networks Inc.
|B.S., chemical engineering, Syracuse
University; B.S., paper science engineering, State University
of New York
Boston-based Virtual Strategy
Inc. has no lack of experience at the top. At least, not any more.
The five-year-old company had been operating with a team of 10 engineers,
a shoestring budget and one client.
And then it brought Ben Bassi
on board, and all of Bassis 20 years of experience and contacts.
Bassi started out as a process
engineer in Boston after graduating from Syracuse University. He
got his first taste of sales and marketing in 1983 with Vermont
My first sale was when
I sold our graphics board to IBM for their original PCs, he
said. Not a bad first sale. Of course, Texas Instruments developed
the chip a few years later and made the graphics board obsolete.
Over the next 10 years, he
worked for McDonnell Douglas in Waltham and Object Design in Burlington,
before becoming Bob Davis first hire at Lycos Inc.
After Lycos, Bassi worked
briefly as chief operating officer for Firefly Network in Cambridge
before founding CommonPlaces, which he merged with another company.
But Bassi wasnt satisfied.
When he was contacted by an executive recruiting firm about Virtual
Strategy, he wasnt sure.
It took them two months
to convince me that what they have is real and is as unique as they
say. But once I found out they were all on the level, I couldnt
wait to get started here, he said.
Virtual Strategy, Inc.
236 Huntington Ave. Suite 316
Boston, MA 02115
Contact: Peter Burton