Alex Abelin


Urban Affairs Manager, Verizon, USA

Alex Abelin is a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial professional who measures his success on the positive impact he makes for others. 

In late 2016, Alex and his Co-Founders successfully sold LQD WiFi to Verizon. He now serves as Verizon's Urban Affairs Manager in the Smart Communities and Venues team. As Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for LQD, Alex set the company vision and implemented company strategy. LQD's signature product, Palo, is a smart kiosk that connects, informs and inspires the way people live, work and play.

Prior to LQD WiFi, Alex served as CEO and CO-Founder of LiquidTalent. LiquidTalent was a web and mobile talent marketplace for hiring vetted developers and designers through social connection. LiquidTalent's on-demand platform facilitated direct connection between talent and hirers via text and in-app messages. LiquidTalent created the Future of Work platform for the next generation economy.

From 2005 to 2013, Alex worked for Google. Alex's career was divided between the Sales and Policy departments. In Sales, he worked with Fortune 500 companies under the Financial Services vertical. In Policy, he held the position of Public Affairs Manager. His duties included building relationships with government officials, managing an investment fund for nonprofit entities, and producing Google focused seminars and events for key stakeholders. Alex served as the chief architect in developing eight Google sponsored outdoor WiFi networks; the most notable being the Chelsea WiFi network, the largest contiguous NYC WiFi network ever created.

Alex is a proud member of the World Economic Forum Shapers, Summit Series, Dot2Dot, StartingBloc and Nexus Global Youth Network. In 2007, Alex founded GoogleCaresSF to provide opportunities for Googlers to serve the local Bay Area community. He loves San Diego, New York and his alma mater, UC Berkeley and the Haas School of Business. Alex is a committed optimist.

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