Glen Wakeman is the co-founder and CEO of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC., which is a company that helps early-stage entrepreneurs get their businesses off of the ground. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor’s of Science in finance and economics in 1981 and earned his MBA in finance while attending the University of Chicago in 1993. After this, he worked with GE Capital; eventually becoming the President and CEO of the company. Now with LaunchPad, Wakeman has helped small and large companies to get the ball rolling with their enterprises, and his guidance of start-ups, divestitures, new market entries, and M&As has resulted in the success of many other entrepreneurs and companies.
On top of being the CEO of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC., Glen Wakeman is a writer and investor. His blog posts on a range of business topics have reached many people whose lives have been changed by his expert advice. A typical day for him includes checking in with the numbers from the previous day and splitting up the duties of the workday with his partners (TheBroTalk). One thing that gets Wakemen excited is what he terms as machine learning to business problems, which is the fact that there is an overwhelming amount of data available to businesses and entrepreneurs who can use it to improve their numbers and other aspects of how they do business.
The idea for LaunchPad Holdings, LLC. came from the fact that Glen Wakeman likes to invest in winning ideas. He saw that way too many startups were failing and believed he could do something about it. He encourages new companies to take a deeper look at their business ideas and to realize that an idea is not enough. Every successful company needs to have a solid plan, and they need to follow through with the details of their plan. He saw that the need was there for a software platform that was simple and that would help entrepreneurs with everything they needed to build the successful enterprise they envisioned in the first place.
One of Glen Wakeman’s favorite books is the Art of War by Sun Tzu as he feels like it is the best strategy book that was ever written.