Glen Wakeman is a successful entrepreneur and multi-talented individual. CEO of GE Capital from 2006 to 2015, Wakeman now sits as the CEO of his own company LaunchPad Holdings, LLC. Glen is a knowledgeable and experienced businessman to say the least. He has worked and lived in 30 countries and aided in the transformation of large companies having over $15bn in assets. Glen now uses that 20 years of experience to blog about business and help unseasoned entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.
Glen has made it his interest to not only invest in start-ups by providing capital with LaunchPad (which he does) but also by providing online business planning services. He believes there are so many great ideas out there that could become successful startups if only an effective plan were implemented. This wisdom came to him through the burden of experience.
In his early days as an entrepreneur Wakeman launched a small business called “Snappy Answers.” He wrote and recorded funny messages for answering machines and attempted to sell them in the classifieds. Because his plan was not properly thought out, it ultimately failed. While he wasn’t able to pull this enterprise out of the mud, he speaks of the experience with gratitude. It enabled him to come to the point he’s at today with LaunchPad and what he’s able to do for other startups.
Glen is an intelligent and creative man. He studied science at the University of Scranton before receiving his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1991. Wakeman has a casualness about him and believes friendship and maintaining connections an essential resource for entrepreneurs. He encourages startups to not only formulate their plans thoroughly, which Launchpad Holdings can assist with, but also totes several online services. One interesting such service being Snarkify, an online platform where comedians are paired with entrepreneurial clients to produce engaging presentations. Wakeman claims that entertaining business presentations are better received than those which are stuffy. Glen Wakeman is insightful and open with viewers on his website and blog where he shares videos, tips and tricks about business and entrepreneurship.