Glen Wakeman: Turning Ideas into Commerce.

Glen Wakeman is the CEO and co-founder of LaunchPad Holdings which helps start up companies develop effective business plans that will succeed. LaunchPad Holdings develops these plans with software that makes business planning simple and fun. Wakeman has over 30 years of success in the business world in which he has worn many hats. He has been a global executive, writer, inventor, mentor and investor. He now uses that experience to help businesses turn ideas into plans which will reduce risk.

Glen Wakeman graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science degree in economics and finance. In 1983 he took a position with GE Money Latin America where he took a simple startup company and turned it into a nine-country operation (Wikidata). Today, that company brings in more than $100 million in annual earnings. After many years of success at GE Capital Latin America he would return to school and earn his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago in 1993.

After spending over 20 years with GE Capital Wakeman decided to strike out on his own. He was instrumental in growing companies all over the globe and decided to build a software platform that could match ideas with money. This is the concept around LaunchPad Holdings. That is, applying machine learning to business problems. He has consolidated all his learning into a software program which is a user guide to establishing a business. The user guide helps the client to ask questions which prepares them to defend their business plan.

Glenn Wakeman believes effective communication can bring success. At present he is developing a program which will make business presentations less boring and more interesting. His project name is “Snarkify” which will use satire, funny writers and artists to make a normally boring pitch more interesting. His goal is to create an online brokerage between comedians and business presenters.

Glenn Wakeman attributes much of his success to several practices. He believes all entrepreneurs should join as many entrepreneurial associations as possible. He says they are a treasure trove of ideas, contacts and capital. He also stresses the importance of applying a value proposition to every business idea. That is, is the ida simple and clear, is it different and is it worthy of my customers?

 

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