Glen Wakeman has grabbed many ideas by the horns and rode them to high-flying business successes over the years, including his most recent company, Launchpad Holdings Inc. Wakeman explained the reason he founded this company was to give startups and entrepreneurs with bold ideas a chance to work with those ideas provided they could realistically structure a company around them. Launchpad is software-as-a-service and helps people organize their ideas and put them into a presentable plan to attract funding (Ideamensch). Wakeman has also recommended that entrepreneurs become familiar with Doodle because it provides a good place to start with organization and bringing ideas to life.
Glen Wakeman has lived in many countries in his time and helped many companies find good leaders and even change their business models. He got his bachelor’s degree at the University of Scranton and also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He began with General Electric in their business starting department and while there helped found Nova Four where he served on the board of directors. He became focused on the mergers and acquisitions and divestitures niches during this time.
Wakeman used five areas of business leadership that have allowed him to turn companies around in a reasonable time frame. Those areas are delivering execution, formulating a governance plan, utilizing human capital effectively, finding leaders and appropriately managing risk. In addition to running Launchpad Holdings, Wakeman consults for other startups and compiles blogs and newsletters on the side.