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Glen Wakeman Encourages Young Entrepreneurs to Greater Heights

As CEO and founder of LaunchPad Holdings, Glen Wakeman hopes to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs to experience the same level of success that he has done over a long and successful career in business.


Since 2015, LaunchPad Holdings has offered a simplified software platform to link an entrepreneur’s ideas to the necessary business strategies to get their firm up and running. The idea came about when Glen Wakeman noted how many small businesses fail to get off the ground within the first two years, and he realized that many entrepreneurs had great vision, but did not know exactly how to put those ideas into practice (


Hard data, facts, and a positive outlook are three keys to that success. During his own twenty-year career as a corporate executive and company founder, Glen Wakeman became very familiar with the challenges and opportunities that running a business provides. He channels that experience into regular blog posts so that others may learn from his successes. The five key performance attributes he ascribes to successful leaders include leadership, human capital, execution, risk management, and governance.


Mentorship and networking made a major difference for his career, Glen Wakeman has said. As a result, he is a firm believer in doing the same for others who are just starting theirs, whether in businesses large or small. Among his tips for networking with others is to leave a handwritten note, which stands out in a very digital world.


When he is not writing or putting business practices into play, Glen Wakeman also is dedicated to charity and helping others. He spent many years in global business and trade and understands the complex network of globalization where all countries need to rely on one another. After the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, he donated 1,000 dollars to the Red Cross for their relief efforts and encouraged other business leaders to do likewise. Throughout his career, Glen Wakeman has lived in six countries, and done business in thirty-two (Twitter).


Glen Wakeman holds an MBA in Finance and a BS in Economics. He worked many years at GE Capital and later founded Nova Four.