Everyone likes the idea of being an entrepreneur. The idea of “being your own boss” and only being limited by your imagination is one of the vital threads woven into the fabric of the American Dream. This idea, or dream, however, often turns into a nightmare if you don’t first have a solid plan and seek out much advice. Glen Wakeman is streamlining that process for ambitious entrepreneurs through the company he co-founded and serves as CEO, Launchpad Holdings, LLC.
Glen Wakeman uses his extensive experience gained at companies such as GE Capital, and as the founder of Nova Four, to encourage entrepreneurs with a good idea to broaden that idea into a full-fledged business plan. When asked about what prompted him to found Launchpad Holdings, he said, “People don’t always understand, an idea is not a plan itself. So we decided to make plan building easier and more intuitive by designing a simpler software platform.” While not everything can be planned for, of course, Glen’s real-world experience helps ensure that when using the software from Launchpad Holdings, you’re much less likely to forget important details that could have catastrophic consequences further down the line. Read more about Glen Wakeman at Affiliate Dork.
Glen is, by no means, a hands-off CEO. He is constantly gaining experience, aiding C-level executives at various companies, and currently counseling startups Dreamfunded and Sitter Bees. In addition, he cites “curiosity” as his most productive trait. He says, “I want to know why things are like they are, so I can better know how to change them.” These experiences are shaped and molded by his proven methodology, focusing on the five key performance areas of: execution, governance, human capital, leadership and risk management. All of this knowledge gained is then built into the Launchpad software to make it even more effective for the entrepreneurs who depend on it.
Glen stays humble, thinking back on what he considers his worst job, cleaning toilets at an automobile parts factory. In his humility, though, he says that job taught him, “that there is dignity in all types of labor, and I never again took any opportunity for granted.” A lesson for Glen Wakeman then, and one being learned by the many entrepreneurs benefiting from his software now.