Glen Meakem

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Glen Meakem
Born New York, New York
Education Harvard University
Harvard Business School
Occupation Entrepreneur
Political party Republican

Glen Meakem (born in New York, New York) is an American entrepreneur and founder & CEO of a permanent cloud photo storage and sharing company called Forever.[1] He is also a former radio host based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Early life and education[edit]

Meakem was the second of five children, raised in Armonk, New York.[2] He graduated cum laude with an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986. He served as a combat engineer officer in the United States Army Reserve. In 1990-1991, he volunteered to return to active duty in the Army, took a leave of absence from Harvard Business School, and served as a platoon leader in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the First Gulf War.[3] After the war, Meakem returned to Harvard Business School and completed his M.B.A. in 1992.[4]

Career[edit]

Meakem worked for General Electric Information Services, but left in 1995 to start his own company, FreeMarkets Inc., a software company that offers services to the Global Supply Management market.[5] He sold the company for $500 million.[2]

Between 2005 and 2012, Meakem founded and led an early-stage venture capital firm called Meakem Becker Venture Capital (MBVC). MBVC invested in a number of technology companies, including Kiva Systems (sold to Amazon),[6] HotPads (sold to Zillow),[7] Shipwire (sold to Ingram Micro),[8] and CloudMeter (sold to Splunk).[9]

He sat on the board of directors of Akustica, and is Chairman of the Board of both SEEC and College Prowler. He is a trustee for Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Urban League of Pittsburgh and the Extra Mile Education Foundation.

From March 2008 until June 2015, he hosted Glen Meakem on the Weekend, a talk radio program about what it takes to be successful in business and life; the program aired initially on WPGB 104.7 until the station flipped formats to country music in August 2014, when it moved to WJAS 1320. He gave up the program to spend more time with his family and on another business he started, a cloud-storage host, Forever.com.[10]

Politics[edit]

Meakem served as campaign chairman for William Scranton, III, the former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, during the 2006 campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor.[2]

He reportedly considered involving himself in a primary challenge to incumbent Republican Senator Arlen Specter in 2010, due to opposition to Specter's support of the federal stimulus package.[11][12] He was mentioned by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[13] and the National Journal[14] as a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to challenge incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. in the 2012 election.

In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the most influential Republicans in Pennsylvania.[15]

Personal[edit]

Glen and his wife, Diane, have five children. They live in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forever Guaranteed Storage, Digital Scrapbooking, and Printing". 
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 2, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — PG Benchmarks — Glen Meakem". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2014/11/07/veterans-of-influence-glen-meakem.html
  5. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/1999/99_39/b3648016.htm
  6. ^ "Amazon paying $775M for Kiva warehouse robotics company". 19 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Zillow Acquires Rental And Real Estate Search Site HotPads For $16 Million To Grow Its Rental Marketplace". 
  8. ^ Williams, Alex. "Ingram Micro Buys Shipwire, The Cloud Logistics And Supply Chain Management Platform". 
  9. ^ "Splunk Announces Acquisition of Cloudmeter". 
  10. ^ "Glen Meakem - Veteran Entrepreneur » 2015-06-27 Our Final Program…". 
  11. ^ O'Toole, James (2009-02-11). "Angered by stimulus plan vote, Republican vows to oust Specter". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  12. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/statehouse/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1234497302147690.xml&coll=1
  13. ^ Malloy, Daniel (26 November 2010). "Murrysville native planning for 2010 run against Casey". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Jacobs, Jeremy P. (16 November 2010). "GOP Looking For A Casey Challenger". National Journal. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08. 

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