Meet Glen Meakem
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Glen is a successful entrepreneur and business leader who has founded and built a number of companies, but his passion for preserving important information and memories goes back to 1991 when he returned from serving as a U.S. Army officer in the First Gulf War. That summer, Glen and his wife, Diane, recorded videos of their grandparents talking about their lives and values. Ever since, Glen has thought about how to permanently preserve and share those videos and other family treasures. After many years, these thoughts led to the founding of Forever in May of 2012.
Between 2005 and 2012, Glen founded and led a successful early-stage venture capital firm called Meakem Becker Venture Capital (MBVC). Under Glen’s leadership, MBVC invested in a number of technology companies, including Kiva Systems (sold to Amazon), Hotpads (sold to Zillow) and Shipwire (sold to Ingram Micro). Glen’s entry into the venture capital industry was preceded by a widely chronicled role as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FreeMarkets, Inc., which was the leading provider of Internet-deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies. Glen founded FreeMarkets in 1995, took it public in a record setting IPO in 1999, and then sold it to Ariba in 2004. At its peak, FreeMarkets had a publicly traded market cap of $13 billion.
Early in his career, Glen was a Manager in General Electric’s Corporate Business Development Group, an Associate with McKinsey & Company and held a range of consumer marketing and product management positions for Kraft-General Foods. Glen also served as a combat engineer officer in the United States Army Reserve. In 1990-91, 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. Glen completed his M.B.A. after returning from the war, and is also a graduate of Harvard College where he earned his B.A. cum laude.