I’ll let you into a little secret. This website isn’t really about me. It’s about you and your online business. I’m important only to the extent that I can help you take your business to the next level.
But if you’re genuinely curious about my background and journey, you’re on the right page.
Still here? Okay, let’s get acquainted.
I’m Glen. It’s nice to meet you.
I’m a tech guy by education with degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. (Admittedly, that was 25 years ago, but some people find educational accomplishments reassuring.)
The Dotcom Adventure
In my twenties I co-founded a dotcom technology startup that was among a small number selected by Ernst & Young to be mentored under its Business Accelerator Program. We didn’t secure funding (thanks dotcom bubble!) but we were 100% profitable and I learned a ton about business.
(True story: One time while I was presenting our business plan to potential investors the fire alarm went off and I ended up finishing my pitch in the car park in the pouring rain.)
The “Proper” Jobs
After winding down the startup, a London-based loyalty marketing agency (with around £8 million annual revenue) I’d been advising part-time asked me to join their board as technology director.
In my thirties I worked as a technical consultant for Buena Vista Television (Disney) managing technical teams in both London and Burbank for a multi-million dollar I.T. implementation project.
(Fun fact: A handful of the centralized meeting rooms in Disney’s London HQ were movie-themed. So you could show up for a meeting and find yourself transported to the snowy forests of Narnia or the dusty savanna of the Lion King.)
The Career Break
In my late thirties I took a career break to do some travelling and scratch a long-term itch to write comedy for a living. I landed a professional writing agent, co-created a successful web comedy series for BBC Comedy and ended up working in-house at the BBC as a script writer and editor.
Around the same time also discovered a passion for public speaking and became heavily involved with the Toastmasters organisation. While president of Bloomsbury Speakers I built it into one of the most popular clubs in London and even won an award for the club’s online presence.
(Quick aside: My experience with Toastmasters led to some work as a professional speaker and MC. The highlight was hosting a staff conference for 400+ employees of a national charity, from the CEO downwards, held in the main suite of a premiership football club.)
After finally accepting that comedy writing was going to be a very tough way to earn a decent living I started exploring ideas for my next chapter.
This led to an impulse decision to fly to New York to attend an event hosted by marketing legend Seth Godin. (For some reason, he hasn’t put the same photo on his website.)
Not long after that event, which ignited a keen interest in digital entrepreneurship, I found myself on the radar of blogger and internet legend Jon Morrow.
(If you don’t know Jon and his incredible story, you can read a little about it here.)
The Next Chapter
Jon initially hired me as a part-time editor and instructor for his well-known guest blogging course. I was the first member of his 100% virtual team not based in the US.
Soon I was editing and writing posts for Jon’s main blog Boost Blog Traffic (now Smart Blogger) which led to a full-time position as Managing Editor, where I grew the traffic by 300%.
In parallel I also served as the company’s instructional designer, designing and building several of the company’s most profitable online courses, including programs earning over $1M in revenue and serving close to 1,000 students.
When the company adopted the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) model for running the business in 2016, I stepped into the “Integrator” role, effectively acting as the interface between Jon and the rest of the company and running business operations day-to-day.
In late 2019, after nearly seven years with the company, I decided it was time for a new challenge and spent the next three months working with Jon and the team we’d built together to transition myself out of the business.
What I Do Now
In April 2020 I launched my mission to help inspirational entrepreneurs like Jon optimize and build their online businesses.
If you read this far, maybe we should talk. 🙂
P.S. This Is Home
I lived in London for 20 years (and loved it) but recently relocated to Southbourne in Dorset on the south coast of England, with my family, fulfilling a life-long dream to live by the sea.