Mark Glennon of wirepoints.com
By Steven A Leahy
This week on the IRS Radio Hour, we are pleased to welcome Mark Glennon of wirepoints.com. Mr. Glennon is an attorney, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and consultant. He is Managing Director at Ninth Street Advisors, providing consulting services to high growth technology companies and their investors. He specialties include business development, operations and management, equity and debt transactions, e-commerce, B2C, mobile applications, entrepreneurial ventures, reorganizations and workouts. Before moving on to his current passions, Mark practiced law with expertise in debt transactions, turnarounds, bankruptcy and venture capital.
Recently, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Mr. Glennon Co-Chair of Innovate Illinois Advisory Council. The council works closely with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and has a core mission of bringing new opportunities to the forefront on behalf of the community. Innovate Illinois Advisory Council is “all about bringing together leaders from different backgrounds who can bring different perspectives — venture capital, business, research, universities, education, community leaders, corporate executives — everybody we can who has a stake in the success of the technology sector,” Rauner said. “We want to get their ideas, we want to get input, we want to get their collaboration.” Mr. Glennon is the perfect choice for that task.
Mr. Glennon writes extensively for wirepoints.com about Illinois Government, pensions, financial matters, technology, and capital formation. He has served on the Board of directorship for Tech companies such as GrubHub, Shoutlet and FunMobility. But, in addition to writing about these important issues, Mr. Glennon is also the founder of Wirepoints.com. Wirepoints.com is a news site that bills itself as a “One stop for all economic and governmental news of macro importance to Illinois and Chicago.”
“WirePoints delivers both original stories and hand selected articles from other sources about Illinois’ economy and government. We want to be a one-stop source for all news of major importance to Illinois’ economy. We have a particular focus on the state and local fiscal crises. Our frustration with poor coverage of those crises by the regular press was the primary reason for starting this site, and that frustration continues. We try to stick to policy, facts and numbers, not politics.”
Not only am I on board with the right of center viewpoints. Listeners may remember that I have a great interest in technology – I have a LL.M. in Information Technology and worked with computers and coding from the birth of personal computers, and BEFORE! Finance is also one of my interests, having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, concentration in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. So, Mr. Glennon is a welcome guest!
We, at the IRS Radio Hour, are anxious to discuss Illinois’ complex and dangerous pension obligations, public school financing, tax policies, budget woes and political corruption. We will also discuss the work of the Innovate Illinois Advisory Board and their efforts to to grow the state’s innovation economy, including developing high-growth industry clusters, attracting resources, developing and retaining top talent, and fostering collaboration among all the parties in the state’s technology and innovation community. These are important issues to all of us at the show, and all of our listeners.