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Our history and strategy

Meakem Becker Venture Capital was founded by Glen Meakem and Dave Becker.  Glen was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of FreeMarkets, formerly the leading provider of internet deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 2000 companies.  Dave was FreeMarkets’ President and COO.  After successfully launching, managing the explosive growth, record breaking IPO, and final sale of FreeMarkets, Glen and Dave founded Meakem Becker Venture Capital to help other entrepreneurs build leading companies.

Meakem Becker follows a disciplined investment strategy to make early and later-stage venture investments.  We invest in great people with compelling products or services that target large markets.  We use our deep experience as well as networks of entrepreneurs, co-investors, former employees, customers, service providers, and advisors to help entrepreneurs build and scale their businesses, creating tomorrow’s market leaders.

Our core investing team works together from our office in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh.  Because of our location, we have a particular focus on investing in companies in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. However, we also invest outside of this region when we find attractive opportunities that are particularly well matched with our experience and expertise.  In particular, we have an active network and several investments in Silicon Valley.