Blake Squires is a media and technology entrepreneur with an appetite for what’s next.
Early in his career Blake produced concerts and started an artist management company. It was in Los Angeles in the mid-90′s where he witnessed first-hand the convergence of technology & media – in this case record companies awakened by the internet. Capitalizing on this “disruption”, Blake moved back to his home town of Cleveland to co-found and become Chief Operating Officer of Everstream Inc., a streaming media and digital cable analytics company which sold to Concurrent Computer Corp (NASDAQ: CCUR). Blake then co-founded Adcoda Inc., a digital music download company. From there he became a founding partner and was Chief Strategy Officer for Findaway, makers of Playaway (www.playaway.com), preloaded devices. He again has teamed up with Christopher Celeste, a partner in both Adcoda and Findaway, to harness their combined experience to found Hatch, helping entrepreneurs maximize their ideas.
Blake has been awarded “40 Most Influential People Under 40″ by Crain’s Magazine and was named an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2010. He is a member of The Entrepreneur’s Club of America (TECA), is on the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence for Lake Erie College. A graduate of The Ohio State University and fascinated by media and technology, Blake earned a degree from the prestigious School of Journalism with a focus on Telecommunications.
Blake loves to tinker, dine-out and is inspired daily by his wife & four kids under seven years old.