Joe Carlen is the co-founder of Value Guards, LLC and a practitioner of business valuation, patent valuation, and market assessment. He has consulted for hundreds of entrepreneurs and companies over the past fifteen years including Westinghouse and Unicom Technology.


He has a Masters of Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon, is a Certified Valuation Analyst, and has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, he was asked to co-author From Lifeguard to Sun King, the bestselling biography of Banana Boat founder Robert Bell.


Subsequently, he wrote The Einstein of Money, a comprehensive biography of Warren Buffett’s mentor Benjamin Graham – for which he had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Buffett. His newest book, A Brief History of Entrepreneurship: The Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World was published by Columbia University Press in late 2016.


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