There are so many reasons to admire Cleversafe founder Chris Gladwin, and we think Crain’s Chicago Business columnist John Pletz has captured them well.

Thanks to Pletz’s thoughtful profile this week, readers know more about the guy we’ve enjoyed working with since he moved Cleversafe to the Tech Park in 2005.

What can you say about a founder who has the courage to put his company in the hands of those he felt were even more qualified to guide its growth? Who, as his success gained global attention, could have moved his firm to Silicon Valley but stayed right here, creating jobs and opportunities for hundreds?

Chris figures that the recent sale of Cleversafe to IBM created 80 millionaires – an impressive result. The credibility his achievement adds to the growing reputation of our local tech scene is even more impressive.

Of course, we have plenty of reasons to appreciate Chris. His startup was the first to locate in the Tech Park, the first to expand with student talent and the first to go big after leaving the park.

Chris and Cleversafe have helped us demonstrate what a university-based tech park like ours can contribute to the success of a promising new company – and what that company in turn can contribute to the world.

We’re glad to hear him say that his career as a serial entrepreneur is far from finished. It will be a pleasure to see what he creates next. Read the full profile in Crain’s.