The ‘crying CEO’ says, ‘I’m just a small business owner.’

The “crying CEO” said he never intended to become a viral phenomenon.

Braden Wallake’s emotional LinkedIn post about having to lay off employees at his Ohio-based marketing-services company became the talk of social media this past week. But Wallake told MarketWatch he was as surprised as anyone that so many people responded to what he shared.

“I think I have 22,000 connections on LinkedIn and for most of my posts I get 20 engagements and a couple…

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