Laura Paglione

Consultant, Project Manager, and mentor in New York

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Laura Paglione joined the Spherical Cow Group in late 2018. Her project work helps organizations to make dramatic impacts via strategic analysis and development of business and organizational models, new organization/ product launch and innovation, and complex problem-solving.

Laura has over 25 years of experience across a range of organizational sizes from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, including both commercial and not-for-profit organizations. Her diverse career includes positions in varied industries including technology commercialization, software development, global research infrastructure, not-for-profit management, mentorship and executive coaching, broadcast, automotive, and several others. Often drawing lessons from other industries, Laura is entrepreneurial, technically versatile, and resourceful and thrives at the intersection of creative, technical and business environments. She served as a thought leader on the topics of persistent identifiers, innovation and technology commercialization, frequently speaking at conferences and writing in print publications both domestic and international, and long and short form blogs.

She was the second employee of ORCID a global not-for-profit organization with the mission to address name ambiguity for researchers, and serve as a gateway to connect their research activities from disparate sources. As ORCID’s founding Technical Director, she publicly launched and directed ORCID’s member and user offerings for the platform that grew to serve over 5 million users within six years.

In prior positions at the Kauffman Foundation, Ford Motor Company and Avid Technology, as well as several start-up/gazelle companies, Laura has turned around, launched and led 4 other high-profile initiatives. She has worked with organizations to increase product awareness and market share, created business and technical launch plans for new ventures, and sourced and evaluated acquisition targets for a venture-backed industry roll-up.

Laura earned her Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management, her Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and her Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Laura has served as a reviewer for several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR, also known as America’s Seed Fund) grant evaluations for the National Science Foundation (NSF).