Allegory.io was created to help great French companies with cool technology get the recognition and market share they deserve in the U.S.,
Principal, Laura Wilber
Laura Wilber was born in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), and made her way via Washington, DC and San Diego, California to Paris, France, and back to Charlotte, where she now serves clients in France as Principal at Allegory.io.
Prior to launching Allegory.io, Ms. Wilber served as the Director of Strategy at Dassault Systèmes EXALEAD, a global provider of Big Data infrastructure and applications in domains including search, knowledge discovery, business intelligence, and web mining. Before joining Dassault Systèmes, she taught Business Process Reengineering, Management of Information Systems and E-Commerce in the International BBA/MBA program at ISG (l’Institut Supérieur de Gestion) in Paris.
Before going to Paris, Ms. Wilber founded and served as CEO of AVENCOM, Inc., a software development company specializing in online databases and database-driven Internet applications (acquired by Red Door Interactive in 2004). She also served as VP of Marketing for Kintera, Inc., a provider of SaaS software to the nonprofit and government sectors, assisting them in their post-IPO transition from a privately-held to publicly-traded company before coming to France. Prior to that, she served as the Marketing Manager for Legal Arts Multimedia, where in addition to her marketing mission she developed courtroom tutorials to assist judges and juries charged with adjudicating technology-related intellectual property litigation.
After beginning her undergraduate studies in Computer Science, Ms. Wilber earned an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland, where she was also a candidate in the PhD program, studying Medieval Literature, Classical Rhetoric and Linguistics. Before launching into into her dissertation, she took a short detour back into the tech world to replenish her bank account at the Federal Systems Engineering division of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in Washington, DC. Needless to say, that short detour has persisted many years now, with her medieval studies complemented by a long stream of ‘related’ coursework on topics such as LAN/WAN design and administration, statistics, relational data modeling, ColdFusion scripting and SQL programming.