Robert Maigret is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur who over the course of his 20+ year career has founded companies, held executive roles at a number of successful ventures, and overseen the development and launch of a wealth of digital and physical products. He excels at solving difficult problems through the blending of creative thinking, innovative uses of technology, empathetic design, and strong and strategic diplomacy.
He began his journey in the media industry as an engineer. After scaling the ranks early in his career at PolyGram, and later Universal Music, he shifted focus to the startup landscape working for iBlast and a number of others before earning his first CTO title at early video-sharing pioneer Revver. On the heels of launching their unique platform, he co-founded social media innovation factory DigiSynd, which was soon after acquired by Disney. At Disney Rob held a number of senior roles, including SVP of Innovation and SVP Global Creative, overseeing Disney’s overall social media efforts and creation of their new web services and presentation platform, Disney.com.
Post Disney, Rob discovered a passion for mentoring and joined renowned startup accelerator Techstars, participating in their Disney, Cedars-Sinai Healthcare, and Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator programs. It was through mentoring that Rob broadened his experience to include physical product development and manufacturing. Working closely with the team at the up-and-coming robotics startup Sphero, he eventually became their Chief Creative Officer where he helped establish a strong partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm and supervised the creation and launch of their BB-8 robot, which became one of 2015’s most popular toys.
Following the success of BB-8, Rob switched gears to co-found Popularium, an independent publisher of user-generated content. After overseeing the creation of Popularium’s unique stories and short films, its platform was leveraged by Rob’s next endeavor, Lydion, which he co-founded to focus on the management of large data economies for clients in healthcare and fintech.
Rob currently hosts Lydion’s innovative podcast Brave New Data.
He is actively searching out interesting new opportunities where he can leverage his diverse skills to benefit innovative organizations, partners, and teammates.