- PricewaterhouseCoopersChief Innovation Officer, 2013
- CenterBeam, USWeb, Novell
Sheldon consults with large enterprises around the world on creating internal innovation programs which inspire employees to create and implement new ideas. He has been an entrepreneur most of his life having started four technology companies, the first a software consulting company in his college dorm room.
Until mid-2012, Sheldon was the Chief Innovation Officer of the US firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Sheldon led a team whose mission was to accelerate innovation by inspiring the new ideas and reducing the barriers to their implementation. The innovation team developed iPlace, PwC's idea management system. In its first year of operation over 2,000 ideas were submitted, over 10,000 comments were created and over 41,000 votes on these ideas were cast. Over half of PwC has visited iPlace. The team created PwC Open University (pwc.com/openuniversity) where over 150 business courses created by PwC are available to the public at no charge. The PowerPitch project was a three round contest to identify the next $100 million business opportunity for PwC. The contest attracted thousands of participants and was documented in a feature article in Fortune Magazine
Sheldon Laube also oversaw the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Advanced Research (CAR). Located in the PwC San Jose office, CAR employs researchers and subject matter experts from around the globe to develop innovation solutions unavailable in the marketplace. CAR has developed and globally deployed new systems for document comparison and review, new techniques for anomaly detection in large data sets, a new expertise management system and new audit performance software.
While in college, Sheldon formed his first company, Consultants in Computer Technology. The company provided software consulting services in the Cleveland area. After graduation, he managed a research computer center for the Case Western Reserve University's Department of Computer Science. This research center was one of the initial sites on the ARPANet, which later developed into the Internet.
Sheldon's second startup, the Consumer Financial Institute (CFI), produced individual personal financial plans using artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the 1980s. Price Waterhouse purchased this firm in 1986 at which time Sheldon was admitted to the partnership.
At Price Waterhouse, Sheldon was the firm's first National Director of Information and Technology, and had overall responsibility for improving client service through the use of technology. He led the effort to standardize desktop productivity applications on a global basis. He made the decision to have Price Waterhouse become the world's first and largest customer of Lotus Notes. Later he managed the Global Technology Centre. During that time he oversaw the development of TeamMate (the leading internal audit software system), EdgarScan, and the Technology Forecast as well as a number of other advanced research projects.
Sheldon left the firm in 1995 to become the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Novell. At Novell he was responsible for the overall technology direction of over 4,000 professionals and the development of the firm's strategic vision.
In 1995, Sheldon joined four other executives to co-found USWeb. Within three years, USWeb rapidly grew to be the world's largest Internet professional services firm. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sheldon was responsible for setting the overall technology direction on a global basis, identifying new technologies and leading an advanced research group.
Sheldon founded CenterBeam in 1999 to develop a new approach to the support of personal computers within corporations. CenterBeam raised over $170 million in venture capital under Sheldon's leadership. CenterBeam applied manufacturing Total Quality Management (TQM) approaches to IT services. Through this unique approach CenterBeam was able to deliver quality IT services to clients around the US without the need for any on-site IT support. Sheldon served as its Chairman and CEO for three years.
Sheldon received his Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University.