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Nicole Gravagna, PhD

Advisor Greater Denver Area, US

Chief Visionary, The Quandary Group. Previously Managing Director, 10.10.10.

Chief Visionary, The Quandary Group. Previously Managing Director, 10.10.10.

8 vouches

Involved In


Alternatives in Science Club
E2 Solar
RAFT, Resource Area For Teaching
Alternatives in Science Club


Author Myth of Stability: Why safety is like a donut November 2015 - present
Chief Visionary The Quandary Group August 2014 - present
President AQ Distribution December 2014 - November 2015
Managing Director 10.10.10 July 2013 - January 2014
Board Member RAFT, Resource Area For Teaching January 2012 - December 2013
Director of Operations Rockies Venture Club January 2012 - July 2013
Advisor Alternatives in Science Club March 2007 - June 2011
Graduate Research Associate, Molecular Neuroscience University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus August 2005 - June 2011
Research Technician USDA-ARS April 2004 - August 2005
Asbestos Analyst Transmission Electron Microscopy AMA Analytical January 2002 - April 2004
Adjunct Professor Prince George's Community College January 2002 - May 2003
Technical Assistant National Safety Council June 1997 - September 1999


University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Molecular Neuroscience 2005 - 2011
University of Maryland College Park Biology 1999 - 2002
Washington College Biology 1995 - 1999

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

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How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

Founders who work with me well take responsibility for scheduling our interactions. I respond to direct requests when I know specifically what advice is desired. I do not respond when founders email me with open ended broad requests or ask to get coffee without sharing some details about why. I need to know that I can actually be useful to you. Although I donate my time to founders, those who treat our meetings as though they were expecting a bill are the most effective at getting good advice quickly.

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Tim O'Shea
They're my friends  •  Member - Community Affairs Comittee, Boulder Chamber and Board of Directors Member, Boulder Relief, Co..
Knowing Nicole grants you access to her diverse network of thought leaders, risk takers, visionaries and get the job done executives. I welc ... ome her forthright analysis and matter of fact assessment of opportunities, situations and the scenarios that drive all sides of business. Her sense of humor blends with her honesty to make Nicole a strong ally and excellent friend.
Jeffrey Bunge
Co-founder & Development Executive, RepIT Apps.
Nicole has been a great strategic advisor throughout a range of startups. Her direct style cuts through the noise and helps those involved ... stay focused and productive. Would highly recommend as a startup advisor.
Jim Chesebro
Product management for Welltok. Past: Co-founder, Tentiko, Inc., Digital for Gaiam and Marketing for Corporate Express. I build products.
Nicole is seasoned as a startup advisor and a pleasure to work with. Super smart.
Enoch Elwell
We worked together  •  Founder, CO.STARTERS and Cofounder, The Company Lab.
Nicole has a rich background in every angle of the startup world, providing a rare collection of perspectives including investing, boutique ... accelerator management, product development, technical research, IP and licensing, startup community building, as well as launching and running several successful businesses. Driven by a genuine desire to help, Nicole will provide significant value to anyone she works with.
Brent Cutcliffe
EVP - Client Services, Qwinix Technologies. Previously Business Development, FutureDash Corporation.
She has deep understanding of the entrepreneurial and venture capital process.
Sebastiaan Hooft
They're my friends  •  Entrepreneur in Residence, DJ School Amsterdam and Entrepreneur in Residence, Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Stanford grad.
Nicole is an awesome advisor. I'm proud to vouch for her.
Jeffrey Bunge
We worked together  •  Co-founder & Development Executive, RepIT Apps.
Nicole provides direct and well thought out input as well as actionable goals to help optimize the direction of your business.
Lalita Booth, MPP, MBA
We worked together  •  CEO and Co-Founder, Navitome. Previously Interim Director, Strategy and Influence, Exceptional Lives. Harvard Business School grad.
Nicole has wide-ranging expertise and experience and a wonderful network. She's a great connector and a fundraising maven. She's thoughtful, ... engaging, and extremely effective at helping entrepreneurs break through logjams.

Jeffrey Bunge
They're my mentor  •  Co-founder & Development Executive, RepIT Apps.
Jeff has the right mix of coachability and audacity that tends to make a great CEO. Jeff has had some business experience and he knows what ... it takes on a day to day basis to make something thrive. He's also pretty sharp so he can think on his feet.

Deb Zell
They're my friends  •  Customer Experience, Deloitte Digital and Product Strategist, Chromatical.
Deb is very smart. She has been active in the startup space for many years and knows what it takes. She's fearless and willing to go "all in ... ."