Paul Allen is building up people and platforms—in that order.
Paul conceived the idea for Ancestry.com in 1996 and launched the company as its founding CEO in July 1997. Since then, tens of millions of people have used the service to discover more about their family heritage.
GLOBAL STRENGTHS EVANGELIST
Paul is currently a Gallup Senior Adviser. Prior to this, Paul helped lead the global strengths movement for Gallup in Washington, DC. Since 1999, nearly 17 million people have used this powerful tool to discover how to use their natural talents at work and in life.
TOP RATED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Paul has given hundreds of informative and inspiring lectures, keynote speeches, and workshops around the world, in North America, Europe, and Asia. His positive message resonates with and inspires entrepreneurs, CEOs, CTOs, executives in HR & L&D, association leaders, educators and emerging leaders.
Paul’s products have been used by millions and have generated billions of dollars in revenue. He continues to stay on the forefront of technology, and is working with top engineers and companies to build products that help people live more fulfilling lives. “The future is already here–it’s not just very evenly distributed.” Paul knows innovation can be sparked with a strengths-based approach. The power of this approach is evident in his own entrepreneurial endeavors. Through harnessing his own strengths and the strengths of his team, Paul has founded and inspired companies that continue to have lasting impact.
Paul is a vocal advocate for investing in people. Every person everywhere deserves a chance to soar with their strengths. Leaders in government, business, education, non-profits and the faith community can choose to invest in every person. Corporations can begin to value people above profits and GDP growth. We face a technologically advanced future that threatens to replace human jobs with robots and AI. Paul hopes to inspires leaders with new tools and ideas to move forward towards a more inclusive economic system where more people can thrive.
Paul Allen has founded 8 companies during more than two decades as a tech entrepreneur. His first company was Infobases, a CD ROM publishing company known for its religious and educational content. This electronic content publishing business led directly to his next company, Ancestry.com, which he co-founded in 1997. Paul devised Ancestry’s content subscription business model. He also pioneered many of the internet marketing channels that Ancestry has used to become one of Utah’s most valuable companies. In 2007 he founded FamilyLink, whose Facebook apps for families “went viral” and attracted more than 120 million users by 2010. From 2012-2017 Paul lived in Washington DC where he worked for Gallup and oversaw the “global strengths movement” based on the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. His latest company, Strengths, Inc., is partnering with Gallup to go beyond the 17 million people who have discovered their strengths, and reach many more people throughout the world. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, Paul teaches how strengths can be found and used to improve productivity and well-being.
Paul taught entrepreneurship for 2 years at Utah Valley University and internet marketing for 2 years at BYU. He was an Ernst & Young Utah Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, and the MarketingSherpa national Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. He is a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and was named a Cyber Pioneer in 2010 by the Cyber Law Section of the Utah State Bar. He was the honored alumnus of the BYU Humanities College in 2016, having graduated in 1990 with a BA in Russian. Paul and his wife Christy live in Provo. They have 8 children and 2 grandchildren.