January 15, 2018

Original Ancestry engineer Richard Stauffer joins Soar as lead architect

He wrote more than 30 programs in the first two years at Ancestry.com
January 15, 2018

Original Ancestry engineer Richard Stauffer joins Soar as lead architect


SILICON SLOPES, UT — Soar, an AI-powered platform that helps individuals discover their strengths, announced that Richard Stauffer, the original engineer at Ancestry.com, has joined Soar.com as lead architect.


Stauffer has worked at six Paul Allen companies over more than 15 years. He wrote more than 30 programs in the first two years at Ancestry.com —  including the customer management system, phone sales system, search engine, content acquisition tracking system, and web analytics — all of which enabled Ancestry to become the world’s leading genealogy company.


“Richard is the fastest .9 version software developer I’ve ever met,” says Paul Allen, CEO at Soar.com. “Within a week or two he can build a working version of almost any application. Soar has already benefited tremendously from having him on board, and I know we’ll continue to see additional benefits as time goes on.”


Allen met Stauffer in 1991 when Allen was looking for someone who could physically type in Bartlett’s familiar quotations for a floppy-disc based quotations library program being sold in stores. Stauffer could type 130 words per minute, so he applied and got the job. A week into the job, the company experienced some software issues, and at that point Stauffer told Allen he was a computer science major at BYU who could code. From that point on, Stauffer has been Paul’s primary engineer for his startup companies.


“Of all the startups I’ve worked on with Paul, nothing excites me quite like Soar.com has,” Stauffer says. “There’s something powerful about enabling people to live up to their specific set of strengths in life, and the passion and care of this team has propelled the whole thing forward. I can’t wait to see what we create next.”


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