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Paul Allen is building up people and platforms—in that order.

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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.

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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.

Paul is a 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 Allen - technology visionary


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.

Social philosopher, Paul Allen


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 has said that if he has one entrepreneurial superpower, it’s asking questions at scale. He first asked how we can connect to our past – the answer? Founding Ancestry.com. He now asks how we can connect to our future. He answers, as he usually does, in grand fashion – by becoming the world’s foremost thought leader on the Strengths Movement. First at Gallup and now at Soar.com, Paul is on a mission to help every person, executive, team, and company understand their unique abilities.


Paul is best known for founding Ancestry.com in 1997 (now worth 2.6 Billion). He was its original CEO and he created the content subscription business model and marketing strategies. He served in many executive roles as Ancestry became the leading genealogy company in the world.

From 2012-2017 Paul was Global Strengths Evangelist for Gallup, helping lead a worldwide movement to bring strengths psychology into schools and workplaces. The StrengthsFinder 2.0 customer base grew from 7 million to 16 million during that time.

Paul taught entrepreneurship and marketing at the university level for 4 years. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Utah Valley University School of Business. He is a director of the Human Justice Foundation, which aims to change the emphasis in the criminal justice system from punishment and retribution to compassion and rehabilitation.

Paul has travelled and spoken extensively about how to unlock potential in individuals and build positive, strengths-based cultures. Through a unique blend of current, topical data, and personal, moving storytelling, Paul gives his audiences both the motivation and the information they need to turn his keynote into action.

Paul Allen - Keynote speaker, Gallup event
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