Agilix was founded in 2001 by the same team of principals who had built first Folio and then Ancestry.com. After selling off those two highly successful companies in succession, the team turned its attention to the rapidly changing education market, creating BrainHoney, Buzz, and the Extensible Learning Infrastructure, or xLi.
As they built Folio in the mid-1990s into a unique and powerful online publishing tool and platform, the Agilix team learned to deal with the transformation of data and the conversion of large amounts of information into formats that could be consumed by content publishers. Well before the World Wide Web was a reality, the Folio Views team was indexing and supporting hyperlinking of large amounts of information over local and wide-area networks.
Folio Views to this day remains a high-performance, information retrieval software tool that provides robust, offline text searching in large collections of free-format, mission-critical information.
Following the sale of Folio, the Agilix team took aim at the burgeoning worldwide interest in genealogy by launching the Ancestry.com Web service in 1996. Within a few years, this site and its associated properties became the go-to brand for genealogical research, including providing a searchable index of every name of every person in the 1910 and 1930 Federal censuses. Within five years of launch, Ancestry.com had indexed one billion records, a feat no other company in the genealogy space has yet matched.
In the process of building these two huge successes, the Agilix founding team mastered the conversion of large amounts of data from non-digital to digital formats (including indexing photo images of the pages in the 1930 Census) as well as the efficient and effective management of databases containing billions of bytes of information.
It brings these two broad skill sets to bear on the education world with its creation of Brain Honey, Buzz, and the Agilix xLi platform.
Meet Our Team
Curt Allen, President and CEO
Mr. Allen co-founded Agilix in 2001 and manages strategic direction and key relationships with Microsoft, Intel, Franklin Covey and others. Prior to Agilix, Mr. Allen founded and led Ancestry.com to reach 16M registered members and created Folio – a world leader in publishing services.
Dave McGinn, COO
Mr. McGinn directs the operational and financial strategies of Agilix. Prior to joining Agilix in 2002, Mr. McGinn raised more than $75M in capital for Ancestry.com/MyFamily.com while quadrupling growth in one year. Mr. McGinn was an executive at Novell, OpenMarket, and Soft Solutions.
Mark Luetzelschwab, Ph.D., SVP Product and Marketing
Dr. Luetzelschwab directs product development, marketing and professional services. Dr. Luetzelschwab has directed award-winning, ground-breaking products for 20 years and served as an executive in numerous startup companies.
Mark Wolfgramm, VP Development
Mr. Wolfgramm co-founded Agilix and manages the world-class Agilix development team. Prior to Agilix, Mr. Wolfgramm co-designed and devoped the core infrastructure of both MyFamily.com and Folio – capable of indexing billions of records and delivering search results to millions of users in milliseconds.
Chipp Walters, SVP, General Manager IdeaWorks Professional Services
Mr. Walters is a world class interface and software designer and producer, having title credits including work for Fortune 100, Disney, Dreamworks, and The Discovery Channel.
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