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Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. At the time of its merger with Ancestry in June 2000, RootsWeb had about 600,000 registered users, was serving about 100,000,000 Web page views monthly, and was delivering about 160,000,000 pieces of email monthly to the subscribers of its 18,000 mailing lists. The company had more than 40 employees and operated its own 7,000 square foot data center in Bakersfield, CA.
Before founding RootsWeb, Karen was a member of the research staff at The RAND Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Washington State University and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Karen's hobbies include genealogical research, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. She is a rated leader of the Sierra Club and past Chairman of the Hundred Peaks Section.
Before founding RootsWeb, Brian was a member of the research staff at The RAND Corporation. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern California and as Director of Statistical Systems and Credit Marketing Research at The Zale Corporation. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy Analysis from The RAND Graduate School. Brian's hobbies include genealogical research, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. He is a rated leader of the Sierra Club, past Chair of the Hundred Peaks Section, and past Administrative Chair of the Angeles Chapter's Leadership Training Committee.
Anyone who wants to see pictures of Karen, Wolf (Brian), and their mountaineering friends at play are welcome to visit MtPinos.com.
Both Karen and Brian have been active on the ARPAnet / Internet for more than thirty years. They live surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest in a mountain cabin 60 miles north and 5,600 vertical feet above Los Angeles. The cabin is equipped with indifferently reliable indoor plumbing, a white and a gray Siberian Husky named Pecos and Denali, a black cat endowed with extreme attitude appropriately named Diablo, and a compact but quite capable data center with digital service to the Internet backbone.
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