Mary serves as the Higgins project co-lead. Through her work in business development and software for CRM, e-commerce and PLM she has come to see the need for open, user-centric systems that enable people to manage their own profile and relationship information; and is assembling the organizations and individuals to bring this vision to reality. Mary is the founder of Meristic, Inc. and co-founder of socialphysics.org. Previously Mary was a VP at Parity Communications, Inc. Prior to that, she was VP Strategic Marketing at PTC and VP Advanced Products at Pegasystems. Mary has a degree in Mathematics from Smith College and a MSM from MIT.
Paul has been Parity's CEO since 2003. During this time he has focused on the technical architecture of Higgins and has co-founded SocialPhysics.org, IdentityGang.org, and IdentitySchemas.org. He blogs at InContextBlog.com Prior to co-founding Parity with John Clippinger in 2000 and joining as its CTO, Paul was president of Bitstream (NASDAQ:BITS). He joined Bitstream after its merger with his previous startup, Archetype. Paul founded Archetype in 1985, and over the course of the next several years brought five successful electronic publishing software applications to market through OEM relationships with IBM, Xerox, Nynex, Apple and others. Prior to Archetype, in 1982 Paul co-founded Lightspeed Computers, an interactive design workstation spin-off of the MIT Media Lab that was sold to DuPont in 1996. He is a graduate of MIT. He helped lead the creation of the PPML standard that has been adopted by HP, Xerox, IBM and many others. Paul has contributed to XML standards efforts within the W3C. In 1999 Paul received the Seybold Industry Vision award for his contributions to the publishing industry.