(July 23, 2014) - Business Insider recently profiled 35-year-old Mark Leslie. Mark is a computer programer in New York City who has an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Like many adults on the autism spectrum, Mark has battled social anxiety which made it difficult for him to find a job. That is until he applied at ULTRA testing.
ULTRA Testing is a software-testing firm that almost exclusively hires adults with autism. The startup company was founded in 2012 by former MIT roommates, Art Shectman and Rajesh Anandan. The company finds employees through advocacy groups like Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP).
ULTRA Testing seeks out individuals who excel at repetitive behaviors and pattern recognition. The company puts effort into providing a stress-free enviornment for its employees and many work from home.
"That’s one of our core challenges, 'How can we make enough structure in a fast-moving environment while being able to be responsive to our clients and deliver an efficient service?'" ULTRA Testing founder Rajesh Anandan told Business Insider. "The structure we’re implementing is just taking more time within the internal team and not being visible to the clients. It means we’re not as profitable as another business would be, but we’re not trying to maximize profits, we’re trying to maximize the quality of the service and how quickly we can grow."