Callpod is a creator of consumer electronic products and software that enhance existing technology. Our portfolio of global brands delivers simple, intuitive solutions that have mass-market impact.
Darren is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Company. Darren has extensive experience in product design, engineering and development. Prior to Callpod, Darren served as Chief Financial Officer and financial advisor to JiWire (www.jiwire.com), now the leading media and technology service provider for the WiFi industry. He was formerly the Chief Financial Officer and a primary shareholder of Apollo Solutions, Inc., which he and his partners sold to CNET Networks, Inc. in June 2000.
Early in his career, Darren lived in Asia for several years, where he coordinated product development for Bell Sports, a world leader in the bicycle accessories market. He then served Arthur Andersen LLP as a management consultant for publicly owned manufacturing-based companies.
Darren holds a Masters of Science in Accountancy with Distinction from the Kellstadt School of Business at DePaul University of Chicago and has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship and Morton Thiokol Excellence in Engineering Design Award. Darren is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
A board member of the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center supporting the development of early stage companies, Darren is also an advisor to Excelerate Labs, a Chicago-based technology incubator for innovative start ups. Formerly, Darren served on the Committee of Technology Infrastructure under Mayor Richard Daley.
Craig Lurey is CTO and Co-Founder of the Company. Craig leads Callpod's software development and technology infrastructure. Craig and Darren have been active business partners in a series of successful ventures for over ten years.
Prior to Callpod, Craig was the CTO of JiWire, Inc. (www.jiwire.com), the leading media and technology service provider to the WiFi industry. Craig led development of JiWire's technology from the ground up to deliver web services and security applications to millions of users worldwide.
In 1998, Craig created a software platform for what would become CNET ChannelOnline™ (www.channelonline.com), a turnkey sales-cycle automation solution for the computer industry. Craig's company Apollo Solutions was acquired by CNET Networks Inc. in June 2000. ChannelOnline now manages the e-commerce and daily operations of thousands of computer resellers throughout the United States.
Prior to founding Apollo Solutions, Craig served Motorola as a software engineer creating firmware for cellular base stations. Craig holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.