Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Jim is responsible for overall company strategy, sales and marketing. With over 30 years of business experience, Jim has held many diverse positions in sales, marketing, general management and executive leadership roles. Prior to Kyrus Mobile, Jim co-founded Curtis-Straus, a conformity assessment testing laboratory specializing in the ITE, telecom, medical test & measurement, and wireless markets where he served as CEO and Director of Sales and Marketing. During his tenure at Curtis Straus, the company was awarded the Entrepreneur Hot 100 Company award in 1998 and 1999, and the INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies award in 2001. Jim holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College and has taken graduate courses in Business and Marketing at Boston University’s School of Management.
Founder and Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Steve is responsible for day-to-day operations of the company. Steve is an experienced entrepreneur and has a strong track record building innovative products and partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Kyrus Mobile, Steve was a Global Product Manager for Pitney Bowes, Inc. where he delivered the business plan, go to market strategy and infrastructure for customized Internet products. Prior to Pitney Bowes, Steve was Director of Sales and Marketing for PVI Systems, Sales and Marketing Manager at RetailExchange.com, and a founder at HealthTech. Steve holds a BSBA in Business from Northeastern University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Vice President of Engineering & Operations
As Vice President of Engineering & Operations, Frank is responsible for the engineering and operational functions within Kyrus Mobile. He brings over 25 years of technical leadership to the team, including over 15 years in the wireless telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Kyrus Mobile, Frank lead engineering teams at Payvia/Mobile Messenger, a leading mobile and online payments company, and Orange/France Telecom R&D, where he lead development of scalable, voice recognition-based services. Previously, he was a lead engineer and manager at several start-ups, including Wildfire Communications (acquired by Orange) and InterACTics. Frank holds a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell.
As Chief Architect, Jim is responsible for architecture, product design, development and product management. With more than 30 years experience, Jim brings broad and deep experience in product development and software project management to the company. Prior to Kyrus Mobile, Jim was IT Architect/Senior Director of IT at Liquid Machines. Prior to Liquid Machines, Jim spent 11 years in a variety of roles at Microsoft in Boston and Seattle. Previously, he held Senior Software Developer roles at AICorp, SoftBridge MicroSystems, Index Technology, and Information Marketing Businesses. Jim began his career at Digital Equipment Corp. He holds a Pre-BS in EE and CC from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Gerald J. Kennedy
Charles River Insurance
Gerald Kennedy brings over 25 years of broad based, insurance brokerage experience, with multi-carrier expertise. He has expertise in commercial property and casualty insurance underwriting, with additional experience in loss control, risk mitigation and claims handling. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with the management and delivery of thousands of insurance programs.
Jon D. Curtis, P.E.
Jon Curtis is an entrepreneur, now focused on his second start up. Along with founding partners James Lewis and Isidor Straus, he took his first venture to the Inc. 500 and sold it to a French conglomerate in ten years. His second venture is well launched and profitable less than three years from being founded. Jon brings a strong business sense, financial aptitude and technical knowledge of the insurance industry to his board role at Kyrus Mobile. Jon holds an Electrical Engineering degree from MIT.
Isidor is an independent investment advisor and entrepreneur. He has been a founding partner in two successful electronics laboratory businesses. Most recently, he was co-founder and Chief Scientist for Curtis-Straus, LLC that was subsequently acquired by a French conglomerate. Previously, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering at Dash, Straus & Goodhue, Inc., which was acquired by a large British business. Isidor brings a broad and deep background in engineering, finance and strategic planning to his board role at Kyrus Mobile. Isidor holds a BSEE from MIT, and a Master’s degree in Finance from Boston College.