Powwownow was founded in 2004, offering customers low-cost conference calling facilities with the ethos of no booking, no billing, no fuss. (The customer does not need to book a conference room and never receives a bill from Powwownow. They only pay the cost of their own call, which is added to their standard telecoms bill.)
Powwownow is Europe's fastest growing free conference call provider and operates in 15 countries including the UK, US and major European markets.
In 2011, Powwownow was included in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, the league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private tech companies with the fastest-growing sales over the last three years.
Powwownow and Audio-Cast are trading names of Via-Vox Limited, which is a UK incorporated company registered at Companies House (Company Number: 04646978, VAT REG: 813 0934 52).
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People at Powwownow
Andrew Pearce, Founder & Non-Executive Director
As founder member and Managing Director of Inkfish Call Centres Ltd, Andrew steered the company from its inception to a £26.4million turnover in just seven years. When the company was sold to Domestic and General Group Plc in 2001, Andrew remained with Inkfish, and was promoted to the Group Plc Board in 2003, where he was responsible for contact centres within the group. In June 2004 Andrew decided it was time for a new challenge. Already an investor in Powwownow, he saw the opportunity to join the team and help the company move into its next phase of growth. Andrew comments: "Like when we established Inkfish, we were changing the way companies looked at outsourcing contact centres, now I have the opportunity to work with the fastest growing voice conferencing company in the UK. Again, changing the business model for conferencing from what was previously a high-cost, complicated service, to a no-cost, simple-to-use solution."
To read more on Andrew, visit his entrepreneur blog!
Paul Lees, Founder & Executive Chairman
Paul was founder, Technical Director and Product Architect for ViewsCast - a company which developed an advanced CTI / internet platform producing real-time measurement of customer opinions over the telephone and internet. ViewsCast clients included BT, Norwich Union, British Gas, Powergen, and various customers in the financial services, telecoms and utilities markets. In 2004, ViewsCast was sold to Synovate (a global market research company, part of the Aegis Group). Prior to his pioneering work with Viewscast, Paul had fifteen years' experience in the computer industry (including BT, TNT, Maritz and Research International) in systems design, development and program implementation. "Developing products is all about customer focus", says Paul. "Things should work as people expect them to, and cost an amount that they feel comfortable with. It is easy to build large, complex systems with confusing tariffs and lots of features - the difficult part is boiling down the real requirement into a tight feature set which works intuitively."
Mick Kemp, Founder & Executive Director
Mick has many years experience in the IT industry as a system integration specialist designing, developing and delivering enterprise-level solutions. Mick has worked with a wide variety of organisations in both the commercial and public sectors including TNT, BT, British Coal, British Fuels, Hansons, USB, Hambros, First Choice Holidays, UK Online and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Simon Curry, CEO
Simon joined Powwownow in late 2011 from British Telecommunications plc where he held a number of general management and commercial roles. Latterly Simon had been the Chief Executive of Plusnet plc (2010) an Internet Services Provider, in which he helped deliver market share growth coupled with a range of awards for customer satisfaction. Prior to that (from 2006) Simon was the Chief Executive Officer for dabs.com plc, one of Europe’s largest technology e-tailers covering both B2C and B2B markets and where he was responsible for achieving unprecedented revenue, profitability and customer advocacy. Simon spent much of his early career within marketing and commercial roles for fast moving consumer goods companies, including Philip Morris, Bass Brewers and Mars Confectionery. Simon looks forward to help Powwownow both continue to deliver high levels of growth within the voice segment and help the business penetrate the adjacent collaboration market.
Chris Martin, CTO
Chris brings over 20 years of experience to Powwownow, in building and leading technology teams to deliver innovative and scalable technology solutions for business and consumer sectors. In his previous role as CTO at Cheapflights Media, Chris was responsible for architecting, building and supporting the technology platform to satisfy over 140 million global annual visits, and the gathering of millions of daily travel deals. Prior to his role at Cheapflights Media, Chris was CTO of eBuyer.com, a leading UK ecommerce web site, where he was responsible for the website and all e-commerce and back-office systems to support the business. Chris has also led Production and Engineering teams for the renowned web search business AskJeeves in Europe. Over a five year period, Chris defined and implemented the technologies and systems to support the company's UK presence and growth into several European countries.
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