RIck Myers became a member of Tampa Bay WaVE in January of 2012. His venture CallCloak is, “a service for those needing to protect their identity while making mobile phone calls. CallCloak allows users to make calls from their phone using another Caller ID that is assigned to their account.” I've heard Rick pitch/explain his venture many times in different variations. They best way I've heard it was when he pitched at the most recent Startup Weekend Tampa. He said something like, “one day I was out at a bar and I gave this girl my number. The next day I realized that I should have never given her my number and now she calls all day and night. If only I had another number that rang to my cellphone that I could give out to those I just met just to make sure I really want them to continue to call me.” Hilariously, Rick created CallCloak.
Security and privacy concerns drove Rick to develop a system that would allow him to post a phone number in want ads online and not have to expose his personal phone number to tho
se who might abuse it. He wanted to create a phone number that would be available for only the life of the ad and the be deleted so that he would not get anymore calls after the item was sold.
Now users can create an account and rent Caller ID's on a per day, week or monthly basis. They can use they number as frequently or seldomly as they like. Recently a company has become interested in CallCloak to cross-market with their online product for process servers in and around the US. Basically, a guy who serves subpeonas and warrants for the court at your house. These guys are usually private investigators hence the synergy with CallCloak for them as a part of their investigations.
When asked why Tampa Bay, Rick said, ” I think Tampa is a growing city with a diverse population that would benefit my product. I know Tampa quite well from living here since 1989 and I want to see Tampa become home to more startups like myself.”
CallCloak is just 1 of the 2 products Rick is developing. He has also launched CallFlex which provides web developers with a API to make calls to 1 or 20,000 phone numbers and play either a pre-recorded message or create the message on the fly with text to speech technology. Results of the call are sent back via a web post of the developers choice. New enhancements to the API will be able to support a question being read to the callee and the answer captured and sent back to the web developer in real time.
Rick is also working on a “Phone Company in a Box” franchise that will allow anyone to create a VoIP phone company with little or no development costs.