Chris Drake (entrepreneur)

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Chris Drake is an American entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of Armor, Inc..[1]


After serving in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, Drake attended the University of North Texas and graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in finance.[2]

In 2013, the university selected Drake to receive its Distinguished Young Alumni Award.[2]


While serving in the military, Drake built some of the first secure websites for the U.S. Army.[3]

After college, Drake founded TargetScope, an interactive marketing and web development company.[1]

In 2009, he started Armor (then known as FireHost) with his own money.[4] Under Drake’s leadership, the company has grown quickly, attracting $59 million in funding and doubling its revenue for three consecutive years.[5] It now has roughly 200 employees[6] and operates five data centers around the globe.[7]

In 2013, Drake was recognized as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”[8] He was also honored as the Emerging Company CEO of the year by the Metroplex Technology Business Council.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 CrunchBase. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2013 Alumni Awards Recipients". Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  3. Cho, Hanah (2014-08-30). "Richardson cloud provider takes military approach to protect against cyberattacks". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  4. Strauss, Karsten (2013-06-14). "Beating Up Cyber-Bullies: FireHost Takes Another $12 Million.". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  5. Novet, Jordan (2014-04-16). "FireHost wants to be an upmarket AWS, and investors are buying in for $25M.". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  6. Cho, Hanah (2015-02-04). "Richardson’s FireHost to join forces with Dell.". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  7. "Dallas-based FireHost Goes Live With its New Data Center in Singapore.". Hosting Journalist. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  8. "FireHost CEO and Founder, Chris Drake, Named to Dallas Business Journal's "40 Under 40" List". Citybizlist Dallas. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  9. Abril, Danielle (2013-08-24). "Metroplex Technology Business Council honors Tech Titans of DFW.". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-05-11.