Ivan H. Darius, Ph.D. is co-founder of Plano, Texas-based Optimal Blue, a SaaS provider of product eligibility and pricing engine (PPE) technology and content management. Dr. Darius founded Optimal Blue in 2002 with more than 30 years of executive experience in technology, product development and operations.
While Co-CEO of Optimal Blue, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the company as well as focusing on the technical and strategic product direction. He designed the Optimal Blue system to leverage the convergence of technology with content management to seamlessly connect investors, lenders and originators to more efficiently source, manage, price and lock a loan in real time.
Prior to founding Optimal Blue, Dr. Darius was president and CEO of Sollen Technologies LLC (1999-2002) in Dallas. While there, Sollen became the first successful ASP selling automation and process improvement tools to the mortgage industry. Additionally, he designed and implemented the first highly scalable, massively parallel decision engine for pricing and eligibility. During his tenure, the company grew from zero to $2.5 million in annual revenue. Prior to Sollen Technologies LLC he was President of CEO of Rose Research LLC (1996-1999), an intellectual property company for semiconductor technology, before that he was COO at IMT, Inc. both in Dallas (1994 – 1996).
Dr. Darius’ career started at Texas Instruments Incorporated (1980 – 1993). He has held positions, in Brussels (Belgium), Nice (France), Johnson City (TN) and Dallas (TX), ranging from Industrial Systems Project Manager to Senior Member Technical Staff and Director of the Decision Systems Laboratory which at the time was focused on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and simulation-based modeling techniques for operational improvement in the semi-conductor industry.
Dr. Darius attended The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium where he earned a bachelor of science in physics, summa cum laude and a Ph.D. in Physics, magna cum laude. He is also fluent in English, French, Dutch and has a working knowledge of German.