InstantEncore is the world's leading provider of web and mobile technology to the
performing arts. Top artists, ensembles and performing arts organizations use InstantEncore
to power their websites and mobile apps and to create lasting connections with fans
around the world.
Bill Stensrud graduated from MIT in 1971 majoring in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science. He held a variety of technical, marketing and executive positions
in the communications industry. He was a founder of StrataCom (acquired by Cisco),
the CEO of Primary Access (acquired by 3Com) and an early investor and Director
of Juniper Networks. He was a partner with a major venture capital firm in San Diego
and ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” in the venture
capital industry. Bill is now a private investor and mentor to entrepreneurs.
Bill has been a philanthropist and an active supporter of the arts for many years.
He has served on the boards of Scripps Health, the Neurosciences Institute, the
San Diego Telecom Council, the University of California at San Diego Foundation,
the National Venture Capital Association. He is a past President of the San Diego
Opera and is a passionate lover of classical music in all of its many forms.
Chief Executive Officer
Evan Schumacher graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 with
a B.S in Electrical Engineering and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering,
with a focus in Computer Vision the following year. He co-founded Fortuna Classical
Music which designed and built a media player specifically for classical music audiophiles.
The technology born in that project formed the foundation for InstantEncore, which
he co-founded in 2007.
Chief Marketing Officer
David Dombrosky brings over fifteen years of experience in arts management and technology
to his role as Chief Marketing Officer for InstantEncore. He frequently writes and
presents on the uses of technology within arts organizations, most recently for
the National Arts Marketing Project, Technology in the Arts, Performing Arts Exchange,
Americans for the Arts, TEDxMichiganAve, and The Association of American Cultures
Conference. Prior to joining the InstantEncore team, David established an arts and
technology consultancy, taught graduate courses in arts management at Carnegie Mellon
University, directed Carnegie Mellon's Center for Arts Management and Technology,
and spent eight years at the Southern Arts Federation designing and managing regional
and national programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. In 2007,
Americans for the Arts honored his service to the field with its Emerging Leader
Award. David holds a M.A. in Communication Studies as well as B.A. degrees in Psychology
and Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his partner and serves on the board
of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.
Chief Product Development Officer
Ross Stensrud began developing websites and mobile applications while playing lacrosse
and studying mechanical engineering at the University of California at San Diego.
In the summer of his sophomore year, Ross was commissioned along with roommate Evan
Schumacher (CTO) to build a digital music system for InstantEncore founder and CEO,
Bill Stensrud. It was this project where, Ross discovered his passion for programming
and quickly taught himself C#, CSS, jQuery, ASP.NET Webforms or MVC, Adobe Photoshop
& Premiere. Upon graduation Ross pursued a career in his field of study before becoming
the Chief Product Development Officer in 2005.
Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos
Co-Founder, Strategy Advisor
Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos is a concert cellist turned tech entrepreneur and Partner
in the SwitchCase Group. Ms. Drakos currently focuses on business development and
strategy for InstantEncore. She is a frequent guest-speaker at conferences and universities
on creating vibrant 21st Century Arts Organizations, designing a digital strategy
and building virtual tribes. In 2010, her leadership abilities were recognized by
the World Economic Forum with an invitation to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders,
a community of extraordinary achievers under the age of 40.
Prior to business, Ms. Drakos performed as a solo cellist and chamber musician throughout
Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. The former cellist of the American
String Quartet, Ms. Drakos has also held posts as the Associate Principal Cellist
of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Principal Cellist of the San Diego and Oregon Symphonies.
Ms. Drakos has toured the U.S. with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborated with
the world's leading artists. Ms. Drakos served as Artist-in-Residence and faculty
member at Manhattan School of Music and Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Drakos has recorded
for Arabesque Records and Sony Classical and produced for the Miro String Quartet
on Longhorn Records.
At fifteen, Ms. Drakos entered the Cleveland Institute of Music as a double major
in cello and composition. She completed her education at the prestigious Curtis
Institute of Music where she studied with David Soyer. She received a Masters Degree
from Columbia University in Human Rights (2008). Margo resides in Los Angeles with
her husband. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Institute