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Biography

A tech entrepreneur and strategic business architect, Margo Drakos is Chief Technology Officer of McChrystal Group leading the Enterprise SaaS Insight Technology Platform team. Drawing from nearly a decade of experience taking businesses from inception to significant revenue, Margo has worked with private and public institutions to design and implement positive disruption, leveraging the power of technology.  Margo also serves as a Principal at Redwall Advisors and as Venture Advisor to Otto Capital Partners focusing on early-stage tech investments and advising. In 2007, Margo co-founded InstantEncore.com, the premiere digital asset management and mobile ticketing platform for performing arts organizations globally. In 2011, she was made a Partner at the SwitchCase Group, the lead investor in InstantEncore.  Margo has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a community of extraordinary global leaders under forty.

Margo began her professional career in childhood as a cellist, performing as a soloist and chamber musician globally. Margo served as Artist-in-Residence and Faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and Manhattan School of Music from 2002-2008. The former cellist of the American String Quartet, Margo also held posts as Principal Cellist of the San Diego and Seattle Symphonies and Associate Principal of Pittsburgh Symphony. She has recorded for Sony Classical and produced for Naxos Records.

At fifteen, Margo entered music conservatory as a double major in cello and composition. She graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Margo received a Master Degree in Human Rights from Columbia University.  Her academic publications have appeared in The International Affairs Review, The Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Cornell International Law Journal. 

As an Active Duty Army spouse, Margo is deeply committed to military family and Veterans issues. Bridging her passions for National Service and the Arts, in 2014, Margo co-founded ArtistYear, an initiative of Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, to bring the arts to underserved communities in America through one year of paid service. ArtistYear has launched in Philadelphia with Fellows from the Curtis Institute of Music.  She also serves on the Technology Advisory Council of the Franklin Project’s Service Year Platform.

Margo is a frequent guest speaker on entrepreneurship and innovation. Recent speaking engagement highlights include Carnegie Mellon University, the Global Competitiveness Forum of Saudi Arabia, TechVenture in Singapore and the World Economic Forum at Davos.  

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