Author Archives: Margo Drakos

About Margo Drakos

I am a concert cellist turned tech entrepreneur, with a passion for cultivating scalable businesses that enable communities to flourish through the power of technology. I am focusing on business development and strategy for two companies in our SwitchCase Group portfolio – InstantEncore.com, of which I am a co-founder and COO, and Interactive Fitness Holdings, where I am VP of Business Development. In 2010, I was honored to be appointed as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. As part of my commitment to the Forum community, I have co-founded The AppBridge, designed to empower “The Bottom Billion” through development, implementation, and promotion of education and health focused mobile applications. I entered music conservatory when I was fifteen to study composition and cello and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I received a Masters Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University in 2008 focusing on the human rights and the extractive industry. My husband and I currently reside in Los Angeles.

The Age of Relevance – Lessons from a world away

I wrote this post ahead of the American Orchestra Forum hosted by the San Francisco Symphony March 17, 2012.  For video from the live event visit http://symphonyforum.org/?p=1280 “The souls of people, on their way to Earth, pass through a room full of … Continue reading

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I found my “Dream Quartet” in an unexpected industry.

My love for string quartets drew me to the cello, or rather, it motivated me to practice. It isn’t just the repertoire – I was hooked by the music the first time I ever heard the early Guarneri recording of … Continue reading

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I remember when I used to remember phone numbers.

One of my dear friends, composer David Ludwig, was able to maintain the same phone number throughout multiple moves during conservatory and thereafter. For about fifteen years he had the same number. I still remember it. Now he does not … Continue reading

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OPERA America Conference Presentation

It was a pleasure to speak at the OPERA America Conference this June in Los Angeles. I am sharing my slides from the presentation here. The objective was to look at – 1) What is digital media and why does … Continue reading

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League of American Orchestras Conference – Creating a Digital Strategy

It was wonderful to be a part of the League of American Orchestras Conference in Atlanta, June 15-19. I had the pleasure of doing a few sessions on digital media. My objective was to: 1) Start a discussion 2) Share … Continue reading

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