Chris Drake (entrepreneur)
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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.
In 2013, the university selected Drake to receive its Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
While serving in the military, Drake built some of the first secure websites for the U.S. Army.
After college, Drake founded TargetScope, an interactive marketing and web development company.
In 2009, he started Armor (then known as FireHost) with his own money. Under Drake’s leadership, the company has grown quickly, attracting $59 million in funding and doubling its revenue for three consecutive years. It now has roughly 200 employees and operates five data centers around the globe.
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- "Dallas-based FireHost Goes Live With its New Data Center in Singapore.". Hosting Journalist. 2014-01-23. http://www.hostingjournalist.com/2996/cloud-hosting/dallas-based-firehost-goes-live-with-its-new-data-center-in-singapore/. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
- "FireHost CEO and Founder, Chris Drake, Named to Dallas Business Journal's "40 Under 40" List". Citybizlist Dallas. 2012-08-22. http://dallas.citybizlist.com/article/firehost-ceo-and-founder-chris-drake-named-dallas-business-journals-40-under-40-list. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
- Abril, Danielle (2013-08-24). "Metroplex Technology Business Council honors Tech Titans of DFW.". Dallas Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/2013/08/metroplex-technology-business-council.html?ana=e_dal_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-08-26. Retrieved 2015-05-11.