Todd Warren divides his time between the technology industry and entrepreneurial educational ventures. He is a managing director at Divergent Ventures since 2012, which focuses on early-stage computing infrastructure companies. At Divergent he serves on the board and advises their portfolio companies (see www.divergentvc.com). In addition to his work at Divergent, Todd is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. Since 2010 Todd has co-taught a multi-disciplinary course in entrepreneurship entitled NUvention Web, in which teams from across the University, including the business and engineering schools, define and
launch startup businesses. A few teams continue their ventures each year; and many have raised venture funding and generate great exits. The class was named by Inc. magazine as one of the top 10 in entrepreneurship in 2011 and VentureBeat as one of the top 4 in 2012. NUvention Web has served hundreds of students who have launched or contributed to many successful startups around the world.
Prior to his current activities, Todd worked for Microsoft for 21 years in a variety of product management, general management, and product development roles. He was a corporate vice president from 2003 to 2009. From 2005 until 2009, Todd was responsible for the development and technical product strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system and related products. Prior to his role in Windows Mobile, Todd directed Microsoft’s device efforts in the automotive and media device space and managed its mapping business unit responsible for the release of maps.live.com. Todd also had key roles in Microsoft’s server applications group, including leading the development of the first two releases of Windows Small Business Server and the product planning and product management of Microsoft Exchange. He also led the unit that produces Microsoft Project. His first position was as a
program manager in Microsoft’s tools group. Todd retired from Microsoft in February 2009.
Todd joined Microsoft after completing a BA with Honors in Computer Science and Economics at Northwestern. Todd serves on the non-profit boards of VentureWell, which supports innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, as well as the board of Ashesi University, where he is a founding board member and past board chair. Ashesi University has been educating young Africans in Ghana since 2004. Ashesi is a liberal arts and engineering university with more than 800 students and more than 1000 alumni. Its mission is focused on developing the next generation of African leaders. Todd has taught entrepreneurship and software engineering at Ashesi. At Northwestern, he is a past member of
the board of trustees and currently serves on several school advisory boards. Todd lives in Seattle with
his wife Ruth. He has two children, who were both computer science majors and are software
developers in industry on the west coast.