Todd is seeking start-ups capable of achieving huge impact by enabling people in emerging or underserved markets through access to life-changing products and services. In particular, affordable products and services that can improve the lives of billions of people.
We can all agree that the world is hot, flat and crowded. Enabling more people to be connected, informed, educated and entertained benefits everyone.
Technology is the great equalizer. The Internet and mobile are nearly ubiquitous. The internet delivers the world’s knowledge to everyone and entrepreneurs are coming up with creative ways to use technology to bring better living and more opportunity to broader groups of consumers. Mission-driven businesses that serve new and previously neglected markets will thrive.
Todd has made early investments in a number of up-and-coming companies that fit this profile: Jana puts information and mobile communication into the hands of billions of people in emerging markets; FreightFarms aims to bring healthy, sustainable food to every corner of the world. Todd is also interested in businesses that bring quality healthcare to more people, including those that focus on brain health.
Before co-founding Spark Capital, Todd was a General Partner at Battery Ventures, where he led investments in Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), Arbor Networks (Donaher), Broadbus (Motorola), Redstone (Siemans), River Delta Networks (Motorola), Qtera (Nortel Networks) and XCOM (Level 3 Communications). Earlier in his career, Todd was a Senior Technology Analyst at Montgomery Securities, Smith Barney and Yankee Group.
Todd is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Power Launch, a social impact accelerator and innovation lab. Power Launch’s venture philanthropy fund and innovative programs help promising nonprofits access needed resources to scale and sustain their impact.
Todd taught as an Adjunct Professor at the MIT Sloan School of business and has produced several feature films, including Pretty Persuasion, Transsiberian and Nothing Left to Fear. He is on the President’s Advisory Board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Board. Todd holds a B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.