Todd WarrenVenture CapitalistManaging Partner of Divergent Partners
Todd Warren divides his time between the technology industry and entrepreneurial educational ventures. He is an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. In addition to advising Divergent and their investments, Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. Winter and spring 2010 he is teaching a course in entrepreneurship entitled NUvention Web, in which teams from across the university, including the business and engineering schools, define and launch startup businesses. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.
Warren worked for Microsoft for over 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, Warren 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. Warren 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 leading to the introduction of Microsoft Exchange. He also was a senior program manager in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 group, and led the unit that produces Microsoft Project. Todd retired from Microsoft in February 2009.
Warren joined Microsoft after completing a BA with honors in computer science and economics at Northwestern University. At Northwestern he serves on the board of trustees as well as a number of advisory boards in the University. He is vice chair of the board of trustees of Ashesi University, a new liberal arts University in Accra, Ghana focused on developing the next generation of African leaders. Warren lives in Seattle with his wife Ruth and their two high school children.