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We are an early-stage venture capital investment firm headquartered in Seattle Washington. Our experience has taught us the importance of being closely involved with the companies we invest in, partnering with management to help overcome challenges.  Our investments focus on three key areas: Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data, and Data Driven Applications.

 

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Todd_Warren-300X300Todd Warren is a Managing Director at Divergent Ventures. He divides his time between the technology industry and entrepreneurial educational ventures. Previously Todd worked for Microsoft for over 21 years, most recently as corporate vice president. He has led development and marketing in Windows Mobile, Windows Small Business Server and Exchange Server among other groups.In addition to his work with Divergent, Todd is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern University. Since 2010 he has co-taught a course in entrepreneurship entitled NUvention Web, in which teams define and launch startup businesses. The NUvention series was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country. He is also the chair of the board of trustees of Ashesi University, an educational “startup” in Accra, Ghana focused on developing the next generation of African leaders through high quality liberal arts education. He serves on the board of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), which supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges. Email Todd Warren View Todd Warren's LinkedIn profile
Kevin_Ober-300x300Kevin Ober is a Managing Director of Divergent Ventures. Prior to Divergent, he spent 7 years with Vulcan Ventures, a national venture capital firm owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. While with Vulcan, he led investments in Internet Infrastructure companies Internap Network Services Corporation, Nexabit Networks, Wavtrace and Net Perceptions. Other investments included Command Audio, Capstone Turbine, Colorado Micro Displays, ShareWave, Terastor and Netschools. Prior to working at Vulcan Ventures, Ober served in various positions at Conner Peripherals, Inc., a computer hard disk drive manufacturer in San Jose California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He is a director of Internap Network Services Corporation and SpaceCurve and a board observer with Flashsoft and Piston. Email Kevin Ober View Kevin Ober's LinkedIn profile
Rob_shurtleff-300x300Rob Shurtleff is a Managing Director of Divergent Ventures. He has more than 20 years of software design, development, product marketing and management experience in high-profile, fast-growth technology companies. In addition to his hands on operating experience, Shurtleff has been active in the venture community as an angel investor since 1996. In 1999 Shurtleff founded Sightline Partners, a strategic consulting group focused on early stage companies in conjunction with a number of Venture firms in Seattle. Shurtleff served on the Board of Directors of Internap Network Exchange (NASD INAP) since January of 1997 through December of 2004, and had been involved with the company since its inception. In addition to Internap, Shurtleff is actively involved with a number of pre-public startups serving on the Board of Directors, advisory boards and he was also the interim CEO of Asta Networks in 2002. From 1988 to 1998, Shurtleff held various management positions at Microsoft Corporation, primarily creating email products including Microsoft Exchange. Prior to working at Microsoft, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Company and Digital Equipment Corp in a variety of software development and management positions. He has a Bachelor or Arts degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a board observer at Flashsoft and Piston. Email Rob Shurtleff View Rob Shurtleff's LinkedIn profile

 

Contact Us

Divergent Ventures
1652 20th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

We are always willing to sit down and have coffee with an inspiring entrepeneur with an idea or business plan. Send us a message, we would love to hear from you.

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