Todd Simpson


Todd has over 25 years of experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and C-level technology executive. Todd joined us after serving as Chief Strategy Officer at AVG, repositioning the company's via multiple acquisitions, ultimately leading to AVG's own acquisition by Avast for $1.3B. Todd was a co-founder of Call Genie (taken public in Toronto), Ezone Networks, and Conversion Works, as well as CEO of Jasomi Networks (sold to Ditech Networks, where Todd then became the CEO). Todd also served as Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla, which spurred an interest in decentralization, a core theme to his investments at inovia capital.

Todd holds a BSc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. He is a frequent speaker and writer (including a Science Fiction trilogy), and holds multiple patents. Todd currently serves on the board of Armored Things, and is an advisor to Spatial, PEX, and Boosted.

I joined inovia capital because the team is full of great, smart people. Having known several of the partners for many years and having seen both their success as well as their approach to venture capital, it was exciting to join them.

Things that keep me up at night, in a good way are first, the signals that we may (finally) put humans on another planet, and second, the opportunity for technology to democratize work and wealth.

Fear is that the misuse of technology overshadows the benefits; we need to focus more on the ethical application of technology.

I am in the venture community to support those doing important work to improve the world. As an entrepreneur I could focus on one opportunity at a time; as a VC I can assist on many in parallel.

Venture-backed businesses thrive when they manage time — it is your most important resource. The more time you can spend building your business, and the less time worrying about funding, the better.