Todd Dagres

B.S., Psychology, 1982 Career Advisor, 1991-1993 Board of Fellows, 2002-2004 Athletic Campaign Committee, 2010-2013 Alumni Medal for Excellence, 2012 Wall of Honor inductee, 2014 As the son of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Angelo Dagres, Todd Dagres has baseball in his veins. It should come as no surprise that he played on Trinity College’s baseball team and was named the Most Valuable Player in 1982. On his time playing baseball at Trinity, Todd commented, “Trinity baseball taught me that performing at the highest level requires intense preparation, taking chances, and visualizing oneself getting big hits. Perhaps the best experience of all was the journey as a member of a team that learned to win.” Since graduating in 1982 with a B.S. in psychology and going on to obtain an M.B.A. from Boston University, he has remained a loyal baseball fan.  In January 2015 Todd hosted an alumni networking reception for the Trinity baseball team and participated on the Athletic Campaign Committee from 2010-2013.  It is clear that Todd channeled the life lessons he learned from baseball into his career as one of the country’s most successful venture capitalists. He has been a leader in technology-driven startup investments for over 20 years. As a founder and general partner at Spark Capital, his investments are focused on companies that have a huge impact in emerging or underserved markets through access to life-changing products and services. Some of Spark’s most successful ventures include Twitter, Tumblr, and Oculus, to name a few. Prior to co-founding Spark in 2005, Todd was a general partner at Battery Ventures, and held senior positions at Montgomery Securities, Smith Barney, and Yankee Group. He recently co-founded and chairs Power Launch, an accelerator and innovation lab for promising nonprofits. He has been listed on the prestigious Forbes Midas List of top U.S. venture capitalists several times. Aside from his career in venture capital, Todd has also served on several boards, such as those for Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; has produced several films (including some that were recognized by the Sundance Film Festival); and taught as an adjunct professor at the MIT Sloan School of Business. He has also been a career adviser at Trinity and served on the Board of Fellows from 2002-2004. In 2001 he named the Todd A. Dagres ’82 Center for Technology in the library on campus, enabling students to use cutting-edge technology for electronic research and communication. In 2012 he received the Alumni Medal for Excellence for his impressive dedication to both the Trinity community and his career. Todd has three kids and currently resides in Boston with his wife Liz. ​​​​​