Todd & Mindgrub
Marks maintains status as Chief-Everything-Officer for the company. He leads information architects, user experience specialists, creative interface designers, and top-notch developers to solve business and consumer challenges in application development and rapid prototyping. Marks founded Mindgrub in 2002 and has developed enterprise systems for a wide range of clients such as DELL, Yamaha, Adobe, Motorola, ORACLE, A&E, The Economist, and Discovery Communications; Federal Agencies such as the FBI, NSA, VOA and the US Navy; and several education organizations such as MSDE, Wrox Press, and O’Reilly Media.
Marks has been featured in several technical journals and mainstream media outlets, such as the Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, CNN, and Newsweek. He speaks regularly at conferences, and has made recent appearances at NABShow, SXSW, TEDxBaltimore, SALT, and the Government Video Show. He and Mindgrub have won numerous awards for their technology solutions and creative services support including a Gold Addy for Best Mobile App, Smart CEO’s Top 100 Companies and Best Innovator awards, and the BBJ’s Biz Buzz Award for Best Mobile App. Marks has also written and contributed to a number of books including Flash Magic, New Masters of Flash, and Web Design in a Nutshell. He teaches Instructional Technology at the University of Maryland (UMBC) and sits on the advisory boards for Loyola University’s MBA program and the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council (CRTC).
Todd Marks was born in Syracuse, New York and spent the first few years living in upstate New York. His father relocated his family to Howard County when Todd was 8 years old and has been living in Maryland ever since. Todd has always been outdoorsy, kayaking, mountain climbing, and camping. During the summers, Todd led an Adventure Course and Climbing Program at a Camp in Canada called Pathfinder.
Todd attended Loyola University in Maryland where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Math. While at Loyola, Todd was part of the Rugby team, as well as joining Computer and Arts Programs and the Loyola Jazz Ensemble. Post Loyola, Todd went to The Johns Hopkins University to work on his Masters in Educational Technology.
After college, Todd began his professional career teaching Math and Computer Science in Maryland. With the dot-com bubble at a high in 2000, Todd decided to take the leap and started a Digital Agency with friends that focused on websites and eLearning. In 2002, Todd went out on his own to found Mindgrub and consulted with and worked for several companies from Baltimore, to New York City, Austin, and Chicago. When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, Todd saw the disruption in technology and knew this was the next, big paradigm shift. Todd quit his job and began developing mobile applications. In the beginning, times were tough. While trying to support four kids, Todd ate Ramen noodles and biked to meetings. Eventually, his hard work and vision paid off as Mindgrub has grown to over 80 employees and no longer resides in his basement.
Outside of work, Todd still enjoys being outdoors. Most weekends, you can find him camping, kayaking, biking, or spending time with his family.