Todd has been working with computers and electronics since 1980. He found his first programming job while still in high school working weekends writing programs for small businesses. As a freshman in college, he began working for industry veteran Tod Zipnick. Mr. Zipnick was the founder of TMQ software, then a garage based software startup in the suburbs of Chicago. TMQ went on to become ICOM Simulations in 1984. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering in 1987, Todd joined ICOM full time. In addition to his capacity as senior engineer, Todd was on call to tackle many development issues faced internally by the company's programming staff. In 1993 ICOM was purchased by Viacom to expedite its entry into the interactive arena.After the Viacom acquisition, Todd moved to New York for 3 months to undertake the development of the StarSight on-screen program guide for the interactive television trial being conducted by Viacom/AT&T. As well as all programming, duties included being a technical liaison between Viacom and Bell Labs who were developing the set-top-box. Todd's key interests are new technology for entertainment, home control, and information acquisition. He has a strong hardware and software background and a history of meeting and conquering new technology challenges head on. His continuing goal is to stay at the forefront of the application of technology in consumer products.