Todd Ross Nienkerk
CEO and Co-Founder
As CEO, Todd guides Four Kitchens’ vision, goals, and long-term strategy. As a Digital Strategist, Todd helps organizations likes yours do great things on the web. His background in design, development, communication, and psychology provides him with unique insight into how people use technology: how we think, feel, interact, and form communities both off- and online.
Todd has been involved in the web design and publishing industry since the early days of the web in 1996. Since that time, he has designed and built countless websites and written for, edited, and managed several online and print publications.
Todd is happiest when he is mentoring and sharing his experience with other companies and business owners in the web industry. He has keynoted or spoken at more than 60 conferences, including SXSW Interactive two years in a row. As an active member of the open-source and Drupal communities, he has chaired, trained, and spoken at virtually every DrupalCon since they began in 2008. He has developed and contributed dozens of Drupal modules and themes, helped redesign Drupal.org, and served as the technical reviewer for two Drupal books published by O’Reilly.
The business leadership and team empowerment philosophy Todd helped shape at Four Kitchens have garnered national attention. Four Kitchens has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Texas CEO to name a few. Four Kitchens was twice named one of the “Best places to work in Central Texas” by the Austin Business Journal, and Todd was a finalist for the Best CEO Awards in 2014 and 2015 and a Austin Under 40 Awards finalist in 2015.
Outside of Four Kitchens, Todd is a member of various boards and advisory councils, including I Live Here, I Give Here, one of Austin’s largest nonprofit giving communities, and Texas Student Media, whose mission is to support and defend student publishing and broadcasting at the University of Texas at Austin.
Currently obsessed with…
Information, technology, and society. How virtual reality will change how we experience the web. The psychology of motivation and decision-making. Science fiction. Lists.
When I take off my Web Chef hat I'm…
Traveling, attempting to learn a new language, or writing sketch comedy for The New Movement Theater.