Derek has spent the past 10 years building communities. He is the co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, and Duolingo build virtual and in-person communities. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600 Chapters in 125 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect startup people. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 10,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. He currently lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.