Derek is a Principal at FirstMark and leads consumer internet investments in content, AI, and marketplaces.
Derek was previously Head of Corporate Development at Hopin and a business leader at Airbnb, where he served as Chief of Staff to the Co-Founder & CSO, co-led and scaled Airbnb China, ran business operations for North America’s $10B GMV business, and first joined as Corporate Development Manager in the Office of the CFO (deal lead on the Series F, China M&A, acquisition of Luxury Retreats). Before Airbnb, Derek was a Senior Associate at Menlo Ventures, where he sourced and served as a Board Observer at Tenor (acquired by Google), Synthego, and The Black Tux.
Derek began his career as an Analyst in the TMT Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse and graduated with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance