Entrepreneur, Author and Investor
Derek is embedding The B Team vision of people, planet and profit into everything he does: the businesses he works with, the networks he’s involved with, and in New Zealand, the country he calls home.
The B Team is a global leadership collective he helped set up with Sir Richard Branson two years ago. As its Entrepreneur in Residence, he is designing a new venture that aims to solve social issues and set new benchmarks in how we treat our people and our planet, at the same time as making money in an innovative and exciting way. He is also an Adjunct Executive Professor at AUT University, Chair and Co-Founder of NZX-listed Snakk Media, a Director at Sky Television, a New Zealand Arts Foundation Trustee, and an Astronaut-in-Waiting at Virgin Galactic.
Born in Hong Kong, Derek moved to New Zealand as a teenager and is now currently based in New York where he has been living since he sold The Hyperfactory – the mobile marketing agency he co-founded with his brother in 2001 – to Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) in 2010. The multiple award-winning Hyperfactory is one of the first agencies in the world to recognise the power of mobile devices for connecting consumers, brands and mass media.
Derek has won several awards recognising his success in business including New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the Year, Ernst & Young New Zealand ‘Young Entrepreneur’ of the Year, PWC Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year, and a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leader. He has also been named one of the most influential technology people in New York, making the list of the ‘Silicon Alley 100’ in 2011.