Derek Proudian is a Silicon Valley venture investor, start-up CEO, and entrepreneur. Derek has held CEO roles at five venture-capital backed companies, including Zip2 (Elon Musk’s first company) which Derek sold to Compaq for over $300 million. Derek has worked as a general partner at the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Venture Partner at Morgan Stanley Ventures, and an R&D manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs.
In 2012, two of Derek’s portfolio companies (where he served as a founding Board member) enjoyed significant financial events. MSpot was acquired by Samsung for $50 million, and SquareTrade closed a $240 million partial buyout by Bain Capital. Since that time Derek has focused increasingly on impact investments, and currently sits on six Boards. Derek received undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Cognitive Science, and Master’s degrees in Business and Computer Science all from Stanford University. He holds five U.S. patents. When not investing in start-ups or attending Board meetings, Derek spends as much time as possible on his coffee farm in Kona.