Derek was one of my greatest coworkers. He is a sharp and passionate engineer with an inherent understanding of user experience and empathy for user needs. Strong in his collaboration skills, he played a vital role in bridging the gap between engineering and design teams. It will be my pleasure to work with him again.
Not only is he an excellent developer, he understands how to work cross-functionally across design and product to ensure every release is solving a problem for the customer. Derek is a natural and empathetic leader and can navigate groups through murky situations to tough decisions. I'd hire Derek again in a heartbeat for one of my teams.
Derek is foremost a leader. While I was at OpenSky, he demonstrated a great example of how to run, build, and keep an amazing team. He constantly strives to and excels at improving the communication, collaboration, and tools of the people he works with.
Derek fostered a great work environment and I enjoyed going in to work everyday. Derek encouraged his team members to own the individual projects we worked on, which allowed me to gain confidence in my own ability and motivated me to do better work. Furthermore, he was very receptive to our ideas and suggestions for improving the product and work flow. I really enjoyed working for Derek, and I would not hesitate to do so again in the future.
Immensely talented and hard working. He innovated as the company pivoted and evolved—always ready to help make the next change and do whatever we needed to do to find true product/market fit.
Derek's a great person to work with, sharp and capable. He gets the big picture, yet knows all the minute details of UI Engineering. He works hard but maintains a great sense of humor all the while. Would hire Derek again in a second.
He has the unique blend of left brain logic/code and right brain whole picture and creativity. The right balance of levity, professionalism and leadership that makes him a pleasure to work with. Someone you can trust to get the job done, always speak his mind, and be 100% focused on the product and experience.