A Bay Area Native, Derek graduated from UC Berkeley before pursuing advanced degrees abroad, in the UK + South Africa, where he got the chance to play Rugby professionally for almost 3 years. He then decided to follow his passion of entrepreneurship across various startups over the last 9 years. Most notably he spent 6 years at MuleSoft, where he started in a Sales capacity before helping build out their Channel and Alliances program for the bulk of his time there. After a few years within the Salesforce ecosystem, he decided to join Proxy, to help define their G2M motion and more specifically build their Partner and BD strategy from the ground up. Derek currently lives in New York with his dog, Wilfred, and enjoys staying active, traveling, and cooking (big fan of eating as well). He joins Sapphire’s Portfolio Growth team as the Director of Business Development.