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Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.


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6 Interview Tips From Tech Recruiters

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 16, 2015

There's no way around it: interviewing can be stressful. However, with a lot of preparation and, more important, the right kind of preparation, interview stress can be mitigated. To that end, below you'll find six interview tips from recruiters in the tech industry. These tips will help you prepare for an interview in this highly competitive field and should also help to alleviate a lot of your interview stress. The following was excerpted from the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and... Read More >

50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 14, 2015

Follow me @VaultFinance. Read More:Big 4 vs. Regional Accounting Firms: Is the Gap Closing?10 Best Perks the Big 4 Offer 49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask... Read More >

Is Working Remotely More Efficient?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 13, 2015

According to a recent study, 77 percent of employees say they're more efficient when working remotely rather than in the office. I, too, have found that I'm more efficient when working remotely. However, I'm not entirely sure why. And so, to try to get to the bottom of this, I spoke with Tim Eisenhauer, who's been working remotely for nearly 15 years with various startups and for the past nine years with a company he co-founded call Axero Solutions. Axero, which provides companies with a... Read More >

Why Is Silicon Valley So Un-Family-Friendly?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 08, 2015

I find it endlessly fascinating and perplexing that technology, which is supposed to better our lives and simplify them, often proves to complicate our lives and make them more difficult. And it's not just the products that do this but the companies themselves-the employers behind the products. Today, Silicon Valley, which is the stand in name for the tech industry (there are certainly tons of tech firms outside this tiny Northern California pocket), has largely taken the place of banking,... Read More >

Can Working on Wall Street Save Lives?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 06, 2015

I have a friend who's worked in BigLaw, for a big Wall Street bank, and for one of the biggest swinging hedge fund managers in the world. In other words, he's made very big bucks. In addition, he has donated a big amount of money to charities and worthy causes. Among a certain group of friends, he's the only person capable of cutting a several-thousand-dollar check when there's a worthy cause in need of funding-such as a girls' school in India, indigenous tribe in the Amazon fighting... Read More >

Is it Cool to Work for the IRS?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 06, 2015

According to the IRS it is. Thing is, the Internal Revenue Service is full of middle-aged employees nearing retirement age, and so the IRS needs some young blood to help it collect taxes and keep the country afloat. And to try to lure young folks into its ranks, the Service has unveiled a new campaign that makes it seem cool and hip to serve your country by making sure its citizens pay their fair share. Which does sound rather democratic. In any case, the following comes directly from the... Read More >

Mad Men's Career Girls

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 01, 2015

This Sunday, AMC's Mad Men will begin its seven-episode farewell. It's a sad time for Mad Men viewers. But it's also an exciting time. Over the next two months, viewers will find out where their favorite Mad Men characters end up at the close of Matthew Weiner's seven-act teleplay. And though much of the pre-finale focus has been on where ad man Don Draper will end up (dead or alive? in the ad game or out?), I'd argue that Mad Men has always been about its women-and it's where Weiner places... Read More >

Kleiner Suit Sheds Light on Silicon Valley’s Misogynistic Side

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 30, 2015

Although former Kleiner Perkins junior partner Ellen Pao lost her gender-biased suit against her former employer, her case has shed new light on the dark side of Silicon Valley-that is, the misogynistic side. The jury in Pao's trial, which was closely followed in the Valley, ruled against Pao on all accounts. Which meant that the jury found that Kleiner Perkins didn't discriminate against Pao because she was a woman, nor did they fire her because she filed a suit against them. Still, many... Read More >

Google Poaches Wall Street's Most Powerful Woman: 3 Takeaways

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 25, 2015

Yesterday, it was announced that Google had hired Ruth Porat away from Morgan Stanley to be the tech firm's new CFO. Porat had held the chief financial officer position for the venerable Morgan Stanley for the past five years and was widely considered to be the most powerful woman on Wall Street. The move, which came two weeks after Patrick Pichette announced he was leaving his Google CFO post, was seen as a big gain for Google and a big loss for Morgan Stanley. Speaking about Porat's... Read More >

Big 4 vs. Regional Accounting Firms: Is the Gap Closing?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 18, 2015

In just under a month, Vault will release its annual Accounting Rankings. This year, the rankings are based on a survey of more than 8,300 accountants, and include an overall 50 best to work for ranking, an overall prestige ranking, several quality of life rankings, and a handful of diversity rankings. Last year, in the overall prestige categories, PwC, EY, Deloitte, and KPMG (the so-called Big 4) ranked No. 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. However, it was the mid-sized firms-those outside... Read More >

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