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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Is Slack a Time-Saver or Time Suck?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 17, 2017

If you’re not Slacking, you’re slacking. Which is to say if you’re not using the instant messenger service Slack, then you’re behind the times. Or so millions of Slack users and the 400 employees at Vancouver-based Slack Technologies want you to believe. The truth is Slack isn’t all that novel. And perhaps the sole genius of Slack is that it’s called Slack. The following comes from a thorough Read More >

How Has Trump Affected International Students’ Job Search?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 15, 2017

It's been almost 120 days since Donald Trump took office and nearly as long since Trump's first of two (failed) executive orders on immigration. Since then, international students have been understandably anxious about where they stand under an "America First" Trump administration. And so, to find out what's going on with the H1-B visa program, what international students have to fear or cheer under Trump, and what, if anything, these students should be doing differently if they want to... Read More >

How NOT to Fire Someone

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 10, 2017

Although President Trump might be a man with a mission, it’s becoming increasingly clear to people on all points of the political spectrum that he’s a man with very little management prowess. In fact, if you were to write a book about what makes a great manager, or even a passable manager, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Trump of what NOT to do in the C-suite. From his loose grasp of the Read More >

5 Reasons Why Obit Writing Is a Career Made in Heaven

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 09, 2017

In my next life I hope to come back as an obituary writer. That's no joke; I'm dead serious. After listening to this fascinating and not the least bit morbid podcast in which two experienced New York Times obit writers-Margalit Fox and Bruce Weber, both of whom also appear in the new documentary  Read More >

Are Uber and Airbnb Hurting Rather Than Helping Us?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 08, 2017

If you live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Seattle, or a handful of other major cities across the country, you probably know someone making a handsome living by collecting passive income thanks to sharing economy superstar Airbnb. You probably also know someone who works for one of the major companies involved in the so-called gig economy: Read More >

Is Ivanka Trump's New Book About Work Tremendous or a Mess?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 03, 2017

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s 35-year-old daughter, has written a book. It is about work, and it is geared toward women. It is called Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. It was mostly written before her father won the 2016 presidential election. It was published yesterday. It is 256 pages long. Those are the facts. Here are the opinions (about the book). The Read More >

The Myth of 'One True Calling'

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 02, 2017

It has never made much sense to me that we're born with one true calling and that we must find this one true calling and then do only those things that our one true calling calls us to do to the best of our innate abilities for the rest of our lives. And so, I was pleased to come across Emilie Wapnick's new book How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up, which was published today and which is based on Wapnick's wildly Read More >

4 Skills Startup CEOs Need to Succeed

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 26, 2017

The latest New York Times Corner Office column is one of the most enlightening and inspiring in recent memory. In it, Leila Janah, the founder and CEO of a skin care startup as well as an antipoverty nonprofit, speaks openly and generously about her less than rosy childhood (the daughter of Indian immigrants, Janah was treated like an outcast as a kid, moved 12 ti Read More >

Are Real-Time Performance Reviews Something to Cheer or Fear?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 24, 2017

Imagine, for a moment, if Instagram included, instead of a simple Like option, an option to give each post a numerical rating on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 means "I love love love it! This is an awesome post. More like this, please!" and 1 means "Are you %$^ing kidding me? Please never post something like this ever again. It is a Complete. Waste. Of time." As you begin to imagine this alternate Instagram universe, also imagine that each Instagram feed has an overall rating attached to it... Read More >

How You Know When It’s Time to Leave Your Job

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 19, 2017

If you think your job is stressful, you should listen to Alyssa Mastromonaco talk about hers. That is, her former job. During the Obama administration, Mastromonaco worked at the White House as assistant to the president, director of scheduling and advance, and deputy chief of staff for operations. Mastromonaco recently published a book about her time in D.C. called Read More >