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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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What Facebook and Pinterest Are Doing to Hire More Women

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 23, 2016

A new study by McKinsey and LeanIn.org unsurprisingly shows that women are still severely underrepresented at tech firms throughout the country and that the (few) women already at tech firms believe their gender is holding them back from promotions. The Wall Street Journal recently published an Read More >

How International Students Can Get Visas and Get Hired

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 22, 2016

Marcelo Barros is a University of Oregon graduate originally from Brazil. In the U.S., he’s worked for Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems, among other firms, and as a career coach for international students. Drawing on two decades of experience, Barros recently wrote Read More >

Citi Tries to Lure Millennials with Entire Year Off

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 16, 2016

First Wall Street told young bankers that they didn't have to work on weekends. Then they told them they'd never have to work past midnight. Now they're giving them an entire year off. Attitudes toward young bankers have shifted so strongly on Wall Street that Citigroup Inc. has a new plan to keep them happy: Give them a year off. The bank on Wednesday plans to unveil new programs meant to appeal to younger Read More >

Apple Exec Behind iPod Named CEO of World's Largest Hedge Fund

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 14, 2016

In the past few years, there have been several high-profile employment migrations from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. In 2014, Anthony Soto left Goldman Sachs to become Twitter's CFO. In 2015, Ruth Porat left Read More >

Secrets to Success of First Female Partner at Big-Swinging Silicon Valley VC Firm

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 09, 2016

Sarah Tavel's career path from Harvard graduate to first female partner at one of the biggest swinging Silicon Valley venture capital firms is an inspiring one. Tavel, recently featured as one of Paper magazine's I.T. It Girls, says that one of the secrets to her success is being "open to the fact that you don't know." Another is knowing the questions, not the answers. Read More >

Could Justice Scalia's Death Affect Pay, Promotions, and Gender Bias Lawsuits?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 02, 2016

One of the wildest developments in this very wild election year has been the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. And the question Who will succeed him? is one that's looking more and more like it will be heatedly debated right up until the final vote is cast on the first Tuesday this November. Of course, the importance of Scalia's successor is far reaching. With the SCOTUS now locked at 4 vs. 4 (four conservatives and four liberals), the person to take Scalia's place will likely... Read More >

Oscar Shines on Investigative Journalism, Spits on Investment Banking

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 29, 2016

At Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, the first two Oscars of the night were handed out to the perhaps most overlooked, under-appreciated, marginalized of all Hollywood talent: the writers. The first Oscar was given for original screenplay and went to the writers of Spotlight (which also won the last Oscar of the night for Best Picture). The second Oscar of the night was for adapted screenplay and went to the writers of Read More >

What Is a 'Superboss' and Why Is Donald Trump Not One?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 24, 2016

According to Tuck Business School Professor Sydney Finkelstein, there's a type of boss that is "beyond superstar," that grooms talent, that scouts, trains, and develops the next generation of leaders, as opposed to simply building his or her own organization. The name for such a boss is "superboss," and Finkelstein's decade-long research on the subject of the superboss is now available in his new book, Read More >

Talent Wars: Is Silicon Valley Salivating Over the Bonus Drought on Wall Street?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 19, 2016

Back in 2008, when the mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, there was a monstrous public outcry for banker bonuses to be scaled back. Banks kicked and screamed, fighting hard against it, but in the end acquiesced and scaled bonuses back. Or sort of scaled them back. What they agreed to do, instead of giving senior bankers mountains of cash at the end of the year, was give them mountains of stock. This was a way to show that banks and bankers weren't just in it for the short-term gains,... Read More >

From the Marines and Merrill Lynch to Marijuana Startup CEO

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 17, 2016

As I've written about previously here and here, opportunities abound in the budding legal weed business. And these aren't just for growers, trimmers, and budtenders, but also fo Read More >