Derek Loosvelt

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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3 Tips for Students from D.J. D-Sol (a.k.a. Goldman Sachs Co-COO David Solomon)

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 25, 2017

In a recent Exchanges at Goldman Sachs podcast, Goldman president and co-COO David Solomon offers some rather helpful advice for college students. Solomon, who in addition to his Goldman duties spins music in Miami and the Bahamas under the stage name D.J. D-Sol, went to Hamilton College, a small liberal arts college in Clinton, N.Y., about Read More >

Do Psychopaths Make Good Hedge Fund Managers?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 24, 2017

Although corporate psychopaths tend to get promoted more often than their peers, they don't make better investment decisions. According to a study of 101 hedge fund managers by psychology professors from the University of Denver and Cal Berkeley, psychopathic traits (lack of empathy, lack of a cons Read More >

Can Growing Up Without Money Make You a Better Entrepreneur?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 23, 2017

It can be difficult to know what to say and what not to say in an interview. For example, do you tell your interviewer about that business you had your freshman year in college in which you made a couple grand manufacturing fake IDs, selling them at premium to ex-boarding school kids, only to be shut down by the local bar after one too many guys came through its doors from the same street in Mill Valley, California? Conventional thinking would say that this is probably one of those... Read More >

Why Do Corporate Psychopaths Get Promoted More Often Than Their Colleagues?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 18, 2017

Clive Boddy, a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at London's Middlesex University Business School, knows a thing or two about corporate psychopaths and bullies. Boddy has extensively studied the unfortunate frequency and traits of psychopaths and bullies, and he himself has been bullied by a corporate psychopath at work. According to Boddy (and the psychologists he's spoken to in the course of his research), these are the main characteristics of corporate... Read More >

Answering the ‘Do You Want to Be the CEO?’ Interview Question

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 16, 2017

This past summer, we surveyed more than 12,000 interns at more than 110 internship programs to come up with our 2018 Internship Rankings. Our online survey asked interns to tell us about their daily responsibilities, the career development opportunities offered, the best and worst aspects of their internships, the compensation and benefits they received, the employment prospects of their internships, and one more very important thing: their interviews. With respect to their interviews, Read More >

How to Outsmart Your Smartphone at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 10, 2017

Here's some unsettling (though not too surprising) news: Our so-called smartphones are making us less smart. Indeed, according to a fascinating and scary Wall Street Journal article, several psychological studies in recent years have looked at the effects of smartphone use, and what these studies all show is that we're becoming less efficient, less creative, less able Read More >

5 Tips for Millennials Looking to Advance Their Careers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 02, 2017

Jody Gerson, the first woman to lead a major music publishing company, has been the CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group since 2015. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Northwestern University, Gerson is partly responsible for the success of several household-name musicians, including Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, and Norah Jones. Last week, Gerson was the subject of the latest New York Times Read More >

Would You 'Take a Knee' If Trump's Words Were Directed at You and Your Job?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 25, 2017

Donald Trump doesn't discriminate. Not when it comes to whom he insults. During his campaign and nine months in office, he has insulted, among other groups, men and women, Democrats and Republicans, the abled and disabled, Caucasians and African-Americans, Catholics and Muslims, Popes and Prime Ministers, those who voted for him and those who didn’t, and, most recently, professional basketball players and professional football players. As for that last group, when Trump Read More >

Should Employees Be Allowed to Take Mental-Health Days?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 20, 2017

Just about every U.S. company I know of allows its employees to take a certain number of sick days each year. These days might be included in an employee's overall Paid Time Off package or might be treated separately from vacation days. In both cases, it's accepted that employees might get sick and thus might need a day off, from time to time, to heal. Which is to say it's widely accepted that employees' bodies might get sick and so employees might need to take sick days every once in a... Read More >

How to Avoid Blaming Others in Interviews

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 18, 2017

In interviews, it can be tricky to talk about previous or current employers. You certainly don't want to bad-mouth anyone, including an employer, manager, or coworker. But you don't want to make yourself look bad, either. After all, you're selling yourself and trying to put your best self forward in an interview. And so, what's an interviewee to do when replying to Why are you leaving your current company? and Tell me something that you could've done better in a previous job and other... Read More >

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