Derk is a co-founder of Kea Company and supports startups and scale-ups creating mutually beneficial relationships with key industry analysts. As a former industry analyst himself, he thoroughly understands what makes analysts tick.
Derk is a startup mentor in two leading startup accelerators: Techstars and Rockstart, and is an executive advisor to senior executives at enterprises, startups and service providers focusing on strategic challenges around emerging digital services and products, digital business transformation, supplier relationships, contract negotiations, governance, commercial models, and technology.
Derk is fascinated by the creation of ecosystems, building bridges between organisations and people to form true partnerships, the role new technologies play in the way we organise our businesses and societies. No-one has all the pieces of the puzzle to solve the challenges we are facing – whether it’s digital disruption, designing the organisations of the future, imagining how technologies are amplifying our lives or transitioning the world of energy to a renewable, sustainable model. Therefore, partnerships are critical, trust is everything and collaboration the bottom line. My aim is to be a positive factor in these transformations, as an entrepreneur, an advisor to startups and corporates, a collaborator and sharer of knowledge.
In his spare time Derk is a volunteer firefighter, is one of the founders of a renewable energy cooperation in his hometown and coaches his oldest son’s football team.