Derek Keller is a Principal at Techstars Ventures. In addition, he is a Principal at Highway 12 Ventures where he has been investing primarily in early-stage web and mobile verticals since 2008. He currently serves on the board of Goomzee and has served as a board observer at Lendio. In addition to his investing role, Derek has worked day-to-day for extended periods in various operating roles within the fund’s portfolio, ranging from head of product to operations, and most recently as CFO at Lendio.
Prior to joining Highway 12, he was in San Francisco with the $1B private equity fund Huntsman Gay. He also spent two years prior as a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund based in Salt Lake City, where he led investments in web and financial services, and saw portfolio company Omniture go public and later sell to Adobe for $1.8B.
As a vc by day, and coding geek by night, he continues to straddle the fence as both an investor and an entrepreneur. Although he spends the majority of his time recovering from his latest spill on the mountain, he enjoys getting lost with his camera and the life of a marginal musician. Derek graduated with a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University.