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Derek Dukes

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Ex-Twitter, Ex-Yahoo!, Previously Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Jetpac, Founder Dipity, VP Product SAY Media

Ex-Twitter, Ex-Yahoo!, Previously Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Jetpac, Founder Dipity, VP Product SAY Media

2 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In




Gametime United

Side Projects

Lazy Bear - Fine Dining Restaura


Product Manager Twitter March 2014 - March 2015
Entrepreneur In Residence Hattery January 2013 - March 2014
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder Jetpac March 2011 - June 2012
Co-Founder Dipity March 2007 - January 2011
VP of Products SAY Media December 2005 - March 2007
Sr. PM Product Strategy Group Yahoo April 2005 - January 2006
Sr. PM, Digital Home Services Yahoo January 2004 - April 2005
Analyst, Alliances at Yahoo! Inc. Yahoo May 2001 - December 2003
Sr. Product Manager, Yahoo! FinanceVision Yahoo 2001 - 2002
Sr. Product Manager, Yahoo! Ad Systems Yahoo April 1996 - May 2001


Santa Clara University MIS & Decision Information Systems 1992 - 1996

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Hardware
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Food
  • • Photography

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Digital Media • Angel investing • Advertising • Product Development

Key Accomplishments

I've founded two companies and designed / built leading products in their respective sectors (travel and timelines). I designed and help build the original ad system at Y! and SAY. I enjoy solving problems for users, including my own problems and focus on iterative development and product thinking.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I typically sit in the business / product role. It's not my first rodeo so I've got some battle scars and know how to find the best path forward at any given stage in the start-ups life.

I work / play well with others and always focus on putting the best product forward, for the user.

I've worked all sides of the problem: product design, fundraising, monetization have a good technical background and am committed to building high quality products.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Jessica Alter
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, FounderDating. Harvard Business School grad. University of Michigan grad.
Derek is create and analytical - a hard combo to come by. He's a repeat entrepreneur so he doesn't need my vote of confidence. Can't wait t ... o see what he does next...
Benjamin Kearns
They're my friends  •  VP Technology, Stem, Inc.. Previously Founder and Principle Consultant, 360Streams, LLC. University of California, Davis grad.
Derek is great at figuring out how to create things that customers want. He has proven that he can take an idea, knock down the obstacles a ... nd get the product to market.

John Litz
They're my advisor  •  Founder & CEO, Thumbkandi, Inc./ Co-Founder, Partner, Lazy Bear
John has built a series of successful businesses in the offline world and looking to transfer that success online.

Krishan Gupta
We worked together
He's got a great ability to identify market needs, customer needs and create a credible business case for why something should be done. Then ... he knows how to get the right people to do it.

Luke Iseman
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & CTO, Soil IQ and Founder, Dirtnail. Wharton grad.
Luke's always looking to identify how mobile, opensource and other technologies are disrupting existing value chains and ecosystems.

Siddharth Lunawat
They're my advisor  •  Found of language translation app. Business development, Marketing, Product Design. Awesome at putting together a team!
Sid is driven and taking his consulting background to come up with solutions to problems that larger companies face, not just crazy ideas. E ... very time I've met with him, he's made great progress and continues to ask the right questions about what he should be thinking about next.