Back in 1984, Derek fell in love with computers when he received a TRS-80 his neighbor was throwing in the trash. He went on to study electrical engineering at Penn State. While there he worked as a systems administrator.
While attending college he won a coding competition where he designed a virtual reality system that had a head mounted display and haptic feedback gloves made from Nintendo power gloves.
A representative from Apple offered Derek a job at that time. While at Apple Derek worked on Quicktime and VR related technologies.
After working for Apple Derek worked in the financial industry until the 2007 financial crisis. Seeing that millions where out of work Derek started his own company. That company had 3 main focuses. At the local level he provided low cost $30 all day courses in which he taught skills in technology that people could use to get a job. He also helped small business owners create online stores. He didn’t except any up front money, but instead would only make money if those online stores made money.
The 3rd focus was to provide online education for the world. He started a YouTube channel in 2008 and went on to make over 1,000 videos that have been viewed over 92 million times. His videos rank in the top 3 for every programming language.
Derek has a passion for educating people! He has worked in the technology field on a professional level for 26 years. He has been making educational videos for over 10 years. His goal is to empower others across the world to achieve their dreams through low cost education.