Derek Fogge is a Web Developer, UX Designer, and Marketer with 15-years of experience working with tech startups, nonprofits, businesses, and agencies in New York City and London.
Identifying your ideal audience, understanding them, and optimizing for growth is what I love to do. I lead marketing, UX design, and frontend development projects for businesses, non-profits, and agencies of all sizes.
My skill set is vast and includes modern WordPress development, UX research and design, and marketing strategy and execution.
I’ve hired, managed, and trained a department of 500 Web Developers, Designers, and Data Scientists. And I also created and developed an industry-defining full-stack coding bootcamp that laid the foundation for a 9-figure ed-tech acquisition.
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His speaking the right technical register paired with his people skills always made him a godsend, be it when you needed to get buy-in from stakeholders or when you needed someone knowledgeable to investigate and break down a process or product problem and get it ready for development.
He led a small team to launch what began as an experiment and grew to become our flagship product. As his role evolved he never lost sight of the real-life students on the other end or the business goals we needed to achieve.
Derek was responsible for Thinkful’s Flexible Web Development Bootcamp — a part time online jobs training and placement program that is Thinkful’s flagship program today. He cultivated the program in its nascent days — crafting curriculum, hiring and managing the first instructors, signing on and shepherding the first students to their new careers. As the program grew, Derek helped build out the education support team. Through it all, he worked directly with hundreds of students and instructors and using his insights to drive successful product experiments.
Which leads to why I’m such a big fan: his work ethic and constant thirst for learning. He freelanced while holding down a demanding full-time job he loved. He led teams to solve problems and make lasting improvements in a rapidly shifting, resource-constrained environment. He’s been a designer, developer, educator, manager, project lead… the list is endless.
Derek was an innovation engine at Thinkful, and was critical to our success in a highly competitive industry. His work helped prove the market to investors, and his dedication to reporting outcomes data and hundreds of positive reviews were integral to Thinkful gaining its reputation as a legitimate first-class option for career switchers — giving them confidence that they could trust us to help them change their lives and land their dream jobs.
On a personal note, Derek is a joy to collaborate and work with, and his background as a designer and engineer gave him the rare ability in a PM to reasonably define the scope of projects and come up with ideas for effective solutions when needed.
Derek then went on to manage a team of 500+ web development and data science mentors. He specifically iterated on processes around mentor recruitment, training, onboarding, and mentor-student matching. He left us in a great place to scale even faster. Most importantly, he developed strong personal relationships with our strongest mentors and helped them grow professionally at Thinkful.
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