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That guy at Traackr. I pursuit of start-ups with Soul.

Biography

Derek Skaletsky is the founder of P2 Strategies, a full-time strategy and management consulting firm. Derek has experience working in various industries ranging from entertainment to retail franchising to e-commerce and life sciences. Derek earned his MBA from Babson College, the country’s #1 business school for entrepreneurial education.

Derek spent the early part of his career in the Hollywood film system working for Paramount Studios and producer Scott Rudin (working on such films as Sleepy Hollow, A Civil Action and Zoolander) before taking a business development position with Barry Diller’s start-up film studio, USA Films (now Focus Features). USA Films quickly grew to become a significant player in the studio system (releasing such films as Being John Malkovich and Traffic) and was sold to Vivendi Universal just a few short years after its inception.

After graduating with his MBA from Babson College, Derek joined a small retail chain with the goal of rolling out a national growth strategy. During this time, Derek designed, launched and led a full franchising division for the company. He built and managed sales, store-development, operations, marketing, technology, and finance departments as well as the strategies and systems necessary to support a growing franchise network. During his four-year tenure, Derek grew the company from a local, four-store operation to a national chain of sixty franchise locations spread across twenty-five states. Company-wide revenue grew from $1.5 to $16.5MM.

Derek has focused his recent career on his consulting practice, building growth strategies for early stage, high-growth potential companies. During this time, he has consulted for companies from a variety of industries—from life science to film to e-commerce to on-line video. Derek has helped each of these companies develop growth plans as well as the management systems required to execute on these plans.

Derek complements his business pursuits with adventure travel excursions. His travels have taken him through various regions of Africa, up Mt. Kilimanjaro, down the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, as well as through the dunes of the Sahara Desert (among other places).

Derek is an active member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and member of NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship).

Interests

Growing businesses, Adventure travel, Photography, Boston sports