About the Author
Mike Derezin is a VP at LinkedIn who has helped build and scale two business lines within the company. Mike is passionate about building high-performing teams, taking big ideas and bringing them to life, and helping his teams successfully navigate through change. He has done so as both an entrepreneur with two of his own startups and as an intrapreneur with two businesses within LinkedIn—LinkedIn Learning Solutions and LinkedIn Sales Solutions. At LinkedIn, Mike spent six years helping to launch the company's Sales Solutions business, taking it from an idea to one of the largest Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses in the sales ecosystem. Along the way, he learned valuable lessons on how to navigate multiple changes and scale a team from a small handful of employees to a large global organization that became a market leader. Currently, Mike is a senior leader in LinkedIn Learning Solutions (formerly Lynda.com) where he leads his global team to pursue a vision to help every member of the global workforce become a lifelong learner and acquire the skills that will help them achieve their dreams. Prior to his current role, Mike was the co-founder and co-CEO of VoxPop, a leading pop culture gaming platform and the co-founder and co-COO of Porvenir Inc, acquired by Thomson Financial. Mike also worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. His career began as a teacher, and included a year teaching in Santiago, Chile. He holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also serves as board trustee for Semester at Sea, a floating study abroad program for college students and lifelong learners.