• Watertower Group

  • Entrepreneurs working for Entrepreneurs

  • Connecting innovative companies

  • With value added investors

  • Partnering with entrepreneurs

  • To execute and realize their vision

Watertower Group is a boutique advisory venture focused on dynamic and innovative companies that are shaping the future of technology, consumer internet, and digital media

The most successful companies are built by passionate entrepreneurs whose vision is executed one step at a time

Who We Are

We are successful entrepreneurs who are passionate about the entrepreneurs we work with and committed to the companies we support

Working With Us

At Watertower Group, we are trusted and intensely committed advisors to the entrepreneurs and companies we partner with


We believe strongly that management’s attention and energies should be concentrated entirely on operating and growing the business they know

Through the combination of industry experience, a deep network of strategic relationships and a proven track record of success, we provide a unique approach to Capital Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Development, and Direct Investment for entrepreneurs building the next generation of ground breaking internet, technology, and digital media companies.

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Successful entrepreneurs committed to the companies we support



Assisting entrepreneurs in executing and realizing their vision.

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Working with Us

Capital Raising

  • Document Preparation
  • Process Management
  • Strategic Access

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Deep Industry Intelligence
  • Tightly Managed Process
  • Unique Approach

Corporate Development

  • Strategic Relationships
  • Partnerships and Alliances
  • Industry Experience

Watertower Ventures

  • Seed – Early Stage
  • Direct Investments
  • Connected Consumer

Let’s start a conversation.

Get in Touch


WTG+Events brings together a highly curated group of innovators, founders, and investors from today’s leading technology, internet, digital media, venture capital, and private equity firms.

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Derek brings a valuable and unique set of expertise as an advisor in the venture business. Having spent his career on both sides of the table, Derek has a sharp, insightful, 360 degree understanding of the venture capital fundraising process from start to finish. Derek is very hard-working, always available, and leverages his clients’ time in an extremely focused and productive fashion. Derek also brings deep and targeted industry knowledge at the intersection of Media and Technology where he has focused most of his career. As a result, he maintains a fresh and insightful perspective around the industry and an equally deep and relevant set of relationships at the decision-maker level that he has culminated for many years.

Brandon Beck, Founder & CEO of Riot Games



I’ve known Derek for well over a decade, and have had ample opportunity to work with him closely in many contexts. First and foremost, Derek truly understands entrepreneurs because he is one himself. That means a lot when he is dealing with early stage, high growth companies. Another aspect which draws entrepreneurs close to Derek is his work ethic. I don’t think Derek ever turns off. He is, truly and remarkably, 24/7.

I have found Derek to be attuned to venture capital and the decision makers within that overall community. He relates well to the needs and tempo of M&A, and always acts to facilitate solutions rather than presenting obstacles.

He is well aware of the trends and dynamics shaking up both the technology and media sectors, and knows what’s happening before most others. Coupled with his deep operational experience, and network for relationships this makes Derek a unique advisor to companies and entrepreneurs in the consumer internet, mobile, digital media and technology industry.



Kevin Mayer, EVP Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Technology of The Walt Disney Company


I worked with Derek when he advised Machinima on our venture capital financing . Derek proved himself to be a trustworthy and highly capable advisors delivering his deep network of venture capital Partner relationships to Machinima and completing a successful financing on our behalf. Derek made the mandate of raising venture capital a smooth and very efficient process from start to finish. He takes the time to understand the unique needs of the company, and market conditions, and aligns himself with full force and commitment. Bottom line, he gets things done, and has a tenacity and unbending focus on achieving successful results on behalf of the companies he works with. These skills, along with his extensive and senior network of relationships in the technology, internet and digital media sectors, makes him a trusted partner and mentor for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Allen DeBevoise, Chairman Machinima

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Entrepreneurs working for entrepreneurs

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Los Angeles

Watertower Group

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1775
Los Angeles, CA 90067



New York

Watertower Group

1155 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036



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