Mike Derheim




Co-founder of The Nerdery and Prime Digital Academy

Mike Derheim, co-founded his custom software development company in 2003, and The Nerdery has since made Inc. Magazine’s list of 5000 fastest-growing private companies each year since it became eligible. Mike personifies The Nerdery’s belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. Headquartered in Minneapolis, The Nerdery has offices in Chicago Kansas City and Phoenix. In 2014, Mike co-founded Prime Digital Academy, school for software engineers. Prime has gone on to become part of The White House’s Tech Hire initiative. Mike promoted then-Nerdery President Tom O’Neill to take his place as CEO in 2016 and remains a guiding force as Chairman of The Nerdery’s Board. Mike made Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2012, was honored as a Minnesotan on the Move in 2012 by Minneapolis Finance & Commerce, and also named to Minnesota Business magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 list in 2013. Among all individual and corporate awards, Mike is most proud of The Nerdery’s #1 ranking on the Best Places to Work list published by Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal. In his TEDx Talk, “What if everyone at your company was a Co-President?” Mike talked about the power of distributed leadership, and urged everyone to make themselves Co-President of whatever it is that they’re truly passionate about, in work and in life. Mike is a native of Minot, ND.

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