Derek Pilling

Founder and General Partner

Derek (44) co-founded Workhorse Capital in 2016. Previously, Derek was a Managing Director of Meritage Funds, a multi-stage private investment firm, which he joined in 2003.

Derek remains an Operating Partner with Meritage, representing the firm on the boards of directors of several Meritage portfolio companies. Derek led Meritage’s efforts to reposition itself as a growth-equity firm during the firm’s 2008 formation of Meritage Fund III. Derek was active in the firm’s sourcing and marketing efforts, originating a number of the firm’s investments, including EdgeConneX, Faction and Crisp Media. Derek is founder and managing member of Tahosa Capital, a special purpose investment vehicle formed to participate in the recapitalization of Datavail Corporation. Previously, Derek held a number of operating and financial advisory positions in the TES segment, including CEO of IP Commerce and Vice President of NetLibrary. Derek’s prior experience also includes work as an investment banker with the Wallach Company and A.G. Edwards & Sons. Derek is a graduate of Indiana University and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors.

Derek lives in Denver with his wife, Wendy and his three children. In his spare time, Derek enjoys coaching youth soccer, skiing, running and spending time with his family in the great outdoors.