I’m the CEO of Pathly. I also write and speak about making college degrees irrelevant.
This site is my online workshop and the place where I document everything.
You’ll find writing about my work, stuff on skipping college, essays on Bitcoin (BCH), original poems, career advice, autobiographical notes, marketing strategies, 30-day challenges, satire, philosophy, startups, self experiments, travel-logs, and more.
I publish something almost every day because I want to build an unbroken chain of work over the course of a lifetime and because I hope that in the process I’ll create the occasional “lasting work.”
Here’s a short official bio. For something more fun, and a lot longer, click here. Please feel free to use at will!
Derek Magill is an entrepreneur and writer focused on the education, career launch and Bitcoin Cash industries. After dropping out of college during his sophomore year as Classics major, Derek worked in the firearms industry and started a marketing company that worked with companies around the world.
He is the Founder & CEO of Pathly and was formerly the Director of Marketing at Praxis. During his career, Derek has worked with companies such as Voice & Exit, The Objective Standard, the Foundation for Economic Education, Glockstore, Colliers International, The Daily Caller, and Undertech. In 2018, Derek founded the Nakamoto Studies Institute.
He has been a guest lecturer at the Foundation for Economic Education and The Institute for Humane Studies and has spoken at dozens of conferences and universities internationally. Derek is the author of the upcoming essay collection “Create Your Career” and a top writer for Quora in the College Dropouts and Bitcoin Cash section with over 1.5 million views.
In 2014, Derek was the lead plaintiff in the Young Americans for Liberty v. University of Michigan free speech discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
Selected Press & Interviews:
- Troll Slayer: Derek Magill Defends Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash Against Defamation
(Published at Bitcoin.com)
- Dropping Out of College, Why and How
(Published at The School Sucks Project)
- The Critical Skill of Creating Value, College, and Bitcoin Cash
(Published at Craig’s Reasonable Conversations)
- Student Group Settles Lawsuit Against the University of Michigan
(Published at The Michigan Daily)
- College Alternatives, Ayn Rand and Objectivism
(Published at Objectivist Discussions)
I started Pathly in 2018 to help people launch incredible careers without college.
I was the Director of Marketing at Praxis for nearly four years. To that end, I handled web design, public speaking, copywriting, content marketing, sales, a good deal of product development, and a whole lot more. Praxis is a 12 month startup apprenticeship program for young people who want to learn in the real world and build a career now instead of attending college.
Nakamoto Studies Institute
I founded the NSI in 2018 to curate, organize, and annotate all the original writings of Satoshi Nakamoto as well as secondary sources that help to contextualize the writings within a broader tradition.
Learn more about NSI →
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What some people say
Derek Magill’s unpredictable, wild, incisive, creative spark is priceless. He is the master experimenter with an insatiable appetite for methods and models of marketing and he never waits for permission to begin building them.
— Isaac Morehouse, Praxis
Within 48 hours of reading Derek Magill’s eBook, I had written up my value proposition and gotten a job.
— Nick Rundlett, GuildQuality
“Раптом комусь цікаво: ні, я не маю наміру кидати університет, тут дійсно цікаво. Однак слова Дерека змусили замислитись над вибором ментора та роботою “на досвід” уже. Не гайте часу і ви)
— Romaniya Strots’ka, ESFL Ukraine
“I don’t really like Derek but I respect his ability to push people’s buttons. Bigly.
— Cameron Sorsby, Praxis
Why did you drop out of college?
It was no longer valuable to me personally, intellectually, socially, or professionally. And I would have been ashamed of myself if I got a degree.
Are you Greek?
For the past few years my Facebook profile has said that I’m from Greece. Somehow I never thought this would be taken “seriously,” but it has. No, I’m not Greek. At least I don’t think so. I considered myself Greek in the way Percy Bysshe Shelley meant it or Alexander the Great — spiritually, intellectually Greek.
Are you a libertarian?
Something like that. I’m an Objectivist, which has some overlap and that’s why you’ll see me regularly at libertarian events. I like to say that I’m a “radical for capitalism.”
I drink 5 cups per day, which means I get 10 tablespoons of Grass Fed Butter and 10 tablespoons of MCT oil, as well as 3 tablespoons of raw chocolate powder. If that sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen, well, we’ll see. Until then, read this.