Talent Strategy and Search


Who We Are

Better is a team of curious and creative problem solvers based in foggy San Francisco, California. We are transparent, collaborative, and come from multidisciplinary backgrounds that allows us to use our expertise in talent and design to create meaningful programs for companies of all shapes and sizes.

Better was founded to help leaders build teams and workplaces that people love. We believe that the human approach to talent doesn’t exist anymore, and we’re here to change that. We believe in building the physical and emotional environments that foster trust between an employer and an employee. Above all, we believe in building a community of people who care about their work.

Our Team


Derek Ling


Derek has spent the last 16 years building companies through the People function in a myriad of industries including biotech, genomics, the sharing economy, consumer tech, and hospitality. During that time he has worked with more than 25 companies and personally hired in excess of 500 people globally.

He’s passionate about working with leaders who believe creating a great place starts with strong management which is a critical component in building mission-driven organizations.

Outside of work, you’ll find Derek cycling in Mt. Tam, trekking in places like Nepal, and making friends in the oceans below.

Better is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that supports the environment in six focus areas: climate, food, land, pollution, water, and wildlife.

Better is also proud member of The Conservation Alliance, an organization that protects and restores America’s wild places.