Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess is an experienced developer, community advocate and the founder and CEO of Grand Rapids-based 616 Development. His mission: to inspire community by rehabilitating underutilized urban spaces. Follow Derek on Twitter @derekcoppess or email him at derek at 616development dot com


Decide or die

May 31, 2017
"You gotta make decisions. You gotta keep making decisions, even if they're the wrong decisions, you know. If you don't make decisions, you're stuffed." -Joe Simpson, “Touching the Void” film Read More

Average or great?

April 26, 2017
Not every entrepreneur starts out knowing exactly how they are going to monetize the innovation they would like to share with the world. Read More

Innovate or die

February 28, 2017
The business or corporate lifecycle is something I re-visit often — mostly because it is a dynamic process that constantly evolves. Read More

It takes a village

February 17, 2017
Early in 2016, I had that sinking feeling you get as an entrepreneur when you realize you completely underestimated your growing organization’s needs. Read More

Another spin around the sun

December 28, 2016
Each year around the holidays, I slow down and ask myself three questions. Read More

Stop selling and begin inspiring

October 31, 2016
The dictionary defines selling as persuading someone in exchange for money. Conversely, the dictionary defines inspiring as filling someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Read More

Get your hands dirty

September 22, 2016
"Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face and then reach for the stars." -Ben Stein Read More

Are you a creator?

July 31, 2016
Create. Lead. Fail. Fix. Empower....Repeat! Read More

Re-think daily interactions

June 24, 2016
"At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer Read More

The power of thought

April 28, 2016
"Most of the pain you're dealing with is really just thoughts — ever think of that?” -“Buddhist Boot Camp” Read More