Executive Recruiters For Start Up

Hiring the right talent for your Startup or early stage SaaS business is perhaps the single most critical aspect of your role as a startup SaaS leader. People are the lifeblood of any business and in the case of an early stage business, it’s perhaps even more critical, so part of your challenge is finding the right Executive Search firm that can support your current Retained Search requirements.

Startup and earlier stage SaaS companies (We used to say Software Companies!) looking to develop first class winning teams have worked with Intrinsic Executive Search for over 20 years as their go to Retained Recruitment firm and Headhunter partner to identify, attract and recruit critical SaaS talent in the UK, EMEA and North America.

We work with Series A-D Venture Capital backed business as well as Private Equity owned firms. In recent times, we have also worked as Recruiters with an increasing number of bootstrapped companies that have not taken external funding.

The Directors of Intrinsic Executive Search have been a Recruitment partner, working with early stage SaaS companies since the 1990s. Their early experiences were valuable, working for a Pre IPO and then Post IPO Tech Services and Executive Search firm from San Francisco immersed them in the startup world.

Fast forward to today and SaaS leaders can be sure that they are working with a team that has the insight and experience to bring true value to their early stage SaaS venture.

Case study

The Challenge

Groop was at a critical stage of development and needed to identify a sales leader that would bring cohesion, sales process and leadership to the sales team while maintaining a harmonious and supportive sales culture. Groop was introduced to Intrinsic through one of their advisors who had built a relationship with Paul French, Director of Intrinsic over the last 20 years.

The Solution

Intrinsic proposed and delivered a rapid and nimble executive search process that was tuned specifically to the needs of Groop. The search was led to ensure that shortlisted candidates had experience of working for a similar early stage SaaS business. Suitable candidates would have an entrepreneurial profile, ideally having worked for a smaller, hgh growth business in early stage mode.

The Outcome

A pre-interviewed shortlist of candidates was presented to Groop for interview and from the original shortlist, the preferred candidate was selected and hired. The end to end process was less than 90 days, from the first meeting to the chosen candidate starting.

Intrinsic Search recruits for a variety of start up clients

We recruit for start up positions

Vice President Sales
Vice President Marketing
Vice President of Professional Services
Vice President of Customer Success
Vice President of Channel & Alliances
Chief Revenue Officer
Managing Director
Chief Executive Officer
Sales Leadership
Customer Success Manager
Marketing Director
Product Management Director
Regional Sales Directors
Senior Sales Executive
Pre Sales Executive

See what our start up clients are saying about us

Paul is a diligent and thorough professional. He carried out an excellent recruitment campaign for Groop and sourced some senior level candidates who were all of high calibre. He pays attention to detail and this matters when recruiting – the personality fit is as important as the CV.

Sally Higham, CEO, Groop


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