HSF Consulting's core business is retained search for early to late stage technology startups in the San Francisco bay market. Our clients retain us to place engineering and product leadership talent at the Executive and Director level. Clients also retain our team to cherry-pick hard to find or niche hires essential to their growth. After placing key decision-makers into our clients, HSF continues working with those leaders on a contingent basis to staff out their organizations. Our philosophy is best described as a consultative "LISTEN FIRST" approach to creating long term relationships while striving to add value and differentiate ourselves in the market by providing "QUALITY OVER QUANTITY," highly targeted, and expertly aligned results for both candidates and clients.
We're the bay area’s only executive search firm for startups specializing in both retained and contingency search that caters to the San Francisco bay market with a reach extending up to Toronto, across the Pacific to Honolulu, and Tokyo. Our core philosophy and search methodology brings a level of thoroughness, attention to detail, and relationship building that's been lost in the transactional world of today's recruiting market. Fancy algorithms, quirky job boards, and body-shop websites will never replace an authentic recruiter's credibility nor their ability to align the flavors in your hallway with the personality types that you need to get to market before your competition.
Quality over Quantity
The best balance of "do it right" and "get it done" means we strive to send you that one candidate or one job that ticks of all your check boxes. You achieve a competitive advantage through hiring the best people or finding the best job in less time and focusing on what your other priorities in life.
Relationship-driven and we meant it! NO spamming jobs or resumes. NO "send me an email and I'll get back to you." We ENGAGE and have meaningful conversations to get to the core of the matter. SLOW DOWN...invest a little... give us your ATTENTION... and we promise you'll get better ROI.
We only work with Bay Area startups and the Venture Capital funds backing them. We understand the unique challenges of going from 10 to 20 employees, or from 50 to 100 plus. Startup DNA, Disruptive, Passionate, Multiple Hats, Lean, etc - WE GET IT!
Recruiting an early team of "A-Players" to your startup is by far one of the most challenging and important things you need to do as a leader. We spend our time tirelessly sifting through the market, sourcing, interviewing, contacting, pre-screening, compelling the best talent available while drilling into every tangible and intangible skill ask us to screen. We present you with not just a resume but a pre-qualified candidate who aligns with your culture, and already understands your value proposition.
Recruiters are not gatekeepers, rather they should be guides and ladders helping you to get ahead. A good Recruiter can be your biggest advocate and advantage. If you are ready we will start by first asking you about your aspirations and motivations. We'll take our time to get a complete picture of your background, personality, and needs before making assumptions or sales pitches. No baiting, we only start talking about a new job when the time is right and when we found an opportunity that aligns with your goals.
"I am a big fan of Andy and his team. He is a pleasure to work with and delivers great talent. Andy helped us make several important hires in a very difficult hiring market. "Uber Exec
"I have been working with HSF for several years. They have helped me hire multiple talented product managers, engineers, and data analysts. He(Andy) is dedicated to the searches, highly effective, market knowledgeable, and very transparent. "AdTech CTO
"We have worked with HSF now to fill 3 critical roles - two for hands on architects and one for an experienced community manager. They have always exceeded my expectations when it comes to how quickly they present excellent candidates. Somehow they find the people who are not only great for the position, but also ready to make a move."OpenSource Foundation Exec
"Andy is unique in his ability to find the right candidate. He takes the time to get to know candidates and makes them feel taken care of. At the same time he asks probing questions to help uncover the exact needs of hiring managers. He helped my company (now part of Google) with a key Android opening. We hired the first person he sent us! I highly recommend his recruiting."Google Exec
Founder and a Principal Recruiter of HSF Consulting, Andy has over a decade of experience in the recruitment industry both in the US and Asia markets. He is an internationally seasoned and relationship driven business owner, recruiter and talent consultant working exclusively with San Francisco bay area Venture Capital funds and their portfolios of start-up investments. Advocating a listen first approach with a quality over quantity mindset, Andy works with his team placing C level and upper management executive talent down the individual contributor engineering level into early stage disruptive technology startups. Some of the firms Andy has worked with have gone on to IPO or through successful acquisition by firms such as Google. He is based full-time in Honolulu and is regularly in the SF bay meeting clients, VC's and candidates. See his LinkedIn below for more information and references.