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Connecting start-ups with premier executive talent  

Building your leadership team as a Founder or CEO is one of the most important things you’ll do. 

We're here to help.

Spring Search Services

A recruiting approach built by seasoned start-up leaders

Recruiters with
Start-up Experience
Effective Storytelling and Brand Building
Phenomenal Candidate Experiences

We’re former start-up leaders. We’ve lived the start-up grind and know what it takes to build a successful team.


With 32+ years of recruiting experience in the Bay Area start-up ecosystem, we’ve developed a hands-on, thorough recruiting process that consistently delivers top-notch talent tailored to your unique needs.

Your story is your greatest asset and we’re experts at telling it. We dive deep into what makes your company and opportunity unique -- then craft compelling narratives that attract exceptional leaders.


Through an engaging, information-rich process, we amplify your story across multiple channels, ensuring it resonates and stands out in a competitive market.

We build trust with a transparent, insightful approach. Candidates rave about their journeys with us -- they read our emails, answer our calls, and consistently refer us.


We cultivate long-term, meaningful connections with candidates and are committed to making a lasting impact on their careers.

Spring Search Team

Our team


Partner, Executive Recruiter

Tal Zamir

"I discovered my passion for recruiting after years as a start-up leader. I personally guide engagements from kick-off to your new leader's first day on the job. With a proactive and transparent approach, I manage every detail of the search, ensuring you experience maximum clarity, peace of mind, and confidence in our process."

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Partner, Executive Recruiter

Jeanmarie Boben

"I take immense pride in the process we've built at Spring Search over the last 15 years, leveraging my 25+ years in recruiting. While our tech stack has evolved, my passion for leading effective recruiting engagements for our clients and connecting candidates with exciting career opportunities remains my driving force."

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Head of Research

Dinah Blatman

"I lead our research team and love the adventure of uncovering amazing candidates with our research and sourcing process. With years of experience in the start-up ecosystem and a deep understanding of your unique needs, I ensure we identify the best talent and fit for your organization. No stone (or boulder) is left unturned!"​

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Spring Search Testimonials

Don't (just) take our word for it

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CEO & Founder, Vivino

Heini Zachariassen

"...amazing work, the process worked incredibly well..."

CAO, Meltwater

Curt McLeland, CPA

"...consistently delivered on our 'hard to find' candidates requirements."

CFO, Gaia

Paul Tarell

"…deep knowledge of the San Francisco technology space…overall A+ experience."

VP FP&A, Lithium Technologies

Tom Krueger

"…best search algorithm & data mining skills I've seen in recruiting... Spring Search produces!"


Randey Arnold-Kraft 

"… Spring Search has filled some of my most difficult to fill positions... high quality candidates... people you can sit in front of your BOD…"

Founder & CEO, Mighty Leaf Tea

Gary Shinner

" and creative in meeting our needs and representing our interests..."

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CEO, AddEvent

Nicolas Zenker

"We're now on our third executive search with Tal… He's an excellent communicator, providing detailed write-ups of proposed candidates… I can't recommend Tal and Spring Search enough if you're hiring for an executive role"

CFO, Workato

Thomas Ream

"…presented candidates are a bullseye."

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CEO, Livingly Media

Erica Carter

“ first call when I need to recruit business leaders..."

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CFO, Vivino

John Moffett

"...acts with integrity and determination..."

Co-Founder & CEO, ActZero

Sameer Bhalotra

" movers who consistently delivered high-quality results."

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CEO, Connection Silicon Valley

Joanne Fedeyko

"…incredibly well networked in the San Francisco Bay Area start-up scene…”

CEO, Canopy

Davis Bell

"Spring Search used their formidable organization skills, friendly personality and great intelligence ... and knocked them down, one by one."

CEO, ICU Eyewear

Rob Robillard

"...well networked, impeccably organized, and highly attentive... strong, qualified candidates…"

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VP Sales, Vivino

Paul Cebulak

"...breaks the mold…the company's choice in recruiter left a great impression on me... offered the service you expect from a great long-term partner."

Sr. Recruiter, Workday

Melissa Milovina

"… articulate and well networked within the Bay Area."

VP of People, Quizlet

Aisha Stephenson

"...consummate professionals at the top of their game."

CFO, ACME Technologies

Priscilla Jayne

"…listened to my needs…pulled top talent…Spring Search delivers.”

VP People, Mirantis

Laurie Dahlgren

“…great for employer branding…I know the candidate experience will be perfect.”

VP Operations, Quizlet

Thompson Paine

“…Spring Search is amazing!!...their candor and transparency make working with them enjoyable, easy, and efficient...”

VP Analytics & Intelligence, Sephora

Alisa Mosler

"… every time I think we've tapped their list… their team comes up with an innovative way to find new candidates."​

CFO, Method Products

Andrea Freedman

"…in the last search I liked ALL the candidates they sent me!"

Sr. Recruiter, Wikimedia Foundation

Sarah Roth

"...without doubt, one of the most talented and knowledgeable recruiters… Spring Search is a breath of fresh air in the world of headhunters."

CFO, Cloudmark

Marina Hardof

"… very personable, straight forward, reliable… "

Interested in working together?

Let's set up an exploratory call.

We only take on assignments we're confident we can close. If it's not a match, we'll help you find the right fit. 

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