The right role can be life changing. The right team can change the world.

Too often, professionals stay in the wrong roles because of time-consuming job searches that lack transparency. Meanwhile, hiring remains the primary bottleneck to growth for most venture-backed companies. Why? Hiring is broken.

We're Candidate Labs.

The Search Firm Built as a Technology Company

We’re reimagining what’s possible in the recruiting space

Candidate Labs is creating a radically better experience for candidates and employers by reinventing the hiring process from start to finish. We utilize technology for scale and repeatability alongside a team of seasoned search professionals who join Candidate Labs for better enablement, economics, and growth.

Our Last 100 Placements

88%
of candidates we put forward were interviewed by hiring managers
3 weeks
is the time it took for a client to meet the candidate they hired
90%
of clients are referrals
33%
of candidates were women or BIPOC
25%
of candidates were managers, directors, or executives
34%
of candidates were placed at a company backed by A16z, Kleiner, Sequoia, or Accel

Our People

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Jonathan Downey

CEO
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Kendra Morales

VP of Client Services
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Ryan Stevens

CTO
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Michael Zhang

COO
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Kendra Morales

VP of Client Services
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Jaycie Moller

Client Partner
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Liam Naughton

Client Partner
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Jane St. John

Director of Marketing 
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Danielle Wood

Director of Business Development
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Bassam Aoun

Head of Data Science
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Michael Donohue

Founding Product Manager
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Mario Ayerbe

UX Designer
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Grant Hulegaard

Staff Engineer
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Xiaolei Zhu

Data Engineer
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Brian Kennedy

Senior Software Engineer
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Nathan Moore

Frontend Engineer
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Eric White

Principal Data Scientist

Our Mission

For Candidates
Help every candidate find their dream job and support them in achieving their career ambitions.
For Recruiters
Amplify the impact of great recruiters, enabling them to spend more time with people and less time in a myriad of tools.
For Employers
Enable technology companies to scale more effectively through more consistent delivery of the right hire at the right time.

Top VC-Backed Companies Hire With Us

Coda logoDeel logoParsec logoOne Signal logoAirbase logoSet sail logoLattice logo+Doxel logoMira logoVoice ops logoRippling logoChili Piper logo

"Best Contingency Firm for High Growth Startups - Hands Down"

Brian Acosta, Sydney

"Sourced and closed our first AE in 9 days; best recruiting experience in my 25 years of B2B"

Brian Acosta, Sydney

"Amazing experience with great people to support!"

Brian Acosta, Sydney

"Amazing insights, Collaboration and opportunity"

Brian Acosta, Sydney

5-Star Rated on G2

"Best Contingency Firm for High Growth Startups - Hands Down"
Kelly Brimbore, Newcastle
"Sourced and closed our first AE in 9 days; best recruiting experience in my 25 years of B2B"
Adrian Moore, Melbourne
"Amazing experience with great people to support!"
Farrah Kent, London
"Amazing insights, Collaboration and opportunity"
Mo Fallah, Sydney
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5-Star Rated on G2

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"Best Contingency Firm for High Growth Startups - Hands Down"
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"Sourced and closed our first AE in 9 days; best recruiting experience in my 25 years of B2B"
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"Amazing experience with great people to support!"
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"The candidates we saw were really high quality. 9.5 out of every 10 candidates they showed us, we did a screen with, and from there, the likelihood of us bringing a candidate on-site was higher than I've seen with other firms or with inbound candidates. We were able to hire two people from a standing start within 45 days.”
— Josh Wetzel, CRO of OneSignal
“Candidate Labs presented me with seven candidates - all that met the criteria that we'd identified as important. I accepted all seven candidates and started them through the interview process. Through those seven candidates, we actually went forward and offered jobs to four of them. And three of the four accepted the jobs. We were thrilled with being able to start with seven, end with three, and do it all within about a four week period of time.”
— Keith Cook, VP of Worldwide Sales at Parsec
“We work with four or five different recruiters for the different go-to-market roles that we were doing searches for and consistently Candidate Labs brought the most quality candidates.”
— Chris Lee, Head of Sales, North America at Deel
"I honestly don’t know exactly how they do it. What I do know is the result, they're putting in front of me really qualified candidates in a fraction of the time that I’m used to."
— Sasha Pesic, COO of RapidAPI

Our Investors

We're grateful to work with a group of investors who believe the recruiting space is overdue for change. We're backed by top tier investors and over two dozen founders of high-growth startups.
Signal Fire logoFuel Capital logoFJ labs logoBox Group logo

Talent Leaders

Jack Altman

Founder, Lattice

John Jersin

Founder, Connectifier

Tom Friel

fmr CEO, Heidrick & Struggles

Tech-Enabled Service Founders

Eric Wu

Founder, Opendoor

Gordon Wintrob

Founder, Newfront Insurance

Keller Rinaudo

Founder, Zipline

AI / ML Leaders

David Scott Phoenix

Founder, Vicarious.ai

Ian Wong

Founder, Opendoor

George Babu

Founder, Kindred.ai

Founders

James Beshara

Founder, Tilt

Zachary Bookman

Founder, OpenGov

Eric DeMenthon

Founder, Padmapper

Tim Harris

Founder, Swift Navigation

Jake Klamka

Founder, Insight Data Science

Thejo Kote

Founder, Airbase

Mark Lovas

Founder, Trumaker

Shan Sinha

Founder, Highfive

Kyle Vogt

Founder, Cruise

Rated as the #2 search firm on G2 Crowd

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"Best recruiting experience I've ever had! Great company, quick & lucrative offer, very professional"
Brian N,
Account Executive
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
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"High Quality Recruitment & Quick Timeline to Hire!"
Dana M,
Account Manager, Channel
Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
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"Candidate Labs was the perfect hybrid of educational, thoughtful, and resourceful recruiting"
Emily L,
Founding Account Executive
Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
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"Fantastic recruiting experience."
Joshua M,
Associate, Revenue Collective
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
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We're Nationwide

Candidate Labs has offices in major tech hubs across the country and team members working remotely to support our clients and candidates nationwide.

SF Bay Area

New York

Austin

SoCal

Denver

Remote

Our Core Values

We are data people.

Innovation and technology are in our DNA. We believe that software can enable radically better experiences for candidates, employers, and recruiters, and that data is the fundamental lever.

We are not limited by the status quo.

We are willing to forgo old ways and invent new methods. With open minds and innate curiosity, we tackle the problems that others are not bold enough to face.

We are known for our dependability and high-trust relationships.

We care deeply about the success of our candidates and partners, believing that lasting relationships are built through investment, transparency, and trust – not transactions.

We have a velocity mindset.

We combine the clarity of big picture thinking with the propensity to act. We optimize for speed of learning, celebrating wins and learning from failures. We prioritize ruthlessly.

We are committed to growth.

We believe that little improvements add up to big impact. We are eager to learn and embrace the discomfort of growth, knowing our consistent pursuit of improvement creates compounding personal and professional gains.

We are all recruiters.
We are all technologists.

Our ultimate advantage is our ability to work together. We are highly collaborative, put the team first, and support each other. We push each other to do our best work, knowing that we compete and win together.

We don’t mistake activity for results.

In an industry known for empty promises, we deliver consistent results, combining hard work and discipline to deliver on our promises. We continually find leverage to do our work better, faster and at greater scale.
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