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Startups and Unicorns

Whether your organization is among new startups with 50 to 100 employees — now hiring your first People leader—or a “tech unicorn” company with over 500 employees in exponential growth mode preparing for an IPO, you’ll benefit from Frederickson Partners’ C-suite and HR consultants for startups. We partner with startup and unicorn companies on C-suite, board and HR executive searches.

We have expertise and experience from working with over 400 venture-funded startups in the past 25 years. We place companies’ first Heads of People, upgrade the Heads of People role to Chief People Officers, and build out HR teams with other key HR roles, and we’re able to provide interim People and HR leaders while conducting the search. (See Types of HR Roles.) We’re also well-versed in helping startups build out their C-suite and senior leadership as they experience these varying stages of development  Our HR consultants for startups have helped companies grow in virtually every hot tech space by having the right executive talent and executive leaders. We also provide venture capital investments and advisory to many.

Within technology, we’ve worked with over 50% of the leading companies in each of the following categories: Internet, e-commerce, Ad Tech, EdTech, construction technology, Health Tech and social media. We act as HR consultants for startups to:

Not certain what you really need at this stage in your organization’s growth? Reach out to us and we’ll work with you to determine the right strategy.

Client Case Study:

Bringing Silicon Valley to a Global People Team

An HR consultant for startups consults onsite with a People and HR team.

Executive Roles

Global Head of Talent Acquisition

HRBP, Engineering

People–International Expansion, Global Sourcing

Senior HRBP, Mexico City

Text label for Nubank, one of Latin America's top fintech startups.

Largest FinTech in Latin America


The Chief Human Resources Officer at Brazilian unicorn company, Nubank engaged with Frederickson Partners to help build out and up-level Nubank’s HR organization.

Frederickson Partners worked with Nubank’s leadership team to determine the role requirements and recruitment process for these candidates. The Frederickson search team met onsite in São Paulo to understand firsthand what the culture of Nubank and São Paulo, Brazil was like. The chosen person had to be able to craft clear, consistent, and cross-functional approaches to identify, engage, and hire the best talent for this organization from across the globe.

The result was hiring a Global Head of Talent Acquisition in Sao Paulo, plus other key People/HR executives in Brazil and Mexico City.

Frederickson Partners, a Gallagher company is a market leader in retained executive search since 1995. As one of the top-rated HR executive search and C-suite recruiting firms, we have expertise in placing Chief People Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Legal Officers and many other senior leaders. We draw on a broad network of rising and established executives and leaders, and a 28-year reputation as a talent acquisition and HR Advisory provider.

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