Executive Search and Headhunting for Startup Success

Having the right people join you on your startup journey is critical to success. Whether you are still searching for your business model or already scaling up a validate go-to-market plan, you need exceptional people that accelerate your startup's progress.

The job market will swing up and down over economic cycles, but despite some big tech layoffs, there is always a shortage of qualified, exceptional talent.

Through Executive Search and professional headhunting, our executive recruiters help our startup customers hire the very best people in the market - including passive candidates who never look at job ads.

Avoid falling into the trap of filtering for mediocre talent from the "noise", and talk to our team today.  

Ray Gibson, CEO & Founder
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How Funded.club Helps You


  • We headhunt and screen top talent for startups every day, worldwide, for a range of skills and roles - CTOs, developers, UX designers, digital marketing specialists, product owners, sales leaders, sales professionals, customer success, CFOs, financial controllers...
  • Make critical hires quickly. Our mean average time-to-hire from kick-off call to accepted offer for executive roles is 40 days.
  • Manage your costs closely. Our low fees from $3900 / €3600 per hire are fixed and help you stretch your runway further even as you grow. 
  • Hire passive candidates who do not apply to job ads. We pitch your startup and recruit fresh candidates every day that fit your startup culture, budget, and required skills - we only use our database of 100,000 startup-ready candidates as a backup.


Hang on a moment! :) How is this so good and also so cheap?

  • We get this question a lot. Our secret is our unique business model for executive recruiting (far different from a traditional % of salary model) plus the tech stack we have built to speed up our projects.
  • Our customers promise we're the only partner helping them fill each executive role we work on. We work undistracted with guaranteed results.
  • Filling every role we work on we have no wasted effort combined with low overheads allows us to deliver a full headhunting service on a bootstrapped budget.
  • We use the best tools in the world to identify executive talent and the best headhunters in the world running our searches.


TL:DR - we're disruptors and we get sh*t done.



The Impact of Executive Search and Headhunting for Startups:

  • According to a study by Jobvite, employee referrals and headhunting are the most effective sources of quality hires for startups, with 56% and 37% of hires respectively coming from these sources.
  • A report by Top Echelon found that companies that use headhunters to fill vacancies tend to have a higher success rate than those that use other recruiting methods, with an average success rate of 82%.
  • A survey by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) found that 86% of respondents said that headhunting led to better quality hires compared to other recruiting methods.
  • A report by NPAworldwide found that headhunting can lead to faster hiring times, with an average time-to-hire of 4.4 weeks compared to 6.9 weeks for other recruiting methods.
  • A study by LinkedIn found that candidates who are contacted by a headhunter are 2.6 times more likely to accept a job offer than those who apply through a job board or career website.
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Why Choose Us?

We charge low fixed fees starting at $4500 / €3900* per hire, or choose Embedded Recruiting for a fixed monthly fee | 70% cost savings overall

​Our startup executive recruiters think and operate like founders and not like typical agency staff.

We screen candidates that work well in a startup culture of rapid growth in a fast-changing environment

​​Guaranteed results - first candidates in 7 days and a shortlist of the best candidates in the market in 14 days

We help you build and protect your employer brand

We help you understand your ROI with weekly updates and stats

Our clients become GDPR-compliant immediately while using our tools (don't underestimate this!)

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"Funded.club was absolutely an integral piece of our process to find-test-hire people for our company lately. This not only saved us quite literally munltiple months of work in pre-screenings, but also efficient in finding candidates that we basically removed the need for a recruitment team altogether. this allowed us to focus resources on more critical things that every company should be doing, like building the product!"


Jiří Třečák


"Working with Funded.club has been a wonderful experience. The staff is highly experienced, saved us tons of time and are results driven. All of it is a fraction of traditional recruitment agency costs. Highly recommended for fast-growing startups and scale-ups!"


Johannnes Koeppel


"We were struggling to find the right person for our senior dev role and so got in touch with Funded.Club. They quickly found candidates that fitted with our requirements and culture and we were able to fill the position. Thanks to Emma for your effort which saved us lots of time and cost."

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Tony Stanley


"At Tesseract.io we are constantly looking for talents to join our ever-growing team. The Funded.Club team has helped tremendously in our hiring process. In addition to the responsiveness, they provide weekly summaries throughout the hiring progress. Candidates presented were pre-screened and of good quality. Candidates start streaming in very quickly after our kick-off meeting, usually within the same week. They've helped us with multiple technical positions that we previously struggled to fill. We will definitely use them for future hires. "

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Colin Lee


"We worked with Bulent and Funded.club to successfully recruit a Senior Software Engineer. Bulent advised us on the brief, provided valuable insights on salary ranges and then worked diligently to provide us with an excellent shortlist of candidates. Bulent is a great communicator and provided straightforward advice which helped us rapidly conclude our search confident we had the best candidate in the market for our brief."

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Julian Thorne


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