Executive Recruiting

Re-imagine Talent Acquisition

The sea of sameness dominates the recruiting landscape. The same social networks, talent pools and channels are used. We give you access to our proprietary talent ranking platform, combined with a personal touch from our executive recruiting team to help you re-imagine talent acquisition and achieve your growth goals.

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Team Leads

Our experienced team brings unique experience, both in-house and agency, giving you an impeccable search experience and world-class process.

Patrick Burke

Partner // Technology Lead

Patrick is a Partner at Terrain and leads the Technology recruiting practice. Most recently Patrick served as head of talent for [24] an enterprise software and services company that is automating customer support and engagement through data, AI and machine learning.  He brings 27 years of experience in talent acquisition with companies like Apple, Square, Houzz, Cadence and DJI.

While at Apple, he and his team built up the early iPod Engineering team, and created the original iPhone Engineering team from scratch, who’s products were 50% of the revenue of the company.  During his tenure are Apple, he and his team were known for going deep to find and attract the best global talent to build one of the top selling products of all time.  He got the startup bug after Apple, growing Square in early days from 75 to 420 in 1.5 years, and helping startups like Houzz, Pebble, DJI and Velodyne LiDAR establish and expand their recruiting functions, and build world class engineering (SW, HW, mechanical), product, design and business teams.  

JC Curran

Partner // Marketing Lead

JC brings 14 years of recruiting experience. During JC's tenure, Salesforce grew from 7,500 > +15k global employees where he helped scale their marketing organization from 175 to 425 people. As their Lead Marketing Recruiter he was responsible for +160 global hires.. Most recently, JC led executive searches for more than 25 fast growing startups and Fortune 500 companies as Partner of Foundation Talent.

Liana grossman

Partner // People & Product

Liana is a Partner at Terrain Advisors. She serves as a member of Upwardly Global's Leadership Council, which supports efforts to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees.

With 8 years of executive search and corporate advisory experience, Liana joins Terrain from True, where she placed executive Talent within venture capital and private equity-backed technology firms. Prior to joining True, Liana gained in-house experience as a Senior Recruiter at Lending Club, recruiting cross-functionally and working directly with senior leaders throughout the organization. Liana was also a Senior Associate within Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice where she worked with VC and PE-backed firms as well as multinational public companies to build general management teams.

Earlier in her career, Liana worked as an attorney in NY for Goodwin Procter LLP and in Washington, DC for Keller & Heckman LLP. She also worked with students through New York University in the areas of networking, personal branding and career development. Liana earned a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University and a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Mark Jacobson

Founder & CEO

Mark is Founder & CEO of Terrain Advisors and serves as a Fund Advisor and Co-Founder at SignalFire, an early stage venture capital fund.  Over the course of his 20-year career, Mark has founded 2 companies, served as an early employee at 2 more, and worked for some of the highest regarded executive search firms in the US. He has completed over 350 executive searches across Consumer and Enterprise high-growth companies.

Most recently, Mark served as a senior Partner at True Search, where served on the executive committee, led the 25 person San Francisco office, and helped the company scale from 20 people to over 120 in 4 years.  

Prior to True, Mark founded Ignition Talent Group, a data-driven talent acquisition firm that helped high-growth companies recruit elite executives. Earlier in his career, Mark earned a reputation as a top performer at leading multi-national and boutique search firms, including Korn/Ferry, Futurestep, and James & Co., as well as Barlow Group, where he served as a partner. Mark began his career at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Mark earned a B.A from Tufts University and has completed graduate coursework at UCLA and UC Berkeley. He serves as a Board Member for Mission Bit, a mission-driven Not-For-Profit organization helping to close the technology divide for disadvantaged Bay Area high school students via project-based computer science courses.

Riley Kinser

Director // Competitive intelligence

Riley is the Director of Competitive Intelligence at Terrain Advisors.

Riley brings a quant finance background to the Terrain team leveraging experience across M&A, Product and Actuarial Science. Prior to joining Terrain, Riley was an Investment Banker at Union Square Advisors where he advised SaaS, eCommerce and financial sponsors on mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and strategy. Notable transactions included EMC/Silverlake & Dell ($67B), Informatica/CPP Investment Board & Permira ($5.3B), Magento & eBay Enterprise/Permira ($925M) and Digital River/Siris Capital ($840M). Riley also previously co-founded an industrial IoT startup in the AgTech space and was the VP of Finance & Product Manager of a mobile virtual reality gaming startup (acquired).

Riley graduated Summa Cum Laude with two Honors Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University where he received over 20 academic scholarships. During his undergrad, Riley authored a thesis analyzing the relationship between physical attractiveness and overconfidence in public markets investors. His research found at the 5% significance level that individuals ranked in the top decile of attractiveness were more likely to recommend larger target prices for stocks than less physically attractive peers suggesting a relationship between physical attractiveness and overconfidence in investing.

In his free time, Riley enjoys growing chili peppers and making his own hot sauce. He is always striving to optimize the yield and flavor profile of his peppers despite the cool San Francisco summers.

Ben Stickney

Partner // Operations lead

Ben is a Partner at Terrain and leads the Operations Advisory recruiting practice.

Leverages nearly two decades of expertise, Ben has hired over 2,000 people in the operations space. He is an expert in helping companies scale for growth, operational turnaround, and leadership development. On the recruiting side, Ben helps build executive teams in domains where tech and business meet, including Consumer Internet, Commerce/Marketplaces, Internet of Things, and 3D Technology/Manufacturing. Ben’s core belief in creating lasting relationships with the executives he works with has cultivated his superior track record of building highly effective teams in companies ranging from seed stage to multi-billion in annual revenue.

Ben’s previous experience includes operational roles from Director to Senior Vice President at multiple companies during hyper growth periods, including Amazon and The Honest Company. He started his career as an Naval fighter pilot leading complex operations around the globe for more than a decade.

Ben earned a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and holds an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has three children, resides in Southern California, and enjoys competitive sailing and Veteran outreach projects

The Platform

Helping our clients hire the best talent, faster.

We've built one of the largest data sets of its kind to give our clients a competitive advantage. We actively monitor and rank eight million software engineers and 100 million tech employees globally.

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Referral Rate
90 Days
Average to Close
70%
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