We are a boutique executive recruiting firm which helps early stage startups quickly and efficiently hire their most important asset: the people who make their companies prosper.

Sand Hill takes its name from ‘Venture Capital Row’ - the heart of technology innovation in the Information Age. Being well known and respected within the venture community, 100% of our business is based on referrals. Most of our clients are venture-backed startups; most are early stage with less than 100 employees; some have as few as a handful.

Our portfolio is made up of young software companies building promising next-generation products and services, typically new applications or technologies that will drive high impact change. We partner with our clients to find the executives and key individual contributors who are crucial to the success of these new ventures.

Sand Hill is under the direction of Lisa Sheehan, a fifteen-year-plus executive search veteran who founded Sand Hill to provide a highly dedicated and consultative approach to executive search.

It’s been proven time and again that people make or break a company. With this philosophy, the relentless pursuit and professional development of key talent are crucial to our clients’ success as well as our own.


In order to remain the best at what we do, Sand Hill limits its customer base to early stage startups or startup divisions within larger organizations, specifically in the areas of Internet and e-commerce software, digital media, enterprise automation, and other emerging technologies.

Over many years, Sand Hill has built and honed a network of solid, trusted relationships, providing access to the finest talent in Silicon Valley, enabling us to find and present targeted, appropriate candidates for your key searches. Most importantly, we help to ensure that your candidates of choice end up at your company!

More reasons…

  • Because we’re fluent in startup and have the knowledge and flexibility where it counts most.
  • Because we have extensive industry tie-ups all over the world to provide you with a unique bouquet of services, including offshore software development and BPO services.
  • Because you’ll have complete visibility into your recruiting costs due to our unique fee structure.
  • Because our founder has been doing this for over 15 years and her name has become synonymous with getting teams started up in the Valley. Just check our track record.

Give us your “pitch.” Explain your funding status, your hiring plans and the candidate profiles you seek. We’ll evangelize your company, isolate a small number of highly targeted candidates and help you hire the best.

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