Recruiting for Startups & Scaleups

Flexible engagements, experienced startup recruiters with deep domain expertise, AI-enabled sourcing – Rocket’s model is unique among startup recruiting firms. The brainchild of serial entrepreneurs, our approach is designed to support the hiring needs of startups and scaleups experiencing rapid growth, at scale.
For startups, by startup founders
Rocket was founded by serial entrepreneurs who have led multiple startups to acquisition by companies like Zynga and Survey Monkey. We know the challenges of startup recruiting, and what it takes to scale successfully.
500+ happy customers
Our team has unparalleled experience and specialization in startups, equity, and growth. We've helped hundreds of startups, scaleups, and VC portcos successfully build and scale high-performance teams.
Flexible startup recruiting models
Rocket’s recruiting solutions are designed to meet the evolving hiring needs of startups. We scale up or down with the requirements of your business, allowing for flexibility during periods of high or low recruiting volumes.

A single partner for all your startup recruiting needs, from Seed to IPO.

Build From Scratch
Our experienced startup recruiters help you identify, prioritize, and hire for foundational roles essential to your organization’s growth.
Rapid Growth
Scaling after a funding round? We’re here to help improve your talent acquisition, provide strategic leadership, and support the next phase of your company’s growth.
Key Leadership &
Talent Gaps
Critical to success, notoriously hard to fill. We have 15+ years of experience in executive search for startups, and know exactly how to get you perfect-fit leaders.
New Markets &
From building out a new function, to expanding lines of business or targeting niche roles, Rocket's got you covered.

Unparalled Results for Startups

Our specialized startup recruiters have delivered high-impact results for hundreds of organizations.
  • $650M Fintech Startup
  • 2x Team from 40-80+
  • 10x valuation
  • 30+ candidates placed in ~12 months
  • $36M Mobile Gaming Platform
  • Seed - Series A
  • 20x valuation
  • 20+ candidates place in ~10 months
  • Series B - IPO
  • 28 Engineers placed in 24 months
  • Backend, Data, Rails, Architects

What We Do

Our comprehensive approach to startup recruiting is guided by technology and designed to maximize results. You'll work closely with an experienced Account Manager on our team to make a great hire, guaranteed.
Understand Your Job Requirements
We do a deep dive into the role to understand your needs and drive alignment.
Identify and Source Candidates
Our comprehensive search casts a wide net, uncovering candidates others may miss. Your preferences and behavior are used by our machine learning algorithms to select the best matches.
We aggregate data about each candidate to build a rich profile. Our knowledge of candidate motivations allows us to effectively communicate your story.
We run point on logistics to ensure successful interviews. Use our market insights and expertise to make compelling offers.
After raising $100M led by Lightspeed Ventures in 2021, 1047 Games needed to scale across several teams from engineering to art. We combined Contingency with Embedded RPO to help 1047 Games spin up the power of a full recruiting team in days with zero overhead, and hit hiring milestones ahead of schedule.

Roles Placed From A to Z

  • Software Engineer
  • Senior Fullstack Engineer
  • Staff Software Engineer
  • Tech Lead
  • Tech Lead Manager
  • Lead Backend Engineer
  • Frontend Architect
  • Software Architect
  • DevOps
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Platform Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Release Engineer
  • Founding Engineer
  • Salesforce Developer
  • Computer Vision Engineer
  • ML Research Engineer
  • ML Research Scientist
  • AI Engineer
  • Deep Learning Engineer
  • Prompt Engineer
  • Applied ML Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analysts
  • Data Platform Engineer
  • BI Developer
  • BI Analyst
  • ETL Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Founding PM
  • Product Designer
  • UI Designer
  • UX Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • UI/UX Designer
  • SDR
  • Account Executive
  • Head of Sales
  • Director, Sales
  • Inside Sales
  • Channel Sales Manager
  • Programmatic Sales Manager
  • International Sales Executive
  • Sales Lead
  • Sales Engineer
  • Sales Implementation
  • Director of Business Development
  • Marketing Automation Manager
  • Content Marketing Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • VP of Marketing
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Digital Media Artist, Social Marketing
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Head of Marketing
  • Growth Marketing Lead
  • Marketing Director
  • CRM/Email Marketing Manager
  • Head of Sales and Marketing Finance
  • Social Media Manager
  • Growth Operations Manager
  • CEO
  • CTO
  • Head of Eng
  • VP of Eng
  • Director of Eng
  • Engineering Manager
  • CPO
  • Head of Product
  • VP of Product
  • Director of Product
  • Group Product Manager
  • Director of Infrastructure
  • Head of Sales
  • VP Sales
  • Head of Marketing
  • VP Marketing
  • Chief of Staff
  • VP Finance
  • Finance Manager
  • Controller
  • Accounting Manager
  • Finance Associate
  • Head of Corporate Finance
  • BI Manager, Finance
  • Strategic Finance Manager
  • Head of Finance
  • ​Accounting Operations Manager
  • Accounting Business Operations Manager
  • VP of Finance
  • Trading Operations Manager
  • Assistant Controller
  • VP Controller
  • Financial Controller
  • Operations Manager
  • Community & Social Director
  • HR Generalist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Chief of Staff
  • Field Operations Manager
  • Animation Director
  • Audio Director
  • Character Artist
  • Senior 3D Animator
  • Senior 3D Generalist
  • Senior Concept Artist
  • Senior Gameplay Programmer
  • Technical Artist
  • Gameplay Engineer, Unreal Engine
  • Art Producer
  • Producer
  • Sr VFX Artist

The #1 Choice for Top VCs

Rocket is trusted by portfolio companies under industry-leading Venture Capital, Growth Equity, and PE firms.

Supercharge Your Startup’s Recruiting With Rocket.