All the pieces have to fit

Imagine trying to solve a complex puzzle game board without all the right pieces. It can be frustrating, overwhelming, and leave you feeling stuck. But just like in solving a puzzle, finding the right executive talent for your startup is essential for growth and success. That's where we come in.

Our team specializes in helping startups in Enterprise Data Infrastructure, Analytics, Security, or Business Intelligence find the perfect fit for executive positions. We take a holistic view of the candidate selection process, considering not only the candidate's business or technical skills but also their cultural fit and collaborative abilities. Just like piecing together a puzzle, we look at the different shapes and colors of the pieces and how they fit together to create the complete picture.

Giving our clients a competitive advantage in getting top candidates that have an immediate impact on you.

Our team of recruiters have been recruiting into the enterprise space for growth driven companies and startups for 15+ years, tapping into a passive network they have developed to find the best candidates in the market. We start by understanding your unique and specific hiring needs and requirements, then search for candidates that match your criteria. Once we have identified the most qualified candidates, we conduct thorough screening and reference checks to ensure that they are the perfect fit for your team.

We then present the candidates to you for further evaluation, working with you to schedule interviews and follow-up meetings so that you can get to know the candidates better. Throughout the recruitment process, we assign a dedicated account manager work with you to ensure clear communication and a personalized approach.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and our commitment to finding the right fit for your team. We know how challenging it can be to find the right executives for your startup. Let us help you solve the puzzle and build the team that will take your business to the next level.

who we are

Meet Our Team

Brian Schoch
Vice President, Partner

Brian has been in field sales search since 1997, working with venture-backed high-technology companies throughout North America and Europe. His expertise is in enterprise infrastructure, having built sales organizations for venture-backed companies in network infrastructure, applications, business process management, web services & security. Brian's business practice is focused on direct sales, field system engineering, and channel sales for leading infrastructure companies in North America. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master's Degree in Management from The University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

Bob Berry
Founder, Managing Partner

Bob Berry is the Managing Partner and Founder of 121 Silicon Valley, an exec recruiting firm in Silicon Valley. Prior to 121, Bob was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services for AlterPoint in Austin, where he managed field operations both in North America and Europe; Founder and CEO of Ponte, a Greylock portfolio company and an early leader in Enterprise Security Management; and Vice President of World Wide Sales at Inverse Networks, building sales from pre-revenue to $20 million. Bob previously served as Vice President for Oracle's Telecom Service Providers business unit, following sales executive positions at Pyramid Technology and Tandem Computers.

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Chris Velasquez
Director, Client Development

Chris joins 121 Silicon Valley as an Associate and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from De La Salle University. He is passionate about following the Golden State Warriors, World Cup Soccer, and the latest coffee hangout.