Danielle Smith

Fractional Talent & People Leader. Have led growth teams 10x company HC and laid out all Talent and People Ops foundation

I'm someone who is well versed in the startup world. For the last 15 years I've worked in startups, and have built high performing global teams. Having always worked remotely, I've set up global teams and entities in many countries and work to understand and help create a scalable foundation for a growing business.

I was the first People hire at InVision, and helped the company grow from 50-750 globally. Creating best practices and foundation for all recruiting and people operations.

I went on to …

Danielle Smith


  • Built the HR and Talent foundation at InVision, Primer and Vannevar Labs

    Designed, structured and implemented end to end foundation for the HR and Talent teams at multiple companies while still being hands on


  • Third Tiger

    Third Tiger


    Feb 2020 - Present

    Fractional Talent and People work.

    • As a fractional talent and people leader, I both made multiple engineering hires within a month and also trained the engineering team on interview best practices.
  • Vannevar Labs

    Vannevar Labs

    VP of People

    Oct 2022 - May 2023

    Vannevar Labs is a defense technology company

    • Designed and Implemented both talent and HR best practices and tools. Set up from 0 to a fully functioning recruiting and HR team.
    • In six months my team doubled headcount across engineering, sales and business.
  • SandboxAQ


    Talent Advisor

    Feb 2022 - Jun 2022

    Originally formed within Google, SandboxAQ is combining Quantum and AI technologies

    • Build and led interview best practices to streamline hiring
    • Sourced many key hires for Engineering and GTM
  • Primer.ai


    Global Head of Talent

    Dec 2019 - Feb 2022

    Primer.ai is a defense technology business

    • Founding member of the recruiting team. Built all TA function from the ground up.
    • Grew overall business from 30-250 employees
    • Improved acceptance rate for offers from 40% to 100%
    • Revamped hiring and interview process and improved time to hire from 100 days to 35 days
    • Laid out process for all recruiting and various people Ops process
  • Docker


    Head of Technical Recruiting

    Jul 2018 - Nov 2019

    Docker helps developers bring their ideas to life by conquering the complexity of app development.

    • Partnered with VP of Engineering to build new offices in Bay Area and Europe
    • Worked on all senior engineer hires (manager, director and above)
  • InVision


    Global Head of Talent

    Feb 2015 - Jul 2018

    InVision is the visual collaboration platform powering the world’s smartest companies

    • Grew the recruiting team from 0-26 and overall company from 50-700
    • Created a seamless onboarding experience for new hires and worked proactively to create inclusive an environment for a distributed company
    • Collaborated with executives and recruiters to create strategic hiring events (Sales and Engineering)
    • Coached, mentored and promoted direct reports from support roles to recruiters and recruiters into managers.
    • Worked with stakeholders on staff leveling and comp.
  • Zillow


    Tech Recruiting

    Jul 2011 - Feb 2015

    Reimagining real estate

    • Second recruiter hired for Zillow in 2011
    • Zillow’s first remote recruiter, tasked at opening our Irvine office in 2012 and remotely supporting, and hiring over 100 account executive roles
    • Cultivated critical relationships with new hiring managers as Zillow acquired businesses in New York and San Francisco and maintained the highest interview to offer ratio in the company.

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