Matt Somero

Agency hustle, internal feel

I've spent 10 years supporting tech startups. Most of that has been as a contingency partner, but I've successfully delivered multiple times as a contract internal recruiter. I thoroughly enjoy working closely with founders to maximize inbound while supplementing with outreach, as necessary. My priority is to meet early stage startups where they are and make hiring both flexible and financially sensible.

Matt Somero

Testimonials

  • Matt is an excellent recruiter. Not just on agency side, but overall, he would excel in house as well. He is very detailed oriented, which is a must have within recruitment where dates/times/numbers are critical. Matt is friendly, professional, hard working, organized, and very easy to work with. He's efficient and doesn't waste your time either. Coming from an extremely high bar at Google, I am confident to say that any organization will benefit from the talent he offers.

    Julie Nguyen

    Julie Nguyen

    Tech Recruiter, WeWork
  • It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Matt for over a year. His passion and knowledge for recruiting hard-to-fill technical positions is unmatched. I truly admire his ability to hear the hiring manager’s needs and produce solid candidates quickly. He is reliable, professional, and trustworthy. I highly recommend Matt for your hiring needs!

    Kinsey Keene

    Kinsey Keene

    HRBP, Bittrex
  • I worked with Matt on recruiting a couple of positions. He is one of the best recruiters I have worked with. Very easy to communicate with and did tons of groundwork to help make it easier for me as the hiring manager. I would bounce back with resumes that looked good and he followed up super fast. Sometimes speed matters when it comes to hiring really great candidates and Matt was always on the ball.

    Tamara Prewitt

    Tamara Prewitt

    Fractional CMO, Protegrity
  • After trying to work with a couple of other recruiters, I realized how lucky I was to have Matt helping me identify strong data scientists for our team. He spent the time to work with me to truly understand the types of skills and personalities that would be a good fit, and was also helpful in identifying the factors that were most important to candidates so that we could have fruitful discussions and move to closure quickly. He is a recruiter with integrity. I highly recommend him.

    Bonnie Ray

    Bonnie Ray

    Vice President for Analytic Innovation, Arena Analytics
  • For the last few years, Matt has found some of our most talented Engineers. We've worked with many recruiters and he is one of the only ones we have stuck with in the long haul because he is amazing at sourcing talent and he is dependable and trustworthy. Matt never just slings tons of resumes at you and he has good instincts about which candidates will be right for VTS. I always get the sense that Matt is on the side of VTS. I almost never feel that way about other recruiters.

    Karl Baum

    Karl Baum

    Co-Founder & CTO, View the space
  • My work with Matt as a candidate led me to work with Matt when I started looking to agency to help fill roles. When we worked together he was by far the most productive agency in terms of delivering high quality candidates and helping get them in the door. Perhaps more importantly, he does not subscribe to the "spaghetti against the wall" approach that most agencies follow which meant that my time with Matt was always well spent.

    John Turek

    John Turek

    CTO, Aetion

Work

  • Keen Search

    Under the banner of Keen Search, I'm currently the fractional recruiter for a stealth mode fintech (mortgage + blockchain) startup. We're averaging 2-3 hires per month with a combination of inbound applicants from our job postings and outreach to passive candidates. We've accomplished this for 70-80% less cash than a contingency firm would have charged.

    https://keensearch.io/

Experience

  • Keen Search

    Keen Search

    Co-Founder

    Jan 2020 - Present

    Boutique agency supporting a select few clients.

    • Partnered with two prominent crypto exchanges to hire dozens of software engineers
    • Partnered with a Series B (then C) health tech startup to hire a VPE, Sr. Director of Engineering, Head of Infosec, and multiple software and security engineers
    • Partnered with a Series A PropTech startup to hire multiple software engineers
  • Vault Talent

    Vault Talent

    Founder & Chief Nobody

    Sep 2018 - Jan 2020

    Supported tech startups in Seattle and Salt Lake City for ~18 months before merging with Rango Talent to form Keen Search.

    • Supported Seattle and Salt Lake City tech startups in a variety of ways: internal recruiter, hourly sourcing, and contingency search.
    • WEconnect (6 month contract): Internal recruiter for a mission-based startup bringing technology to bear on addiction recovery.
    • InsideSales.com (7 month contract): Internal recruiter for a well-known Utah tech company. ~20 hires.
    • Protegrity (3 month contract): Internal recruiter for a data protection startup. Multiple marketing leadership hires.
  • Quest Groups

    Quest Groups

    Recruiting Manager

    Apr 2013 - Jun 2018

    Started my recruiting career at a 30-person agency.

    • Partnered with dozens of NYC tech startups. Hated pretty much everything about agency ethics and work culture, so I branched out on my own.
  • KPMG

    KPMG

    (Senior) Associate Advisory

    Jan 2008 - Mar 2013

    Started my post-grad career as an external auditor (CPA) then credit risk consultant during the great financial crisis.

    • Community bank M&A due diligence
    • ALLL methodology enhancement
    • Capital planning and stress testing
    • Project management on a variety of banking engagements (policies & procedures enhancement, systems implementation/integration, data integrity assessment)

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