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Brian J. Samson
Founder & CEO

Brian Samson, SPHR is the founder of HR for Startups LLC.

Brian has over 10 years of industry experience from a variety of perspectives:


  • In-House Head of Talent for several technology startups, including exec. team roles

  • HR Consultant and/or advisor to over 25 clients

  • External (Agency) Recruiter and Recruiting Manager for boutique and national firms

  • Advisory board member to 5 different recruiting product startups

  • Non-profit board member to Crowden Music Center

  • Current Executive MBA student of UCLA & National University of Singapore 


Brian's most proud career moments have been:


  • Growing the LendingClub engineering team from 19 to 90 engineers in 14 months, leading to one of the top 10 U.S. technology IPOs of all-time

  • Leading the National Accounts Division of Sapphire Technologies (team of 14 recruiters) to their top 4 most profitable months in division history, including an all-time high that still stands

  • Mentoring and coaching over a dozen engineers and recruiters who are now successfully managing their own teams

  • Successfully passed SPHR certification (senior professional in human resources, the CPA equivelant for HR professionals, with a sub 50% pass rate)

  • Maintaining a closing rate of over 88% of engineers in competitive San Francisco


Brian's most proud personal moments have been:


  • Marrying his wife, Christie in 2014

  • Completing 5 full marathons

  • Serving as a Big Brother in Big Brothers-Big Sisters

  • Being a loyal Cub's fan through thick and thin (mostly thin)

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