Motive is a boutique retained executive search firm dedicated to fearless, honest, and meaningful engagement with our clients and candidates. With a track record of C- and V-level successes throughout Silicon Valley, Europe, and beyond, we build trustworthy and long-lasting relationships that unleash enormous potential and drive success.


Global Experience


Motive understands when a passionate startup is driven to make a difference. We are, after all, one ourselves, having launched at the end of 2015. While Motive is new, our experience is built on a decade of consulting and retained assignments in over two dozen countries to date — in locations from San Francisco to Berlin, from Singapore to São Paulo. We thrive on challenging searches, and have been fortunate enough to serve groundbreaking clients and VC partners such as:


Position Expertise

We specialize in top-tier, executive level placements in technology, product, data science, marketing, design/UI/UX, business development, and corporate management. Prior assignments include:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director
  • General Manager
  • Head of Region
  • Site Leader
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Senior Vice President of Engineering
  • Head of Infrastructure
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Vice President of Product
  • Head of Product Management
  • Chief Data Scientist
  • Vice President of Optimization
  • Head of UI/UX
  • Chief Marketplaces Officer
  • Senior Vice President of Marketing


  • Consumer Web
  • Mobile Products
  • Ecommerce
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Sharing Economy
  • Enterprise Software / SaaS / PaaS
  • Payments / Fintech
  • Big Data Platforms
  • Analytics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Cloud Services
  • Data Infrastructure
  • Advertising Technology
  • Media Technology
  • Game Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Bioinformatics

Who We Are


From our base in the US Pacific Northwest, Motive serves clients in Silicon Valley, Europe, and worldwide.  



When motivations align, real magic happens. Please get in touch.


Brent Hurtig
Managing Partner & Founder
email or +1 (415) 377-1923 (US Pacific)