Venture Capitalist Relations & Recommendations

Our past clients are portfolio companies of the following VCs:

"I have partnered with ESI on multiple mission-critical searches across several of my most-promising portfolio companies. This has resulted in the successful hiring of several high-quality candidates who went on to have significant and tangible impact at my portfolio companies.

I unreservedly recommend ESI’s comprehensive research, situationally-aware and diligent recruiting efforts. Aaron and his team are my and my portfolio companies’ GO-TO search firm for our most important executive recruiting needs."

--Wen Hsieh, Partner, Kleiner Perkins

"Aaron and his team at Essential Solutions are the best retained executive search firm that I've worked with. We had a few tough searches in the last couple of years and they have consistently exceeded my expectations with top quality candidates. I like their process. They helped me to build a world-class management team, including new board members, that were instrumental in our recent Nasdaq listing."

--Ben Lee, CEO, Movella

"Aaron and his team have a unique combination of deep technical knowledge, a broad Rolodex and a keen sense of understanding leadership requirements of a fast growing start-up. At a recent CEO search, Aaron did an outstanding job getting top notch talent excited about the opportunity and worked extremely well with the board of directors advising them on the search process."

--Shankar Chandran, Managing Director and Head of Samsung Catalyst Fund

“I’ve been working with Essential Solutions for over a dozen years and they have consistently performed for me, especially when extensive research is required. Aaron has never failed me.”

-- Matt Howard, Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

“Aaron and his team at Essential Solutions are among the very best of the executive search firms who work with startups. They spend the much needed time and effort to understand a startup's business and culture and work with the founders to find the right talent for their companies. They have helped several of our portfolio companies build their management teams. Strongly recommended! "

-- Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Nexus Venture Partners

“Aaron and his team at Essential Solutions have been great partners over the years. I have had the pleasure of working with Aaron on a number of searches and am always impressed with his rolodex, ability to match requirements to qualified candidates, and his focus on finding the right fit that makes for a successful hire. Aaron is truly a partner that you can rely on.”

-- Jeff Karras, Managing Director, Singtel Innov8 Ventures

“Aaron and his team have consistently done an excellent job finding very strong candidates on a tight time frame. We’ve worked with them on several searches recently and they continue to provide a great solution for executive hiring.”

-- Fred Wang, General Partner, Trinity Ventures

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center
Norwest Venture Partners
Sequoia Capital
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Kleiner Perkins
Accel Partners
Khosla Ventures
Nexus Venture Partners
Foundation Capital
Storm Ventures
August Capital
DCM Ventures
Artiman Ventures
Clear Ventures
Granite Ventures
Hummer Winblad
Intel Capital
Interwest Partners
Investor Growth Capital
IPV Capital
Matrix Partners
Menlo Ventures
Meritech Capital Partners
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Nautilus Venture Partners
Opus Capital
Partech Ventures
Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Sapphire Ventures
Singtel Innov8
Softbank Ventures Korea
Tallwood Venture Capital
Thoma Bravo
Trinity Ventures
Tsing Capital