Welcoming Matt Birnbaum as our Talent Partner

January 1, 2022



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We’re thrilled to share that Matt Birnbaum recently joined the Pear ranks as our Talent Partner. He’ll spend his time at Pear working closely with founders to help them make their earliest and most critical hires. Matt has an unmatched passion and expertise when it comes to growth and hiring, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. 

We know that entrepreneurs need more than capital to get their businesses off the ground. To take a company from zero to one, hiring the right people is critical. By bringing on Matt, Pear is making a commitment to help our early-stage portfolio companies make their most influential hires. For seed stage companies, onboarding the first hire is a crucial, make-or-break moment. 

At Pear, we pride ourselves on being incredibly hands-on with our founders. Our team has a proven process to help companies with product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, and fundraising. Now with the addition of Matt, we’re able to help our founders make massive strides in hiring too. And this is just the beginning: Matt is building out a larger recruiting team within Pear to provide crucial support to startups on their journeys. 

Few people are as experienced in tech recruiting as Matt. He joins us from Instacart, where he was the Head of Talent Acquisition for the last four years and scaled the company from 300 to 3,000 employees. Prior to that, Matt ran his own Recruiting firm, Upstart Talent, where he consulted and partnered with over 25 fast-growing startups including Stripe, Thumbtack, Plaid, and Benchling. He also led recruiting for Wildfire Interactive, where he grew the company to 500 employees before it was acquired by Google in 2012. Learn more about Matt’s full bio on our website. 

Matt lives in San Francisco with his wife Katie, son Dougie, and cat Skurvy. You can find him on Twitter (@birnbing) and on LinkedIn. If you’re interested in joining Matt’s team, please email him at matt@pear.vc.