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Brian Samson, SPHR

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Head of Recruiting - Technology, Lending Club & Advisor to three recruiting product startups.

Head of Recruiting - Technology, Lending Club & Advisor to three recruiting product startups.

4 vouches

Involved In


HR for Startups


candidate metrics
Crowden Music Center


Head of Talent Sosh August 2014 - present
Advisor/Advisory Board Member HR for Startups June 2012 - present
Head of Technical Recruiting Lending Club 2013 - 2014
Board Member Crowden Music Center September 2011 - 2014
Founder & CEO HR for Startups 2010 - 2013
Sr. UX Design Sourcer/Recruiter Google March 2011 - October 2011
HR Strategy Consultant (Pro-Bono) Taproot Foundation November 2010 - August 2011
Lead/Sr. Technical Recruiter (Orange County & LA) Ledgent March 2009 - August 2010
Volunteer Big Brother Big Brothers Big Sisters of America April 2008 - August 2010
Sr. Technical Recruiter ConsultNet January 2008 - March 2009
Head of Recruiting (Recruiting Manager for Chicago & Boston) Randstad Technologies US March 2004 - December 2007
HR intern Scholle Corporation 2003 - 2003
HR intern MB Financial Bank 2002 - 2002


National University of Singapore 2015 - 2016
University of California, Los Angeles 2015 - 2016
SPHR course 2011 - 2011
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Human Resources/General Management 2003

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Built my own company - HR for Startups into a profitable consulting company providing HR and Talent strategy to early stage San Francisco startups.

Led Technical Recruiting for LendingClub, growing from a little know startup with 20 people in tech to 80 engineers. Built employment brand, interview process, systems, incorporated data, etc...

UI/UX Recruiter at Google, beat quota

Advisor to multiple recruiting product firms, helping with product design, user experience, pricing, and sales.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

monthly or bi-weekly regular meetings are fine, also happy to be on-call SME. My role is to help you get the info and perspective you need to build your product.

As an Advisor

I like to ask questions and share my past experiences and other products you might think are worth exploring. I'm also interested in helping with sales and introductions.

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Jason Webster
They're my advisor: ongig  •  Co-Founder, Ongig. Previously Director of Business Operations, TEKsystems.
Brian is extremely well versed in HR and Talent Management. He is also a balanced voice when it comes to the platform we have been building. ... On one hand, he is an enthusiastic supporter spreading the word about the business we are building. On the other hand, he provides direct feedback that may be tough to deliver but is necessary to grow the business. All the while, our interactions are made easy by Brian's friendly and business-like demeanor. He's become a trusted friend and business partner that provides great value to our business.
Alan Chan, Pharm.D.
They're my advisor: other  •  Rheumatology & Oncology Pharmacist, CVS Caremark Corporation / CVS Caremark Speciality Pharmacy. Stanford grad.
Brian is a seasoned HR & Talent leader and thinker. His creativity, in-depth knowledge and resourceful network is of special value. Highly r ... ecommend him as advisor for any early stage HR or Recruiting product startup.
David Silver
They're my advisor: candidate metrics  •  Running Development Consultant, runcoach and CEO, Candidate Metrics. Stanford GSB grad. Princeton grad.
Brian has really opened our eyes to the value that advisors can provide to Candidate Metrics. Brian himself has been a tremendous resource, ... particularly on three fronts: experience, networking, and skills. His depth of experience comes from the number of companies that Brian has helped to build, both as an employee and as an advisor. He has given him incredible industry knowledge that has shaped how we do business at Candidate Metrics. The network of recruiting and human resources professionals Brian has built is the result of years working across the industry, and he has access to almost anyone in the field. Brian is firmly in the camp of human resources managers who believe that technology can build a sustainable competitive advantage in recruiting organizations. His skills across a number of different areas - sourcing, ATS management, and outsourcing, are impressive and have inspired us.
Michael Doran
Startup recruiting growth expert. Currently @Celigo.. Previously Global Recruiting Mgr @Nexmo, Contract Recruiter @ Google.
Brian is a great recruiter, and a generally down to earth person. I enjoy meeting with him and talking about technology. I recommend anyone ... working with him