Motive is a boutique retained executive search firm dedicated to fearless, honest, and meaningful engagement with our clients and candidates. We build trustworthy and long-lasting relationships that unleash enormous potential and drive success.


Our Experience


Motive understands when a passionate startup is driven to make a difference. We are, after all, one ourselves, having launched just at the end of 2015. Our individual and collective experience spans 28 countries to date — and is built on a decade of retained consulting experience for 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
  • Pharma

Who We Are


Based on the US West Coast and in Berlin, Germany, our consultants serve clients in Silicon Valley, Europe, and worldwide.  



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

Partner Contacts


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


Karen Kargar
Partner & Co-Founder
email or +49 174 662 2878 (CET, Berlin)