On challenging searches in Silicon Valley and worldwide


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 is a new firm, launched at the end of 2015, that delivers on challenging searches in Silicon Valley and worldwide. Our individual and collective experience is built on a foundation of retained assignments in 27 countries, 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 placements include:

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

Sector Expertise

  • Consumer Web
  • Mobile Products
  • Ecommerce
  • SaaS / PaaS
  • Payments
  • Big Data
  • Analytics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Nextgen Automotive
  • Bioinformatics
  • Life Sciences & Pharma
  • Sharing Economy
  • Media Technology
  • Advertising Technology
  • Entertainment

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)