Talent + Recruiting
Recruiting and talent management have long been a focus at Battery. Battery’s in-house talent practice is a resource for startups needing to create and develop high-performance organizations, as well as for late-stage companies looking for specific executive talent. Battery’s talent function, led by Kelly Kinnard, can help with talent and recruiting issues at all levels of the organization, from individual contributor all the way to the C-suite.
Specifically, the group selectively executes searches for open VP- or C-level roles at portfolio companies, and also manages a preferred group of retained and contingent search firms to help the portfolio. Battery can also refer executive-level candidates to portfolio companies for open roles; offer advice on employee on-boarding and team-building; and assist with developing compensation plans, among other services.
Kelly joined Battery in 2017 and serves as the firm’s external talent representative, executing senior-level talent searches across the firm’s portfolio. She also recommends and introduces outside recruiting firms to portfolio companies, and provides hands-on advice and best-practices counsel to our companies in areas like recruiting, compensation planning and employee on-boarding.
Prior to Battery, Kelly worked at Oracle, where she led executive recruiting for Thomas Kurian, the president of product development. She also did retained search. For Kelly’s full bio, please click here.
Recent thought leadership from Kelly
- “Gender Balance in Your Tech Startup’s C-Suite Won’t Happen Overnight. Here’s How to Start.”
- “Startups: Don’t Fall Into the Culture-Fit Hiring Trap” (originally published in Forbes)
- “Your Startup Can Compete With Google, Facebook for Top Talent” (originally published in Entrepreneur)
Sept. 12, 2017—Panelist, “Building Great Tech Teams,” San Francisco, sponsored by STRV and General Assembly