Riviera Partners Acquires Administrative Search Firm, California People Search

Startups face a variety of challenges in their early stages of growth – it comes with the territory. Chasing milestones is part of the job and it’s usually an all uphill battle. More often than not, this leaves little time for securing the talent needed to scale. That’s where we come in.

Riviera built its name around helping companies secure A-level technical talent. We have a passion for this aspect of search, but we realize that there are additional pieces to solving the startup puzzle. While the need for tech talent is never ending, at some point, new facets of a growing organization need to be addressed. In response to this challenge, Riviera Partners has proudly enhanced the breadth of our business by introducing high-level Administrative and Human Resources search to our scope of services through the acquisition of California People Search, a boutique search firm specializing in just this.

California People Search was founded by Riviera team member, Becki Clague, and has been in operation since 1996. Becki brings over 25 years of experience serving the employment needs of Bay Area businesses. Her recruiting firm specializes in Retained and Contingency searches for high-level administrative and operational roles. Riviera’s recent acquisition of her firm brought Becki to the team, where her partnership plays a valuable role in helping us to provide our clientele with an all-inclusive search offering.

Through this acquisition, Rivera is one step closer to attaining its goal of building a world class “one-stop-shop” search firm where companies can fulfill each facet of their talent needs. Even though we don’t’ see the technical search demand letting up anytime soon, we are always challenging ourselves to add more services to lighten the load of our clients. It’s a tall order, but we’ve got the right group for the job.

2011 Engineering Salaries In Silicon Valley

Riviera Partners recently compiled salary data for our 80+ engineering and software developer placements from 2011. We summarized our findings in the graphic below, and the data speaks to the boom that is currently taking place in Silicon Valley.

We looked at several different categories including:

1. Average salary of an engineer in comparison to a startup's current company funding stage

2. Average salary of an engineer in comparison to their years of engineering experience

3. Average salary of an engineer in comparison to where they received their degree

4. Average salary increase of an engineer after joining a startup


Why Would You Leave Florence During the Renaissance?

Posted by: Nelson Smith

I’ve been a headhunter for almost 13 years and have experienced an entire economic cycle come full circle - from the boom of the late-1990’s, the bust times marked by the post-bubble era (2001-2003), the financial crisis (2008-2009) and now closing the loop and returning to the prosperity and growth that we are witnessing today.

Historically, tectonic shifts in technology occur approximately every 12-15 years. Think back to the introduction of the PC in the early 1980’s led by Microsoft, the Internet revolution of the mid-1990’s (led by companies like Netscape and Google) and then the following devastation of the dot-com meltdown. Fast forward to 2011 with the convergence of content, community and commerce leading the current wave of innovation.  As history would suggest, I have not seen activity in the Valley this vibrant and robust since 1999.  To coin a phrase routinely spoken by one of my colleagues, “Why would you leave Florence during the Renaissance?”

Obviously, social media is leading the parade all the way up the San Francisco Peninsula and onto Wall Street, as evidenced by LinkedIn’s wildly successful IPO. Following suit, Groupon is currently pending and Zynga, Twitter and Facebook (at a whopping $100B valuation), are all waiting in the wings. Swirling around these behemoths are byproducts consisting of new peripheral technologies and startups, filling in a multitude of supplemental white spaces (such as hyper-targeted analytics, next-generation data center products, etc.)… net-net, innovation is breeding innovation and fueling new growth.

So what does all this mean to our community?

Remember, timing is everything… Carpe Diem! Let’s all stay in the moment and savor this Renaissance period here in the Bay Area, (aka Firenze during the 15th century)... Bellissimo!