Connecting Top Startups with Top Engineers

Data-Driven Recruiting for building diverse engineering teams

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We placed dozens of Software Engineers at VC-Backed Startups

We make it easy for you to build a diverse engineering team

Who We Are

Upward is a boutique recruitment agency based in Silicon Valley and specializing in Software Engineering roles in San Francisco, New York, and remote in the US.

The majority of our clients are Pre-Seed to Series A startups that have recently raised funding from top-tier investors and are looking to hire their first few founding Engineers.

Upward is founded and led by Mariane Bekker, a software engineer leader with over a decade of experience building and scaling engineering teams at top companies including New Relic, Mindbody, Rocksbox and Tagged.

How We Work

  1. Intake Call
    We'll dive deep into your open roles and build your ideal candidate profile.

  2. Finding the best candidates
    Our highly skilled technical sourcers build a list of high-quality engineers that meet your hiring criteria.

  3. Outreach Campaigns
    We send different outreach campaigns and use data to identify a highly effective one.

  4. Introduction
    We introduce you to the right engineer and accompany you throughout the entirety of your recruitment process.

Roles We Focus On

Data & ML
Data Scientist
Data Engineer
Machine Learning
Computer Vision
Software Engineers
Engineering Managers
Product Manager
Product Designer
UI/UX Designer

Our Services

We work on a contingency basis, There is no upfront fee to have us recruit for your roles. We charge 20% of the placed candidate's first year cash compensation
We offer custom services to help you meet your hiring goals:
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Custom outreach campaigns to candidates meeting the hiring criteria
Custom outreach campaigns to underrepresented engineers
Custom strategies for sourcing, vetting and closing candidates
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Building the ideal candidate profile per open role
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D&I Consultation on reducing unconscious bias in your interview process
We offer custom services to help you meet your hiring goals
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Building the Ideal Candidate Profile Per Role​
Custom Strategies for Sourcing, Vetting and Closing Candidates
Custom Outreach campaigns to candidate meeting the hiring criteria
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Outreach campaigns to underrepresented minorities
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D&I Consultation on decreasing unconscious bias in the interview process
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Diversity Matters

The business case for diversity and inclusion (D&I) is stronger than ever. Data shows that companies with a diverse workforce have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.

Over 70% of all candidates placed by Upward are women engineers and engineers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Let us help your company develop and execute your diversity strategy to stay competitive in today's landscape!

Top Reviews

Check reviews to discover what clients have to say about our capabilities and results

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I had a great experience working with Updward in sourcing the perfect engineering talent for our team. Mariane helped to scope the role getting to the core of who we wanted and who would be the right fit. She also offered expertise on our interviewing process and created a very compelling executive summary for candidates. We were amazed to find a candidate in less then 2 weeks who had a great culture fit and the skills we were looking for in this hire. I highly recommend Upward for your search!

Kim Schreiber
CEO, NeuroNav
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Upward helped us build our founding engineering team quickly. Mariane’s SE background helped her engage talent in engineer-to-engineer conversations. That makes all the difference, especially in competitive market conditions and for hard-to-fill roles.

Johann Scheller Smith
CEO, Crystal
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Mariane, founder of Upward, builds strong relationships with both companies and engineers of all levels and backgrounds, understanding what the company needs both with respect to the tech and to questions of culture fit in order to build a team. Her experience both as an engineer and in engineering leadership roles is key in making these connections happen!

Sepp Hammer
Software Engineer
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