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Morell, Michael A.

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Michael A. Morell has over 14 years of experience in recruiting, technology sales and management, and has long been passionate about building teams. He focuses exclusively on recruiting VP and C Level Talent in the area of Engineering for Silicon Valley and New York emerging growth companies, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Zappos, Klout, One Kings Lane, Warby Parker, Jobvite, eHarmony, Animoto, Lockerz and AppNexus. Michael is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Riviera Partners - a market leader in providing comprehensive recruiting services for the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and New York. Michael is a former Military Officer and began his civilian career selling for Altera and LSI Logic. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Dina and their son Cesare reside in San Francisco.


Working primarily in the startup and emerging growth arena, Michael and Riviera Partners have played an influential role in successfully helping small companies bring their products and services to life. During the early years of the firm’s existence, Michael focused on providing recruiting services to Bay Area startups during the technology boom. With growing client and investor demand, the firm has extended its recruiting services to growing startups in Los Angeles and New York.

Since 2002, Michael has helped construct the leadership and engineering teams of some of the most successful startup companies around - Twitter, LinkedIn, Zappos, Groupon and many more. He successfully built a recruiting company that focuses on the talent gaps of emerging growth companies. His unique recruiting model and leadership has earned Riviera Partners the privilege to partner with Silicon Valley’s top VC firms and many of the most notable tech companies to arise over the last decade.


Website @RiviMike

Nominated by Ryan Brelje


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