Clients & Placements
JJA Venture Search builds strategic relationships with clients who leverage our services deeper into their org chart and longer through their lifecycle. 4 out of 5 clients engage us for multiple searches and we have multiple clients where we've staffed 20+ positions.
Chief Operating Officer
Formerly known as DanceOn, Izo is a programming brand that reflects and creates pop culture moments through discovery and original music entertainment for today's connected generation. JJA placed a former Chief of Strategy & Operations from Epoxy into this role.
Sr. Sales Director
Tuition.io is an American company that enables other companies to provide employer-paid student loan contributions as an employee benefit. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
Tuition.io was founded by Brendon McQueen (Founder/CEO) and Steve Pomerantz (Co-Founder/President) in 2012. An alum of the Launchpad LA startup accelerator, the company launched into public beta in January 2013. Tuition.io's customers include Fidelity Investments and Chegg. More than 5,000 Fidelity employees, or about 11 percent of its workforce, signed up in the first three months of the program. JJA placed a former Sr. Enterprise Account Executive from SAP & former District Manager from ADP into this role.
Chief Information Officer
ReachLocal was the first company created specifically to help local businesses solve the unique challenges within online marketing. They help local businesses seamlessly convert leads into customers and gain a deeper understanding of their online marketing ROI. JJA placed a former Chief Technology Officer from Spark Networks into this role.
Chief Technology Officer
Collide's innovative platform brings fans and followers behind closed doors. It is the only live streaming platform for world’s most interesting people in every field from celebrities to social media stars, chefs to politicians, and educators to motivational speakers to publicize themselves where they control the content and monetization. JJA placed a former VP of Technology from Machinima into this role.
Chief Operating Officer
MFour has capitalized on the massive shift to mobile, building an incredibly effective and loyal panel of consumers that tops 1 million active respondents – the nation’s largest all-mobile panel. Its native mobile app taps the advanced technologies in today’s mobile devices, producing the industry’s deepest insights, most accurate data and reaching hard-to-find groups. JJA Placed the former Chief Technology Officer from YP into this role.
Director Email Marketing
Viking Cruises was founded by Chairman Torstein Hagen in 1997 with the purchase of four ships. In 2000, the company purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises in order to grow its fleet, to leverage 40 years of river cruising experience and to acquire rights to prime docking locations in key European cities. JJA placed a former Sr. Director, Digital Marketing from Land’s End into this role.
Chief Technology Officer
Tillster is the leader in customer engagement programs and self-service ordering for the QSR and casual dining industries. They provide multi-channel, market-specific digital solutions for ordering, payment, loyalty and lifecycle management across all platforms. JJA placed a former Chief Technology Architect/Head of Compute Platforms from Visa into this role.
Sr. Netsuite Analyst
Oblong’s technology transforms the way people work, create, and collaborate. The era of one human, one mouse, one screen, one machine is giving way to what's next: multiple participants, working in proximity and remotely, using a groundbreaking spatial interface to control applications and data spread across every displays. JJA placed a former Project Manager, Information Technology from Genewiz into this role.
Vice President Sales
Social Standard is the industry leader in customer acquisition and engagement. Social Standard uses data-driven methods to develop experiences that intrigue the public and keep them connected. Social Standards influence on profitability lasts. JJA placed a former Sr. Vice President from Channel Factory into this role.
Chief Financial Officer
MFour is leading the $17B market research (MR) industry’s tectonic shift to mobile. The 14-year-old firm went all-mobile in 2012 and now has the highest rated, mobile-only app and panel in the entire MR industry. Its native mobile app taps the advanced technologies in today’s mobile devices, producing the industry’s deepest insights, most accurate data and reaching hard-to-find groups. Company clients include brands and market research firms, as well as data providers. JJA placed a former EVP Corporate Development & Operations from TeleSign into this role.
VP Data Science
Centerfield develops Big Data driven marketing and sales technology utilizing real time biddable media (RTB), automated call routing and customized scripting. Our proprietary platform, Dugout, combined with our 1,500 person sales and retention center delivers new customers at scale to many of the leading brands worldwide. JJA placed a former Head of Data Science from Farmer Insurance Group into this role.
Vice President Sales
8i is building a consumer media platform that lets users create, experience and share the most immersive 3D video of real people, for VR/AR and the web. JJA placed a former VP Ad Sales from Shazam into this role.
MediaTemple is the go-to solution, providing top creative web shops, enterprises, and content creators with premium web hosting services. JJA placed a former Chief Marketing Officer from Zynx Health into this role.
Chief Executive Officer
RelationUp has created a disruptive and transformative new approach to therapy for a new generation of individuals who rely on their mobile devices for just about everything, and often expect and need immediate help. The company provides 24/7, on-demand access to professional help that is all mobile and all text based, entirely on demand and anonymous. JJA placed a former Co-Founder, CEO from Savings.com into this role.
NeuroGym is a rapidly growing and successful personal development company for individuals and businesses, which uses the latest evidence-based neuroscience and neuropsychology techniques to help people retrain their brains so that they do more of what is possible to achieve a predictable and lasting transformation in their lives. JJA placed a former VP Digital Marketing, Social Media, and CRM from Mastercard into this role.
Vice President Marketing
OpenSesame is the worlds largest source for e-learning platform for employee training. Based in Portland, the company has created a crowd-sourced marketplace, which is disrupting the highly fragmented $4.5B market for e-learning content.
Sr. Technical Product Manager
Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the pre-eminent sport & entertainment property in skateboarding. Founded by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in 2010, Street League Skateboarding was created to foster growth, popularity, and acceptance of street skateboarding worldwide. Since then, SLS has evolved to become a platform that serves to excite the skateboarding community, educate both the avid and casual fans, and empower communities through its very own SLS Foundation.
"We have trusted JJ&A with the majority of the most senior executive searches that we have conducted while rapidly scaling our business. Their process gets the job done - in every search we have followed the straightest line to the best candidates. We also hear over and over again from candidates that JJ&A has represented us so positively and knowledgeably that their associates seem like Velocify employees. It's this cross-company team collaboration that really differentiates JJ&A in the marketplace."
“JJA Venture Search helped us build our Employer Brand. The Client Dossier they crafted became an important narrative for our hires. It helped us tell our company story and polished it over time. With JJA’s help we were guided through a fast, transparent and efficient process, and arrive at the right result.”
“When the position is critical and I need someone great, I call JJA Venture Search.”
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jim and his team on multiple searches from CEO to Sales and Marketing. I consider myself a tough customer -- especially as it related to hiring senior management in our portfolio. I feel at times that JJ&A are even tougher than I when it comes to screening and qualifying candidates. I never feel like I am being sold, but rather that we are on the same side of the table. They run a very consistent process and the results are excellent. I give them my highest recommendation."
"I wasn't looking for a job when I was approached by Jim and his team. I was in a public company doing extremely well. He challenged me and stayed after me. He convinced me to go on the interview and for the month that followed, we talked just about every day. I had a lot of reservations, but he helped to instill confidence and trust. At some level I was leaning on his experience and judgment as I approached a very important career transition. He didn't let me down."
"All recruiters tout similar advantages and it can be difficult to separate claims from reality. But for me, search professionals prove their worth when a talent search forces them outside their database and network. That’s when you see the true quality of their ability to represent a client, to work to a specific objective, with the easy dip into their database gone. The real value of a recruiter is revealed when the best talent is out of easy reach and favors count for nothing. A Jim Jonassen search maintains candidate quality irrespective of where talent must be found."
"I have had some bad experiences with recruiters and broken searches in the past. We engaged Jim and his team and they quickly delivered exactly what we were looking for. They took direction and course-corrected when we pushed, and they pushed back when expectations were unrealistic. The results exceeded our expectations and I really enjoyed the process. They have my unconditional endorsement."
“Jim is a driven sales guy and he knows great sales talent. We had our backs to the wall and they delivered for us-- fast . I met five candidates and I wanted to hire three of them. We got the best guy, and he is doing great. Beyond filling the search, Jim opened up his Rolodex and helped us with partners, customers and advisors -- amazing. JJ&A is a true "partner" not a vendor only."
"Jim and his team cover the Venture Capital market across California exclusively and have for years. He is or has been an investor, a founder, a CEO and has also spent a long time in search. For us at Clearstone he is a well connected and go to search guy for CEO's and key sales and marketing executives. I strongly recommend JJ&A Venture Search without reservation."
"Jim is simply world-class. His entrepreneurial background, his south side of Chicago roots, his ability, unquestioned integrity, incredible network, and aggressive drive is a killer combination. I look forward to working with Jim and his team for years to come."
"These guys have batted 1000 for us delivering senior management talent across sales, marketing and business development for our portfolio companies in Consumer Internet, Mobile and Enterprise Software. I recommend JJ&A without hesitation."