Seattle-Based Startup Studio Stripes39 Retains Millennium Search

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With several new ventures currently underway, Stripes39 has retained executive search firm Millennium Search to aid in filling key roles.

We chose Millennium Search because, unlike many other recruiting partners we evaluated, they just get it.

Stripes39, an internet based startup focused on creating and funding world class digital consumer experiences and supporting companies, is jump-starting its talent acquisition efforts to accommodate recent growth and expansion. With their core business yielding substantial success, the company is turning its focus towards several new ventures. In an effort to aid in the discovery and selection of talent and accelerate their hiring efforts, Stripes39 has retained Millennium Search, an executive search firm specializing in the placement of top performers throughout the world of startups and technology companies. With a broad network of VC relationships, extensive talent pools and a veteran team, Millennium Search’s resources give Stripes39 an advantage in the hiring of their core contributors.

Stripes39 is part of a new breed of ‘startup studios’, such as Betaworks and Science Inc, that build, acquire, and invest where they believe their core competencies afford them a unique advantage. For Stripes39, that core competency is ‘growth hacking’. With the explosion of the company’s Education Labs venture, Stripes39 is pushing for further expansion in 2014. Emerging ventures from the company include, an exciting new digital consumer product & media company built around Stripes39’s content marketing expertise, and, a previously-launched project in women’s fashion that saw explosive viral growth. As part of its portfolio of services & tools companies, Stripes39 is excited to spin out, its internal business process offshoring center, into a standalone endeavor.

“Since 2005 our entrepreneurial spirit has led us to found and invest in companies with the goal of making an impact on the world around us,” says Salil Jain, CEO of Stripes39. “Along the way, we have learned a great deal from our successes, though perhaps even more from our failures. We have developed a core competency in growth hacking, as well as a series of supporting competencies that we bring to each of our startup ventures, alongside our capital.”

With several projects in the pipeline, Stripes39 turned to Charlotte-based Millennium Search to aid in their hiring efforts. As a boutique recruiting firm entrenched in the global startup community, with expertise in defining appropriate talent for technology-focused companies, Millennium Search was retained to expand recruiting capabilities for several key positions. Recruiting efforts will be led by Senior Executive Recruiters Mark Cergol and Kyle Misiak.

"It has been exciting to learn about Stripes39 and their plans for growth,” says Cergol. With a long history of success working for startups in the technology space, Cergol brings a deep understanding of rapidly growing technology companies, their needs and how they operate. His background at startups and his track record recruiting for them is what made him the right choice for the account. “They are searching for a very specific breed of talent, which is our specialty.”

"Stripes39 has brilliant leadership and a great model,” says Misiak. With over 18 years in the recruiting industry, Misiak has seen success both in recruiting and management, working for some of the top brands in the country. “Their commitment to getting the right people along side the time and resources that they dedicate towards their search makes them a great client to work with. I’m looking forward to our partnership.”

“We chose Millennium Search because, unlike many other recruiting partners we evaluated, they just get it,” says Jain of the Stripes39 partnership with Millennium Search. “We’ve found that, in the past, the biggest barrier to success has been recruiters not truly understanding what we do or who we are. Because Amish invests in startups, because the team works largely with startups, because people on the team come from startups and, most importantly, because they operate like a bleeding edge startup themselves, they truly understand us and thus, what we are looking for.”

With Stripes39’s hiring efforts underway, their partnership with Millennium Search helps to solidify their acquisition strategy, yield results quickly and continue growth in their new initiatives. Interviews are already underway, with hiring targeted to start prior to year-end.

“While we hunger for the destination, we also have learned to enjoy the journey,” says Jain. “For us, this is an opportunity to wake up every day, solve challenging problems and work on awesome things with awesome people.”

About Millennium
Millennium Search is a boutique executive search firm partnering with emerging startups and high growth technology companies to secure top talent and rapidly scale business and technology teams. With a dedication towards the ethical, rapid and successful placement of top talent, it is their mission to provide mutually beneficial partnerships between both clients and candidates across the high tech sector. Founded in 2003, Millennium Search partners with startups and companies in the Bay Area, New York, Boston, Seattle and other technology hubs across the country. To learn more about Millennium Search, visit

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