Matt Birnbaum

Talent Partner
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att and his team partner closely with Pear’s founders, ensuring they have access and the support needed to recruit the right talent for their companies.

A Bay Area native, Matt spent the first few years of his professional career working at a small financial services firm before finding his way into tech in 2010, where he grew Wildfire (acquired by Google in 2012) from 15 to 400 employees. From there, Matt went on to found UpStart Talent, a boutique recruiting consultancy that specialized in working with high growth start-ups like Stripe, Thumbtack, Asana, and Plaid. In 2018, Matt joined Instacart as the Head of Talent Acquisition, where he helped expand the company from 300 to 3000 employees before joining Pear as Partner in 2022. Matt is also on the Board and serves as Alumni Chair for the College Preparatory School in Oakland.

Matt and his wife Katie welcomed Dougie, their first child, into the family in November of 2021. The three of them live in San Francisco along with their cat Skurvy. In their free time, they enjoy exploring the City and hiking their favorite trails in the North Bay.

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