Written By
Marissa Peretz


Silicon Beach Talent Launches Advisory Program

A pro-bono program designed to help startups approach hiring strategically to meet their market and fundraising goals

SANTA MONICA, CA, September 12, 2017 – Silicon Beach Talent (SBT) announces a new mentorship program to give talent-related advice to portfolio companies of participating accelerators, incubators and venture capital firms. SBT launches the program with six partners: Make in LA, Amplify, Techstars Los Angeles, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Luma Launch and LightSpeed Innovations. SBT is looking to expand the program and is accepting applications from additional Southern Californian accelerators, incubators and national venture capital firms.

This three-phased program delivers one-on-one strategic consulting sessions that focus on building a talent strategy, approaches to hiring, defining culture and determining hiring priorities. The program was developed and is led by SBT founders, Marissa Peretz and Max Brown. Marissa and Max have scaled many teams in their career, most notably, they were recruiting leaders at Tesla and helped take the company from two hundred employees to thousands.

“Companies that prioritize talent and talent strategies earlier on have a higher probability of success,” said Marissa, SBT co-founder. “We developed this program because we want to see more early stage startups go further. We are teaching startups a long-term approach to talent in order to de-risk their investment.”

The program started as a pilot with Make in LA, a startup accelerator, in 2016. Due to the success of the program, SBT expanded it to include additional accelerators and incubators and will include venture capital firms.

“A little good advice early in a company’s formation can go a long way, but unfortunately so can bad advice” said Max. “One of the most common mistakes we see is that many startups take the concept of bootstrapping too far and turn it into a lifestyle. For us, it’s rewarding to help startups avoid those common early mistakes and help coach them for success.”

SBT is a boutique firm specializing in recruitment in the areas of creative, design, hardware engineering and software engineering for Silicon Beach startups. Not only are they experts in recruiting, they are also angel investors and advisors, which brings a different perspective to their strategy on how to build and scale teams from the ground up.

Marissa and Max launched this mentorship program as a pro-bono initiative because they believe in a long-term “pay it forward” approach to fostering the local startup community. Southern California accelerators, incubators and venture capital firms interested in applying to join the program can contact accelerate[at]siliconbeachtalent.com.

Participating Accelerator and Incubator Partners

Make in LA

Make in LA is an early stage accelerator and venture fund building the epicenter of hardware entrepreneurship in Southern California. The accelerator, operated by an experienced team, helps startups avoid costly pitfalls associated with hardware production through a four-month comprehensive concept-to-market program that applies best practices from mentor-driven accelerators, lean startup methodologies, and design for manufacturing principles. 


Amplify is LA’s leading startup accelerator based in Venice Beach. Amplify has helped dozens of founding teams over the last five years raise $400M+ in follow-on funding and reach over a billion dollars in combined enterprise value. Unlike traditional accelerators, Amplify has a flexible curriculum built around each founder — no batches or cohorts, no mandatory schedule or recycled calendar of activities. Amplify provides $100k-$250k in seed funding, access to additional capital from the right investors for each company, free workspace at the Venice campus and extensive hands-on mentorship. 

Techstars Los Angeles

Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars LA accelerator takes a horizontal focus by working with tech startups from around the world that are innovating across a wide range of industries and challenges and seeking to build a deep network across the Los Angeles tech ecosystem.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching, mentoring, and access to a robust network of partnerships and capital. LACI was founded in 2011 as a cluster-driven economic development initiative supported by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles.

LightSpeed Innovations

LightSpeed Innovations is an aerospace start-up factory that works across the spectrum of space and aviation and all technologies in-between. LightSpeed Innovations offers startups access to a large network of experts, mentors, and industry specific investors during an intensive four-month business boot-camp.

Luma Launch

Launch is a uniquely positioned venture fund, backed by Luma, one of the world’s most successful independent creative studios. Their diverse team, along with hundreds of mentors, foster a vibrant tech ecosystem as it intersects with media in Los Angeles. At the core, they are entrepreneurs, creatives and operators with a passion for identifying and nurturing exceptional talent and ideas.


About Silicon Beach Talent (SBT)

Silicon Beach Talent is a boutique recruiting and consulting firm in Los Angeles. SBT was founded by two ex-Tesla recruiting leaders, Marissa Peretz and Max Brown, who helped grow Tesla from approximately 200 employees to 15,000. SBT specializes in design, engineering, and leadership recruiting for emerging tech companies in Southern California and for electric vehicle and cleantech companies nationwide.

For more information, please visit https://siliconbeachtalent.com