Our Team

We are the best recruitment team!

We are a highly professional team of recruiters dedicated to providing you the best service possible.

Ed Takacs | Founder and CEO

Edward Takacs founded High Tech Ventures in 1986. During his 25+ years spent placing high-level executives into early-stage start-ups, Ed developed a profound domain knowledge of how to broker people, companies and ideas; how people make critical decisions; and how successful companies and careers are formed.

Takacs was a seed investor in Dropbox. Other investments include: Veracode (CA), Sqrrl (Amazon) Bit9/Carbon Black, Bladelogic (BMC), DynamicOps (VMware), and Cloudhealth (VMware) - just to mention a few.

Ed started his career at Intel, where he was a top sales performer. He holds an MBA from the Univ. of Chicago, a BS in EE from Univ. of Santa Clara, and a BA in economics from the Univ. of the Pacific.

Phone: 617.520.2133, 617-645-2903 (C) Email: et@htventures.com

Giuliana Berchicci | Vice President of Strategy

Giuliana's experience includes executive search and consulting with High Tech Ventures; strategy consulting with Bain and Co.; and Investment Banking with Lehman Brothers in London and Milan. She holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan - Italy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Phone: 617.520.0903 Email: gb@htventures.com

Jim Clifford | Director of Software

As Director of Software, Jim drives the development of HTV's technology. He brings to HTV a wealth of application design, rapid prototyping and custom application development experience.

The foundation of Jim's application and database experience was laid in startup environments at Platinum Software, Powersoft and PeopleStream Software. He then served as a consultant, delivering instruction and custom applications to clients including Boston Univ., WPI, Cigna, Sun Life of Canada, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from the Univ. of Massachusetts, an MBA from Bentley College and is a veteran of the USAF.

Phone: 617.520.2146 Email: jim@htventures.com

Kurt Walter | Associate

Kurt joined HTV in 2008. Prior to joining HTV, Kurt received his JD from the New England School of Law, with concentrations in emerging technology and computer law. He also holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Political Science, History and Latin American studies, graduating with honors.

His focus is on engineering positions at software development and communications start-ups. Kurt also manages the QA and Infrastructure practice at HTV.

Phone: 617.520.0903, 617.599.4375 (C) Email: kurt@htventures.com


Our clients love us.

We have helped many startups over the years. Our clients love us. Just read what some of them have to say about us.

What they say about us.


HTV knows where to find and vet top talent. Whether you are building an entire team or need to fill a critical slot, they are the ones to turn to first.

-Chris Brookins, Acquia


have had the pleasure of working with Ed and HTV for a number of years. Their unique approach produces stellar candidates at the speed that early stage companies require.

- James Mobley, Neohapsis


I have worked with Ed and his associates for over 12 years on 4 different startups. There is no firm better than Ed and the High Tech Ventures team to source a highly skilled founding engineering team — and I mean no one. They invest the time to meet with the technical founders to understand what the critical technical needs and experience levels are needed to succeed. The most important factor to consider is that Ed has a track record of success in sourcing engineers for the hottest new startups in New England. They can smell the difference between a real startup engineer and someone who just says they are a startup person. Ed has his hooks into the best and the brightest and helps you close the best.

- John Thibault


Ed isn't just a recruiter. Ed is a knowledgeable resource and a trusted partner. Talent aggregation is a war. Go to battle with Ed on your side.

- Jeff Fagnan, Atlas Venture


Ed is a machine. They've placed a huge number of great people into our portfolio over the past 6 years and are a terrific business partner.

- Maria Cirino, .406 Ventures


Ed and HTV have been pivotal to the launch and growth of our business over the past three years. Ed has placed several critical technologists, engineers, and managers across our business – and has done an exceptional job at understanding our needs and moving very quickly.

- Michael Weintraub, Humedica


High Tech Ventures has the highest success rate of any recruiting firm we have used. The candidates we get are well screened and match not just on technical capabilities, but are a good fit for our corporate culture as well. High Tech Ventures looks at the whole picture before they send us candidates.

- Rob May, Backupify


Unlike most recruiters, HTV is knowledgeable and comfortable with the volatile, geeky experience of the tech company startup years. HTV doesn't go thru the motions for a fee; they collaborate on team conceptualization and formation.

- Steven Kane