Our Team

We are the best recruitment team!

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

Josh Place | CEO

Josh got into recruiting after playing professional hockey.  Ed and Josh found each other while making placements for a mutual startup client. Under the close tutelage of High Tech Ventures founder, Ed Takacs, Josh became HTV’s all-time top performer.

Josh succeeded Ed as HTV’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2020.

High Tech Ventures was a seed investor in Dropbox.  Other investments include: Veracode (CA), Sqrrl (Amazon), bit9/carbon black (Vmware), Bladelogic (BMC), NuoDB (Vmware), Diffeo (Salesforce), Endeca (Oracle) – just to name a few.

Email: josh@htventures.com

Ed Takacs | Founder

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.

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.


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