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Tim Smith

Tim is a Co-Founder of Signal Partners. He brings more than twenty years of experience in successfully recruiting impact leadership for venture capital and private equity-backed companies in the Technology and Consumer Sectors.


Prior to Signal, Tim founded and led Endeavor Search Partners, a well-regarded boutique retained executive search firm. At Endeavor, he partnered with companies such as SmartDrive, Yapstone, Mattel, ID Analytics, Marklogic, RingCentral, POM and others.


Prior to founding Endeavor, Tim was with Riviera Partners in the firm’s formative years, joining the firms two Co-Founders as the first outside Partner. Earlier, he served as Founder and Managing Director of the Venture/Emerging Growth practice for Stanton Chase International, a global retained search firm. Tim began his career as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles. He is a past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of YEO (Young Entrepreneur’s Organization), and served on a board committee of ACG (Association for Corporate Growth).


Tim holds an MBA, with an emphasis in technology and strategy, from the University of California, Irvine. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University.  A third generation L.A. native, he lives in West L.A. with his wife, two kids and two dogs.



Active Talent Management- The Ultimate PE Lever
By Tim Smith

In the past 20 years, the acceleration of private equity as a vehicle to deploy capital has been astounding. In 2000, there were nearly 7,000 US Public Companies and 1,500 US PE -Backed Companies. By 2017, there were 4,300 US Public Companies and over 7,100 US PE -Backed Companies.