About Us

We Refuse to Accept the Status Quo

We’ve been in the early-stage startup GTM trenches for decades and have felt the very real effects of mediocre recruiting ourselves. We've also seen the magic that can happen when it's done well! So we’ve made it our life’s work to fix the broken bits and pieces for good.

Finding the right executive sales or CS leader who will move the needle for your startup requires a lot more than a network, stack of resumes, and a few crossed fingers. So why does it often feel like that’s all you’re getting when you work with a recruiter?

That’s why we do what we do.

That’s where we’re different.


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It Takes One to Know One

We’ve built sales and CS teams for startups, led teams, worked as individual contributors, and sold 100’s of millions over the last 2+ decades. Very few executive search firms have the depth and breadth of early-stage GTM SaaS startup experience we do (see our bios below)!

So whether you know what a successful candidate looks like for your role or not, we’ve got your back. We don't pawn you off to a junior associate, hoping for the best. We're involved in every search together to curate the best leaders for the job while delivering an excellent experience, saving you time.

Our experience has shown us there is nothing more important to the success of your startup than hiring the right leader the first time around.

We're your partners in making that happen!

Working with ATP has been a really refreshing experience compared to others in the recruiting world. Most importantly, they deliver the result we’re after – talented salespeople joining us on our mission.

Zac Lowder, SVP Sales & Member Experience, Inspire

Meet The Team

We're your partner in creating authentic, long-term relationships that are an extension of your team. Nothing you do is more important than finding and hiring the right executive sales and CS leaders for the long haul... at your startup stage. We work tirelessly to help you do just that. Let our process, tools, and deep understanding of hiring, SaaS, startups, GTM, and leadership work for you to defy the turnover odds.

Amy Volas

Founder & CEO

I'm a sales fanatic turned entrepreneur, bitten by the startup bug many moons ago. I founded Avenue Talent Partners (ATP) after $100MM in revenue sold and two successful exits to help early-stage startups make confident hiring decisions by improving the art and science of executive sales and customer success hiring... without the cringe. I'm an LP at Stage 2 Capital, advise a handful of founders, and I'm writing a book about the most commong pitfalls for early-stage startups. Off-duty, I combine my love of nature with a quirky fascination for Windex.

Taryn Lanaghan

Partner & Head Of Recruiting

I’ve been in sales and CS for 20+ years (including 10 years in HR Tech) and nothing during that time has become more apparent than how important the recruiting process is to the success of startups. I’m thrilled to bring my experience in startup sales and client success to ATP to recruit the best and brightest executive leaders for the remarkable startups I'm honored to work with.

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Our mission is to leave the community better than we found it.

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Our blog is a treasure trove full of the perspectives and philosophies that have helped us succeed in sales and recruiting for over 20 years.

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