Carolyne Connor « Matchstar

"Great matchmaking is as much an art as science, and strong intuition is often the differentiator."

Carolyne Connor


Carolyne founded MatchStar in early February 1999 with partner, Heidi Harrison, whom she has worked with since 1986. She is known as one of the most “connected” resources in the search industry with over 27,000 first level/direct LinkedIn connections, and a personal network of over 60,000 technology executives and institutional investors. Carolyne is trained in behavioral interviewing and is focused on building successful management teams for fast growth tech companies. She refined a unique process for candidate profiling, recruiting, interviewing, and benchmarking that has increased the ROI for executive placement. She is a serial entrepreneur who put herself through college by starting a property management company that grew to dozens of employees.

After winning the Deloitte & Touche “Human Resource Management Award” in 1995, Carolyne decided to sell her company in order to focus on helping others build their companies. From 1995-1998, she was a Manager for Temps & Company where she was instrumental in growing company revenues from $20 to $42 million. She launched the first Job Store in 1997 which was featured in Inc. Magazine within 6 months of opening. During that time period, she helped build teams at companies such as: Microstrategy, LCCI, Teligent, AOL, Booz-Allen, EDS, Discovery Channel, US Airways, ARC, Jones Day, World Bank, Boeing, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Marasco Newton, Friedman Billings Ramsey, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Conservation Fund, March of Dimes, and United Way. In 1998, she decided to launch MatchStar, with the intent of creating a risk-free, high service model for fast growing, venture-backed tech clients.

Carolyne received a B.A. in Business Administration (New and Small Business) from Georgetown University. During that period, she was the undefeated, 1st Place champion in the Women’s Kumite, Eastern Regional Karate Championships for three years in a row. When not spending time with her husband and four children, Carolyne enjoys refurbishing Victorian homes and apartment buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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“I’ve worked with Matchstar for over 3 years, and have turned to Matchstar multiple times for sales, marketing, and technical leadership. Carolyne and Tim go above and beyond what is expected and required for a search, and goes the extra mile to really understand personalities involved, and what personality fit will work and be successful for a given search.  Since personality type and fit is so crucial in a CEO-direct report relationship, this is really the kind of search where Carolyne shines above other recruiters and exec search firms who trade in volume...Carolyne, in contrast, trades in getting the personality and cultural fit right for senior execs and start-up CEOs.   I look forward to working with Carolyne for many years to come on my exec team searches.” Josh Stevens