Tim Tonella « Matchstar

"Human Capital is the critical resource that drives all great companies, and I help CEOs solve this problem with a process that delivers spectacular results!"

Tim Tonella

Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the CEO of Matchstar Venture Search and has been a board member and company advisor since 2006. He has a long history in the venture capital and private equity community and has been involved in the development of several early stage technology companies. Tim, along with an award winning Google software developer, founded Priceprotectr.com in 2007. Price Protectr was named by Entrepreneur Magazine/Media as one of the “100 Brilliant Companies of 2011” and acquired in shortly thereafter by a private equity back company.

Previously, Tim was the Western SVP/GM for Merrill Corporation, a billion dollar privately held technology company. His responsibilities included overseeing all business operations, strategic initiatives, and sales development in the areas of M&A due diligence, electronic content distribution, and document life-cycle management. Tim and his team worked primarily with private equity and venture capital firms, investment banks, and attorneys in the securities, corporate finance, and restructuring areas. Prior to joining Merrill, Tim was a VP, Sales for Bowne Financial, where he led and grew the company’s most profitable business region. Additionally, he had been the GM of a manufacturing and product licensing company, where he doubled revenues and added 2,000 new client accounts in less than two years. Early in his career, Tim held a variety of business development positions with RR Donnelley in their international, telecom, and information services business units, where he personally generated over $300 million in new revenues.

Tim is the former Chairman of the San Francisco Business Forum (a leading Bay Area service provider networking organization) and a former member/sponsor of the Life Science Angels. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Tim is a hard core full contact fighting fan and participant, enjoys traveling, personal training, and Christian outreach. He currently lives in the city of San Francisco with his wife and four children.

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“I am writing to submit a vehement letter of recommendation regarding MatchStar. The MatchStar team has done so many things, and taken so many steps to help us grow our business, it is hard to find only a few salient points. Over the last several years, MatchStar has helped us immensely. The MatchStar team started by thoroughly analyzing our business, our immediate needs and our future needs and helped us gain alignment with the time and resources required for each. The team made excellent recommendations about our hiring strategy and our planning for growth that made sense and became more valuable as we grew. It was clear that they saw us as a partner, not just as a client; a great value-add in a sea of firms that say it, but don’t back it up with action. Key interviews were held, and key executives were pursued, and during the entire process, the theme of “best for our company” was the watchword – and MatchStar stayed true to this focal point. While great people had become involved, the business-minded view by MatchStar leadership helped us realize that ‘the best fit’ may not always look like the ‘best fit on paper’ – a key hallmark of custom-fitting our new team members to what our company is all about, internally and as well as externally. The street rumor is certainly true, the team at MatchStar knows everyone, who is anyone in Silicon Valley …and it shows. We couldn’t be more pleased with the incredible help, support, and guidance of MatchStar; we plan to work with them for many years to come.”Jack Riedel