placed to spot expert talent
Finding the right technology and finance people for entrepreneurial companies

Supporting the
Startup Ecosystem
Progressive Tech
Private Equity
Venture Capital
About us

A different kind of
recruitment firm

At Spotted Recruit, we believe in entrepreneurs and share their passion for turning great ideas into reality.

Since 2016, our consultants have been helping tech startups to build their business by finding highly qualified, highly motivated professionals for top Management and Executive positions, as well as strategic Sales, Engineering, Design, and Back Office roles. During that time, we have expanded the scope of our firm to provide industry-leading contingency and retained search services to the entire Tech Startup Ecosystem — from the most innovative homegrown Japanese Tech Startups and pioneering Global Tech companies entering Japan, to visionary Venture Capital and Private Equity firms.

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For Candidates

Be spotted for exceptional opportunities

Japan is increasingly evolving into a supportive environment for global entrepreneurship. If you are looking for a new challenge, greater responsibility, and the chance to contribute more to the success of a business, we can help connect you to the most compelling opportunities in the startup ecosystem.

Spotted Recruit is dedicated to helping candidates with expertise in the tech and finance fields discover a more exciting career path. As we work to place you with a company that matches your experience and goals, we act as your consultant, coach, and negotiator. It is our aim to see each of the candidates we place find satisfaction, have a significant role to play, and be successful in their new position.

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For Employers

If you want to find the right candidate, you need the right recruiter

After growing frustrated with the recruitment industry’s insistence on measuring service success through volume and not quality, we decided to start a different kind of recruitment firm. At Spotted Recruit, we have done away with the industry’s misdirected KPIs. Instead, our consultants have a different focus: they prioritize quality service and long-term relationships, they stay informed about what’s happening in Japan’s tech and startup markets, and they equip themselves to offer insightful strategic advice. Our highly knowledgeable and well-equipped consultants have what it takes to fill difficult positions quickly with the right candidates for your company.

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“Startup founders have a vision they want to turn into a reality, and it is the vision of Spotted Recruit to support that process every step of the way.”

We ensure our clients are satisfied

Spotted Recruit has been an amazing partner for us. As a startup with evolving needs, we have been very impressed by the flexibility provided and the consistent focus on quality for growing our team. Thank you — we look forward to a strong partnership for many years to come!

Jordan Fisher

Co-founder & CEO, Zehitomo Inc.

It's always challenging to keep acquiring great talent and even more so when adding English as one of the must requirements. Spotted Recruit has been helping us achieve that.

Kensuke Morimoto

Japan Country Manager, CircleCI

Spotted Recruit has been a great partner for our recruitment needs since we launched the company. They were great at procuring highly skilled candidates for difficult-to-fill positions, and have helped us increase our exposure to candidates in the market. For that, we are grateful for Spotted's support and would highly recommend their services.

Mohamed Osamnia, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CEO, LiNKX

Spotted Recruit came to understand our goals and priorities, and they helped us define the talent we need to achieve our goals. They asked us some critical questions that helped us navigate our journey. I’m confident that their flexible service can guide and benefit many other firms as well.

Kazuki Kyotani

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Team Lead at SMFL

In the early stage of building an engineering team in Japan, Spotted was instrumental in the process. We have worked with a few other recruiting firms, but what stood out was their dedication in finding the right match for both us and the candidates.

Philip Law

Application Architect, Houzz Japan