Ascendify brings businesses and talent together

We help people attract, select and engage
the talent they need to build great companies



Who we are

Ascendify is an end-to-end talent platform that's designed for modern hiring teams that love to collaborate and built for enterprise companies that need a secure, scalable platform. Ascendify is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and backed by an amazing group of investors and advisors.



Ascendify Corporation
530 Bush St. #104
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 528-5503



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Meet Ascendify's leaders

Ascendify started in 2012 with an experienced team that is passionate about helping clients deliver amazing results. Today, our world-class leadership team brings experience from some of the most recognizable enterprise brands, including Workday, Accenture, SuccessFactors, Salesforce, HP, Adobe, and Intuit.

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Matt Hendrickson
Founder, Chairman & CEO

Matt founded Ascendify to help visionary talent leaders at global companies simplify their complex recruiting systems. Matt brings 25-years of enterprise product leadership within the human capital industry to Ascendify. He started his career as the founder of ResumeMaker Workforce Solutions, a market-leading cloud platform that earned several patents and numerous HR awards for reimagining the candidate’s experience.


Lauren Smith
Founder & COO

Lauren founded Ascendify with a passion for making clients successful and a devotion to building an amazing company culture. As Chief Operating Officer, Lauren brings 10-years of experience in client services, project management and business operations. Prior to Ascendify, Lauren served on the agency-side at DDB and others where she managed large-scale projects for Johnson & Johnson, Dell, Comcast and MetroPCS.


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Scott Lietzke
Vice President, Experience

Scott brings more than 20-years of product experience, designing enterprise-class web and mobile applications. Scott brings deep domain knowledge of the human capital industry to Ascendify. Scott was Creative Director of products at Workday for over 8-years where he led product design, marketing and customer experience teams that fueled Workday’s rapid growth and eventual $600 million IPO in 2012.


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Jason Ball
Vice President, Engineering

Jason joined the founding team at Ascendify in 2012. Jason draws on 15-years of technology leadership to oversee all of Ascendify's product development, architecture and infrastructure. Prior to Ascendify, Jason was the lead developer at several companies in the solar industry including Sungevity, another GE Ventures portfolio company, where he built the core SaaS architecture from the ground up.


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Bill Leetham
Chief Financial Officer

Bill’s financial operations and management excellence spans 30-years. He successfully led two initial public offerings and raised over $150 million across public, private equity and debt financings. Bill was the first CFO at SuccessFactors when company revenues were just $2.2 million and he set in place the early financial foundation for a $3.4 billion sale to SAP in 2012. Bill is a partner at FLG Partners.


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Kelly King
Director of Sales

Kelly joined Ascendify in 2014 as director of enterprise sales and brings 12-years of business development leadership. She started her professional career as a recruiter and knows full well the plight of today's talent acquisition teams. Before joining Ascendify, she was an early team member at Demandforce where she helped build the sales organization responsible for their rapid growth and eventual $424 million acquisition by Intuit.


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Tom Spengler
Board Member, Sales Enablement

Tom has an active, consulting role with Ascendify to expand our base of Fortune 1000 customers. Tom’s played an integral role in setting up Ascendify’s growth engine and building a high performing enterprise sales team. Before joining Ascendify, Tom founded, built and sold Granicus, one of the most successful SaaS businesses in the government sector and was previously a consultant at Accenture.

Meet the Ascenders

Ascendify is an active, vibrant place that rewards creativity, leadership and results. We're a small, ambitious team that works hard and knows how to celebrate.



Want to join our mission? We're hiring.

Ascendify is backed by some of the smartest, most supportive investors and advisors in the industry.


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Lisa Coca
Managing Director | Venture Investments

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Mark Reinstra
Partner | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati


Suzanne Bell
Partner | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

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Stacy Donovan Zapar
CEO | Tenfold | Employer Branding, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

Customer Advisory Board


Amber Grewal | GE | Global Head/VP Talent Acquisition, Digital Technology Recruiting


Heather Whiteman | GE | Head of People Strategy, Analytics & Operations


Ian Bailie | Cisco | Global Head, Talent Acquisition and People Planning Operations


Bobby Matthews | Mount Sinai Health System | Innovation Architect, Talent Acquisition

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Award winning HR software

"Ascendify maximizes the candidate experience and allows recruiting to happen through employee social networks."
- Human Resource Executive

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