Who We Are

Executive Search Researchers


Intellerati is neither a retained executive search firm nor a contingency firm. We are an executive search research firm that’s taken executive recruiting research to a whole new level. Our investigative approach makes candidate sourcing smarter.

Our team of executive search researchers recruit senior-level executives and senior technologists, direct and on-demand. Intellerati partners with venture capitalists, private equity investors, board members, hiring executives, and the heads of corporate executive recruiting teams.


investigative Sourcing Experts

To recruit the best and brightest, investigative candidate sourcing uncovers top talent others miss. We reach beyond traditional recruiting resources, including LinkedIn, for competitive advantage.

A treasure trove of prospective candidate information exists outside of resumes and social networks. We transform that information into actionable intelligence. Ultimately, we deliver candidates you never dreamed existed.

Finally, expert executive search researchers and candidate sourcers who give us a competitive advantage. Intellerati surfaces star talent others miss.

Smart Sourcing

Founded by an award-winning investigative reporter and television journalist, Intellerati harnesses the power of information to make executive search smarter. Our data-driven approach uncovers top talent, recruits faster, and consistently delivers candidates you never knew existed.

Genius Partner

You need a higher level of expertise to harness the treasure trove of candidate information available outside traditional recruiting databases and LinkedIn.  Think Nate Silver. Think Moneyball. Our executive search researchers have data-driven investigative expertise that you simply cannot find at any other firm.

Opportunity to Save

Traditional executive search firms charge a percentage of the winning candidate’s compensation. With retained and contingency firms, you pay the full fee every single time. By basing our recruitment research pricing on the amount of work we do — not on a percentage of salary — we give clients the opportunity to save.

Executive Search Researchers

Our team of executive search researchers offers expertise that is unparalleled. Intellerati was founded by an award-winning investigative journalist and is staffed by investigative recruiters. Our recruiting research team consistently uncovers top executive talent other firms miss.

Our Founder

Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Krista Bradford is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intellerati, the recruiting research division of The Good Search, LLC. Ms. Bradford leads Intellerati’s team of executive search researchers. The firm delivers top-performing executives and technologists to clients that range from venture capital and private equity portfolio companies to Fortune 500 clients. We work wherever business collides with the Internet.

Before founding the company in 1999, Ms. Bradford served as a three-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and television journalist. She specialized in data journalism. Ms. Bradford held positions with WNBC and WWOR in New York as well as with stations in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She was a national news correspondent for “The Reporters” on the Fox Television Network and a senior correspondent for Tribune’s nationally syndicated “Now It Can Be Told” series. She studied at Harvard University and Columbia University, ultimately obtaining her B.A. in Liberal Arts at The New School.


Intellerati iExecutive Search Research for the Greater Good


A decade ago, Intellerati founder Krista Bradford left her career as an award-winning investigative television journalist with a specialty in computer-assisted research to become an executive recruiter. She went to work at an elite retained executive search firm in Manhattan and saw an opportunity to change the game.

She observed traditional executive search firms under-resource research when recruiting research is the very thing that delivers star talent. Remarkably, while virtually every other industry has invested in robust business intelligence expertise as a “best practice”, the recruiting industry has failed to match force with that trend. It goes a long way toward explaining why 40% of retained executive search engagements fail to complete. They fail because the executive search industry insists on searching with its eyes closed.

Therein lies the opportunity.

Research is the execution engine of executive search that identifies, develops, and ultimately delivers star talent. Build a better engine and you create the ultimate recruiting machine.

As the first investigative recruiting practice in the nation, Intellerati offers a level of executive search expertise you simply cannot find anywhere else. Our investigative approach to passive candidate sourcing reaches far beyond standard recruiting resources to tap highly-placed sources and little-known databases. We harness the power of computer-assisted research and proprietary technologies to gather information. Then, we analyze that data to convert it into actionable intelligence. Our executive search researchers stop to connect the dots. In other words, if research is, indeed, the execution engine of search, then Intellerati has a Ferrari under the hood.

Intellerati is the research division of The Good Search. Intellerati’s executive search services are ideally suited to clients seeking the quality of retained search, but with a month at a time model that gives them the opportunity to save. For employers seeking full-service retained executive search through to hire, The Good Search offers next-generation retained search services that consistently outperform traditional retained search firms.

To learn more, check out our clients, candidate sourcing video, and our Executive Recruiting Research Blog.

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