Rate of Happiness? 100%.
Culture is the unification of the wonderful and diverse minds that make successful companies. That’s why we built Espresa – the only platform designed to celebrate and strengthen loyalty and engagement with culture benefits that people love.
We built Espresa out of necessity to solve HR’s biggest challenge: Employee experience programs. Plus, in this new age of A.I., it was time to put the human experience back into human resources and people.
Espresa: Here is how happiness happened.
In 2015, Alex Shubat and Raghavan Menon had dinner, stumbled on discussing Google’s amazing employee experience programs. The conversation went on for two hours, as ideas began to form between them. That sparked more meetings and more dinners, and like so many great ideas hatched over great meals and napkin whiteboards, Espresa was brought to life.
From idea to innovation to disruption
As the world’s first Culture Benefits® platform, Espresa offers a modular ecosystem of non-traditional benefits and employee experience programs within a single solution that drives consistent employee engagement and happiness at scale.
And we live what we’ve created. We have our values, passions, and mission – as individuals, and as a team.
We are born in Palo Alto, California, yet our team is global, operating in 25+ countries, supporting all languages, time zones, and currencies. We think beyond borders. And we are thoughtful and diligent corporate citizens.
Our mission – we work hard every day to exemplify:
- Wonder: We are curious adventurers and empaths seeking to solve the problems that collectively divide us.
- Individuality: We are staunch believers in observing and celebrating the unique and diverse people that drive great ideas forward.
- Trust: We believe that transparency and integrity lead us as a company and as individuals.
- Humanity: We are better together because of our diversity, our differences, and our collective EQ.
- Future: We mindfully approach today, while paving the way towards thriving and happy cultures.
- Evolution: We realize that the answers we have today, may not be those that lead us tomorrow – and we’re comfortable with that because we are the change-makers and mindful risk-takers.
In short – we’ve married logic and imagination to continue to find a different and better way to move people in the world towards happiness, connectedness, and brighter futures.
Executive Leadership Team
Alex Shubat, CEO + Co-Founder
"After a single meeting with my co-founder, I knew that culture benefits as a platform was an innovation that was ripe for disruption. And that was how Espresa was born – as a single unified expression to deliver the best experience for both HR teams and people. We’ve got that unity thing on lock and with a platform that does precisely that."
Raghavan Menon, CTO + Co-Founder
"I’ve been building global technology platforms for most of my career. When I was in my previous company, I could see a major disconnect between what HR was experiencing versus what was needed to support them and their employees. Between Alex and I and the many clients who came onboard, we’ve developed the solution that is bridging this divide. Espresa helps HR meet people exactly where they are."
Sylvia Flores, Head of Brand, Marketing + Culture
"I thrive in the realm of disruptive ideas, where rule books are tossed and the white board, sticky note, and unorthodox are celebrated and built. Espresa is the perfect place for me because we don’t stand on the shoulders of others. We create what lives in the needs of the people we serve. We’re all here to make peoples’ lives happier and more connected. I wouldn’t be in a place that didn’t embrace and celebrate that."
Ryan Ramsey, VP of Strategic Alliances
"The way we work is changing at unprecedented speeds. Employees are philosophically rethinking what a career means to them and re-defining the value equation between them and their employer. Employers need creative and flexible solutions that support an inclusive work culture that gets to the heart of what people value most. That's what this team is all about. Disrupting and improving the way we work for good!"
Mike Gibbens, Regional Vice President - West
"My passion is viewing our most important resource, the people we work with, as much more than just a cog in the vast machine. To humanize the workplace and create a cycle of engagement that allows Espresa and our clients to grow individually and together. I've never met a group of more driven and talented people who are ready to support our clients and partners in their journey of making the workplace a better place."
Brandon Markham, Regional Vice President - Central
"Espresa has built an offering that will forever change how organizations deliver HR/people solutions to their employees. They provide the best experience to both employees and employers under one, centralized, easy-to-use platform."
Brian Leadbetter, Regional Vice President - East
"A great workplace starts with a culture that puts people first. The team at Espresa is made up of exceptional people, driven to make life easier for HR departments across the globe. Our unique product offering helps create people-centric cultures that are happier and more productive. The opportunity to join such a talented group and help improve workplaces around the world made Espresa ideal for me."