Six years ago I asked Cristian to meet up for coffee. I am not sure he was aware how much I needed his help. I was about to start this new venture, way outside my comfort zone, and I was well aware that I couldn’t do it on my own. Even though we had worked together before, there was no guarantee that things would work out this time around.
But he accepted. Cristian was the first. In the first few months, we recruited the initial 10 people, who laid the groundwork for what became [e-spres-oh].
Over the past six years, many more have joined, many have left, some have returned. Our business model has slightly changed, our client list has expanded, and our leadership structure has evolved. We adapted not to survive, but to thrive. Survival is not an option if that means losing ourselves in the process. It hasn’t been always easy, but it isn’t supposed to be.
At its core though, [e-spres-oh] has not changed at all. We are still a group of people who enjoy each other’s company, that have similar values and share a multitude of passions, both at work and outside of it. Many of our past teammates remain close friends and we still do things together. We have all helped build a culture based not on job titles, but on mutual respect. That was just as true six years ago, as it is today. How is that not the only real achievement that matters?
So, on the sixth anniversary of [e-spres-oh], I would like to convey my deepest gratitude and appreciation to each and every person that is a part of this amazing story. I can honestly tell you that it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Knowing and being around all of you has made me a better human, which is more than I could have ever asked for. Thank you!