Get to know Esper: About us

Esper is the world’s first platform for dedicated devices. Cofounded by veterans of Microsoft, Samsung, and Amazon, Esper offers deeply dependable infrastructure, management, and automation tools for enterprises and other large scale dedicated device deployments. Esper is built by a diverse team with a customer obsession philosophy. Whether it’s our passion for intuitive product design or accessible automation, you’ll see why Esper fosters innovation: Because we start with the best human beings.
At Esper, we are customer obsession nerds. We geek out on creating amazing customer experience for our clients — it’s our passion.

Ankit Gupta

Director, Engineering
I'm surrounded by incredibly smart, thoughtful people who I get to innovate with. No two days look the same and I'm energized by the challenge of building a new category.

Neha Sanjay

Director, Marketing

At Esper we live our values

Build trust

Everything we do starts with, builds on, and ends with trust.

Bias for action

We take risks, learn from our mistakes, and commit to accountability.

Customer obsession

Providing a seamless, high-quality experience for customers is ingrained in our DNA.

Why did we build Esper?

Supporting dedicated devices requires a mission critical philosophy to device infrastructure. Esper is a platform built for the devices MDM isn’t: the ones that have to work.

Esper customer and employee awards

How did Esper start?

Esper CEO and Founder Yadhu Gopalan built the underlying infrastructure for multiple device fleets at Microsoft and Amazon (Amazon Go stores, FireTV, Kindle, and Alexa). Over time, he began to ask: Why can’t I just build this once and let everyone use it? That’s when Yadhu joined forces with Shiv Sundar to found Esper. Both spent decades of their careers at the intersection of hardware and software and have shipped a combined 100 million devices globally. Esper’s platform incorporates the instant, always-on reliability cloud SaaS companies depend on, re-imagined for devices.

Our leadership & people

Esper’s Senior Leadership has the experience and commitment needed for solving complicated enterprise device problems. 100’s of millions of devices run code we’ve personally built. We know Android and DevOps inside and out, from chip to cloud.

Yadhu has over 25 years and 35 patents in embedded systems and security. His 25-year career included roles as Chief Architect of the Windows CE and Windows Phone. At Amazon, Yadhu designed back-end solutions for the FireOS, and AWS before he owned Systems Engineering for Amazon Go. Today, Yadhu is our Chief Geek, CEO, and Co-Founder, and the visionary behind our mission to educate enterprises about DevOps for Smart Edge devices.
Shiv makes things happen, both at Esper and for our customers. He knows Android inside-and-out after running Android partnerships for Huawei. Shiv strengthened his open source and device maker relationships after managing OEM partnerships at Cyanogen and Windows Phone device commercialization for Microsoft. Shiv is always ready to help businesses achieve Secure DevOps and deliver incredible customer experiences.
David is a three-time startup CFO and has led high-growth startups in increasing their revenue from single-digit millions to over one hundred million. He has a proven track record in managing and leading acquisition strategies, raising multiple rounds of venture capital, and leading successful exit strategies. David has a unique blend of technical knowledge and device management experience, in addition to keen business acumen.
Ghazi is a strategic sales leader who is passionate about building go-to-market functions, so they operate like a flywheel. He prides himself on establishing a strong go-to-market foundation that enables organizations to achieve their growth milestones. Ghazi has over 25 years of experience building, scaling, and leading go-to-market teams at enterprise B2B SaaS companies, including Avaya, Microsoft, and Oracle, and scaling up and leading exit events at startups like Auth0, Indigo State, and K2 software.
Sudhir is a hands-on technologist who prides himself in building and scaling global engineering teams while delivering high-quality products for customers worldwide. He is an empathic leader who passionately cares about customer success, product quality, and engineering excellence. With over 26 years of experience, Sudhir brings a unique blend of business acumen, product innovation, development of large-scale DevOps platforms, and execution capabilities to Esper. He joins Esper from Chef, a pioneer in DevOps, where he was the global head of engineering and has held leadership roles at Intuit, Oracle, Hyperion, and ASML. 
A six-time technology start-up veteran and executive marketing leader, Emily brings growth company DNA to Esper. She’s equal parts strategic and tactical, data-driven and creative storyteller, leader and doer. Emily’s deep experience in B2B SaaS, covering verticals from cybersecurity and mobile to customer experience and adtech, has previously powered rapid revenue scaling at Rubica, Textio, and Apptentive. A strong team-builder, her contagious optimism and obsession for learning are at the heart of Esper’s culture of experimentation.
Keith is the geeky force-of-nature that drives Esper’s efforts to build a community of Android dedicated device developers and creators. He evangelizes Esper’s value to devs, Product Owners, and Chief Tech officers. Keith’s experience includes running product management for a dev tools startup that was sold to Symantec. Next, he worked at Microsoft with MSDN, CryptoAPI, Windows CE / Platform Builder, and Windows Mobile. Keith’s first programming language was BASIC on the TRS-80. He’s also shipped code for a PDP -11 at Siemens.