San Francisco, Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blueboard, a San Francisco-based employee rewards and recognition company with a SaaS-enabled marketplace for recognizing employees with local experiences with just one click, was named the Next Great HR Technology Company at the 20th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas. Blueboard beat out more than 150 of the most innovative HR technology startups vying for the title, winning 40 percent of the final votes.

“We are truly excited and honored to win this award. We see this validating our view that a social recognition paradigm shift is needed. Rewards such as gift cards, cash bonuses, and gadgets fall short because they aren’t personal. Being recognized with an experience is much more personal, meaningful, and memorable,” said Taylor Smith, co-founder of Blueboard. “We’ve made it easy to offer personalized employee recognition at scale.”

Many studies show that millennials in particular value experiences more than money or merchandise. On a one-to-one basis, it’s easy to offer recognition in the form of a nice dinner or a cooking class. It’s difficult to offer experiences in a way that offers a personal, high-quality experience for the recipient and manageable, controlled spend for the organization. Blueboard has solved this problem, and counts innovative employers such as GoPro, Otis Elevators, Pinterest, and Lyft among its hundreds of customers.

“We know that employees find recognition much more valuable if they can do something that has personal meaning to them, whether that’s rocking out at their favorite music festival, taking their first surf lesson, or getting to be James Bond for a day,” said Kevin Yip, Blueboard co-founder. “We use our technology to create a fantastic experience for the employee and their organization. Everyone wins.”

To learn more about how Blueboard is redefining recognition through personalized, experiential rewards at scale, visit

About Blueboard

Blueboard is the employee rewards and recognition platform for the modern workplace. Blueboard enables companies to reward top employees with memorable, personal, and shareable experiences. Experiences as rewards not only provide a more meaningful avenue for employee recognition, but also create a lasting impact on top engagement metrics (like increased employee motivation and retention rates, and providing a more positive company culture). 



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Taylor Smith