About Emerald

We're on a mission #Truemission

Emerald was born in Geneva out of the frustration experienced as travellers and homeowners alike. As travellers, when booking short stays on marketplaces that do not offer any consistent standards and services in the premium end. As homeowners, when experiencing first hand how time-consuming and sophisticated it has become to monetize a premium property on the short-term accommodation market.

By transforming premium private homes into Emerald homes, we aim to upgrade travellers and homeowners to their best experience of the short-term accommodation market.

Our team has been pulled together from top travel, real estate and finance companies such as Ritz Carlton, Tripadvisor and BNP Paribas.

Feel like joining us on our mission? Check out our careers below!

Swiss DNA, European Footprint

Switzerland (HQ)

Emerald Stay SA
Boulevard de la Tour 6
1205 Genève


Emerald Stay France SARL
10 rue de Penthièvre
75008 Paris


Emerald Stay Spain S.L.
Avenida Diagonal 459
08036 Barcelona


  • Former real estate private equity associate and commodities trader at leading institutions (BNP Paribas, Trafigura, Standard Chartered). ESSEC Business School Graduate.

    Maxime Friess
  • Former entrepreneur, hotelier and executive at technology and recruitment firms (Morgan Philips and LaFourchette/Tripadvisor). Essec Business School Graduate.

    Laurent Lacourt


  • • CEO @ Mövenpick Hotels (100+ hotels, $1bn revenue) • CEO @ Wilson Associates, global interior design firm • CEO luxury brands @ Hilton

    Olivier Chavy
  • • Founder / CEO of Limestone Capital, hospitality PE/VC • Founder / CEO @ Voyat, hotel technology, exited in NYC • Product Manager & Chief of Staff to Marissa Mayer @ Google

    Ben Habbel
  • • Founder-CEO @ Chango, marketing technology, exit for $120mm • Co-founder of 4 technology firms

    Chris Sukornyk

Our Values

Make Mistakes

We foster a creative environment where the best ideas win, where it is okay to make mistakes and unacceptable not to learn from them.


We don't accept the status quo and look for ways to use technology while empowering people.

Speak Up

We are true people who give honest feedback, who are not afraid to share opinions and who don't talk behind one's back.

Don't Compromise

We are obsessed with quality, like a Swiss watchmaker

Think Big

While staying humble, we aim for the stars and work towards established goals and metrics


We care about our team members, our partners and our clients, and make our passion and our work one and the same

Our Technology Stack

From instant communication to relationship management to process automation, optimal use of technology allows us to best serve our guests, homeowners, and team. We believe in using best-in-class open systems connected to scalable proprietary applications developed by our engineering team. Below an overview of our stack:


  • Google Suite
  • Pipedrive
  • Mews Systems
  • Slack
  • Front
  • Rentals United
  • Sendgrid
  • Odoo
  • Power BI
  • Trello
  • Payfit
  • Bowo


  • GitLab
  • Docker


  • Laravel
  • PhpStorm
  • React
  • Angular JS

We are hiring!

Feel like joining an international team made of passionate people with experience from world-class companies? We offer a rewarding work environment in a growing start-up with lots of perks. Check our openings below and apply.

PS: We support partially remote work when possible!