Optimizing For Happiness

Optimizing for Happiness

Today, we’re excited to announce our $18.5M Series A, led by Sarah Guo at Greylock, with participation from an incredible group of angels and institutions alike (to be announced soon). This money will help Mystery achieve our mission of making people as happy as possible at work.

We started Mystery nearly three years ago with the belief that technology should make people happier. From forever-feeds designed to keep us staring at screens, to careless automation in the pursuit of profit over people—technology was doing anything but optimizing for happiness.

What creates happiness? A lack of regret? Dopamine hitting neurotransmitters? Getting outside your comfort zone? In reality it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different folks—but to quote Christopher McCandless from Into the Wild (a favorite book of mine), “Happiness is only real when shared.” We’re defined by the people we surround ourselves with and, in the end, it's the moments we share with them that matter. 

Three pivots, thousands of Mystery date nights, an unbelievable amount of date night boxes delivered by hand, millions of dollars put back into small businesses, and tens of thousands of people surprised and delighted… our team has already made a lasting impact on so many lives through magical shared experiences.

The rise of distributed work has unlocked the ability for many of us to create moments with our family and friends more than ever. At the same time, it has left us isolated from the people we spend the majority of our waking hours with, now behind screens—our colleagues, managers, and leaders at work.

Distributed work has the potential to be a step function improvement in the happiness of billions, and today the job to be done for technology is one of human connection, not async productivity. For us to realize the full potential of distributed work, we need to ensure that work doesn’t devolve into an impersonal and purely transactional dystopia. Instead, we need to harness the power of technology to build scalable and reliable levers for building cohesion—no matter the physical location. Because at the end of the day, it’s the people that make us happy.

At Mystery, we’re on a mission to make people as happy as they can possibly be at work. We’re a team of technologists, experience designers, and operations extraordinaires who believe in optimizing happiness through the power of shared experiences. If that sounds like you, drop us a line or check out our careers page. There is a lot of work to be done, but I promise you we are going to have fun doing it.

Finally—a few notes of appreciation:

To our customers and partners. From the early daring folks who hopped in an Uber without a destination, to the hundreds of businesses that trusted us to pull off something entirely new—thanks for sticking with us. 

To our incredible extended team and network. Nothing of consequence is built without a village. Mystery’s been fortunate to have an incredible network of people who've dedicated their time and resources along every step of the way. 

And, most importantly, to my team. Team, my enduring gratitude goes to you. You incredible people have made Mystery what it is. I know you will continue to push the envelope for yourselves, our customers, and our company. Thank you for the countless nights and weekends, personally making deliveries, and for optimizing for happiness—always. 

— Shane

Co-Founder, CEO at Mystery