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Mr. Shashou

Alexander Shashou

Co-Founder and President, ALICE

Alex Shashou is the Co-Founder and President of ALICE. Since founding ALICE in September 2013, the startup has become one of the fastest growing companies in the hospitality technology space. Mr. Shashou has taken the company through four rounds of funding, raising a total of $39M. The ALICE team is now over 140 employees and the company has a global customer base of 2000+ in the hospitality and residential sectors.

As President, Mr. Shashou runs the company's brand, culture, and management teams. In 2019, ALICE was awarded Best Place to Work, Best Concierge Software, Best Preventative Maintenance Software, Best Guest App, and a Top Staff Task Management & Collaboration Platform in the HotelTechAwards. ALICE is also the Brand Official Staff Operations Technology for the Forbes Travel Guide.

Born and raised in London, Mr. Shashou grew up in the hospitality industry, as his family operated 90 hotels across three hotel chains in the UK, including the Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin hotel brands. He is a sought-after hospitality thought leader, speaking on technology and hospitality innovation at conferences around the world. 

In 2016, Mr. Shashou was awarded the HFTP President's Award. The award is selected by the current HFTP Global President and recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry and the association throughout the course of a year. In 2018, he was also awarded the Hotel Experience Next Generation Leader Award.

Mr. Shashou received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management. After graduation, he began his career with Goldman Sachs in the Equity Sales division in New York before leaving to found ALICE.

Please visit http://www.aliceplatform.com for more information.

Mr. Shashou can be contacted at +1 212-579-2861 or alexander.shashou@alice-app.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.