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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 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.