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Scott Hassan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Suitable Technologies Inc

Direct Phone: (650) ***-****       

Email: h***@***.com

Suitable Technologies Inc

921 E Charleston Rd

Palo Alto, California 94303

United States

Company Description

Suitable Technologies is a startup working to fulfill the promise of remote presence technology. Our mission is to connect people separated by distance in the most natural way possible. Suitable got its start as part of the research lab Willow Garage. O ... more

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Background Information

Affiliations

Board Member
Arstasis Inc

Founder
Willow Garage Inc

Founding Team Member
Google Inc

Advisor
Stanford University

Founder
eGroups

Education

B.S.

SUNY

Web References (197 Total References)


Scott ...

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Scott Hassan

Scott has been a driving force behind some of the most influential Internet companies and projects. He was the founder of eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and was the key software architect and developer of Google, Alexa Internet and the Stanford Digital Library. Scott invests in start-ups that aim to make fundamental quality of life improvements for citizens around the world.
Scott Hassan is the President and CEO of Suitable Technologies. He created it with the goal of redefining presence, by giving people the power to choose when and where to be present, regardless of geographic location. Prior to Suitable, Scott founded Willow Garage, combining his belief in open source technology and his passion for bringing robotics into everyday life.


Board of Directors - arstasis

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Scott Hassan

Scott has been a driving force behind some of the most influential Internet companies and projects. He was the founder of eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and was the key software architect and developer of Google, Alexa Internet and the Stanford Digital Library. Scott invests in start-ups that aim to make fundamental quality of life improvements for citizens around the world.
Scott Hassan is the President and CEO of Suitable Technologies. He created it with the goal of redefining presence, by giving people the power to choose when and where to be present, regardless of geographic location. Prior to Suitable, Scott founded Willow Garage, combining his belief in open source technology and his passion for bringing robotics into everyday life.


Board of Directors - arstasis

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Scott Hassan

Scott has been a driving force behind some of the most influential Internet companies and projects. He was the founder of eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and was the key software architect and developer of Google, Alexa Internet and the Stanford Digital Library. Scott invests in start-ups that aim to make fundamental quality of life improvements for citizens around the world.
Scott Hassan is the President and CEO of Suitable Technologies. He created it with the goal of redefining presence, by giving people the power to choose when and where to be present, regardless of geographic location. Prior to Suitable, Scott founded Willow Garage, combining his belief in open source technology and his passion for bringing robotics into everyday life.


Willow Garage founder ...

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Willow Garage founder Scott Hassan is a big-picture thinker. He's the kind of person who will veer from a conversation about telepresence into ruminating on what the world will be like once money becomes completely worthless because robots will be doing all our work for us.

He was one of the first people to invest in mysterious augmented reality Magic Leap back in 2012. Earlier this month, Magic Leap raised more than $700 million at a whopping $4.5 billion valuation.
In fact, he's the exactly kind of person who you would expect to get along with "moonshot" king and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.
Hassan met Page and Sergey Brin while working on an Integrated Digital Libraries project at Stanford.
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Thanks to that success and his early Google stake, Hassan amassed the kind of money that eventually allowed him to buy office space in Menlo Park before he even knew exactly what he wanted to do with it. Its address - 68 Willow Road - ultimately inspired his new company's name.
No more reinventing the wheel Hassan convinced Steve Cousins, who had hired Hassan as an undergraduate intern at Washington University years earlier, to become Willow's first CEO. Hassan convinced Steve Cousins, who had hired Hassan as an undergraduate intern at Washington University years earlier, to become Willow's first CEO.
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Hassan planned to dedicate enough funding to the startup to keep about 60 people working there per year, so they began hiring all the top roboticists and researchers they could corral.
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Even back in 2006, at a time when Roombas were the only kind of robot most people had seen in real life, Hassan could vividly picture the world where general-purpose autonomous robots would fill our homes and help us with everyday tasks that we'd rather avoid. He wanted robots out in the world, but he knew that there was still a lot of groundwork that needed to get done first.
"I wanted the robot revolution to get here sooner," he tells Business Insider.
Hassan had long been a big believer in open source, so the team started focusing on a common operating system that roboticists everywhere could use to stop wasting time "reinventing the wheel" on every research project.
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One of the ideas in particular fascinated Hassan. The team had hacked together an iPad-on-wheels to allow a remote employee to zoom around the office, which it refined into a robot called "Beam. The possibilities of telepresence (think videoconferencing with robots) inspired Hassan and he spun-off a team called Suitable Technologies in 2011, taking a bunch of WG employees with him.
That meant that from that point on, Hassan was funding two companies. Willow Garage was burning about $20 million a year. He had realized that getting autonomous personal robots into people's homes was still a long way off (although ROS could support countless functions, the cost of creating the hardware to handle something even as seemingly simply as picking up an article of clothing was magnitudes too expensive).
He finally decided to pull out his investment in 2013 late and focus all his resources on the more near-term telepresence market with Suitable.
Hassan describes Willow's end unemotionally:
"I saw people starting to get restless, so I just decided to shut things down and go, 'You're free!'" Hassan says.
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However, the deal would have required Hassan to sell a big chunk of his ownership, which he didn't want to do.
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All told, Hassan says he poured more than $80 million into Willow Garage. But he considers the cost well worth the reward of robotics progress. And, as always, his sights are set on the future.
"In the next few years you're going to see an explosion of robotics," he says. "It's all happening right now.


Qbo Robot - Blog

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This project was made possible thanks to the companies who share this vision: Willow Garage, founded by Scott Hassan in 2006 and that, thanks to their ROS development platform, is fueling a revolution in the world of robotics.

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