Willow Garage Leadership Team
SCOTT HASSAN: Founder
Scott Hassan is best known as the founder of eGroups (a group email messaging company now known as Yahoo Groups), and was the key software architect/developer of Google, Alexa Internet and the Stanford Digital Library. Throughout his life, Scott has had a deep interest in Open Source software, computers and autonomy. These interests led him to start Willow Garage, a privately-funded research company aiming to advance the state of robotic technology in autonomous devices. Scott brings to his role at Willow Garage a combination of startup experience and expertise building large software systems using Open Source tools.
STEVE COUSINS: President and CEO
Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and realizing a significant return on investment. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top human-computer interaction research groups in the world. Earlier, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).