NEW YORK, NY & WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - July 14, 2021 – ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors that buys, builds and operates vertical SaaS companies, today announced that it has acquired hotel operations management platform ALICE from Expedia Group (NASDAQ: EXPE) in a carve-out transaction.
ALICE marks the 36th acquisition for ASG and the fourth within the ASG Hospitality Technology vertical. ALICE joins Transcendent, acquired in 2019, ProfitSword, acquired in 2020, and Visual Matrix, acquired in 2021.
“We are incredibly excited that Expedia Group and ALICE are trusting us with ALICE’s next chapter of growth, especially at such an important moment in the recovery of the hospitality industry,” said Steve Reardon, CEO of ASG. “Justin, Dmitry, Alex and the entire ALICE team have built an incredible brand and product that has proven mission critical to hotel properties and essential to travelers during COVID. We believe more deeply than ever before in the future of hotel operations software and ALICE’s position of strength in the market.”
Headquartered in New York, NY, ALICE was founded in 2013 by Alex Shashou, Dmitry Koltunov, and Justin Effron. ALICE was born out of a frustrating hotel experience while Alex and Justin were traveling together through Asia. After witnessing the inefficiencies in communications within a hotel, they teamed up with Dmitry as their technical co-founder on a mission to help hotels deliver hospitality in a more aligned way. The trio put together an expert team of technologists and hotel operators with the vision of a single platform where all hotel staff can do their best work. They built ALICE to provide hotel managers with the tools they need to improve guest satisfaction and streamline operational costs. Today, ALICE is an all in one hotel operations platform that is used by over 25,000 hoteliers around the world.
“ASG’s proven track record in growing software companies coupled with their expertise in hospitality makes them the right partner for ALICE’s next chapter” said Effron. “We have felt a strong alignment of values since the beginning and are excited about what we’re going to be able to achieve together, especially as the industry continues to recover.”
ALICE is the leading all-in-one hospitality operations platform that enables hotel staff to do their most impactful work without all the guesswork. Alice provides tools for Guest Service, Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Service Delivery with a focus on accountability and efficiency. Task management, real-time communication, and operational analytics reduce the complexity and chaos of hotel operations providing the transparency and flexibility needed to run efficiently. Founded in 2013, ALICE works with more than 2,500 hotels and tens of thousands of hotel staff across many of the world’s leading brands, including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Graduate Hotels, and Grupo Posadas. ALICE is a Top 10 Best Places to Work in Hotel Tech by Hotel Tech Report in 2021, winner of Best Concierge Software, a Top 10 People's Choice Software and Finalist for its Preventative Maintenance Software, Housekeeping, and Staff Collaboration Tools, at the 2021 HotelTechAwards. https://www.aliceplatform.com/
ASG, backed by Alpine Investors, is a unique and fast-growing software business that buys, builds, and operates market-leading vertical SaaS companies. ASG believes deeply in the power of people and data to grow great organizations, and that sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources across its community of businesses drives exponential growth. Founders of leading SaaS companies continue to trust ASG to grow their businesses and build even stronger legacies for the future.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in middle-market companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO-in-Residence program which allows Alpine to bring proven leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $1 billion seventh fund. For more information, visit http://www.alpineinvestors.com.