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Google ‘founder’ created revenge site against estranged wife

In 2018, Google shirked off its unofficial motto, “Don’t be evil.” Probably that was a signal.

Scott Hassan, 51, who wrote a lot of the first code that powers the lookup giant, is embroiled in a horrible divorce battle that has raged for seven several years and requires hundreds of thousands of dollars, claims of managing his small children unfairly — and even a surprising on-line revenge campaign.

His ex spouse, Allison Huynh, a senior investigation fellow at Stanford University’s robotics laboratory, promises Hassan is withholding a fortune that her attorney claims she is lawfully entitled to.

“In 2018, the [couple’s] estate was valued at $1.8 billion and [Hassan] wished to give her a minuscule fraction,” Huynh’s lawyer Pierce O’Donnell claimed in a assertion to The Article. “His courtroom posture is that she will get practically nothing: Zero, zip, nada. Every single settlement meeting, he’s lowered his present. I have not found that in my 45-12 months-long vocation. He’s making an attempt to pull off the final dirty trick on his wife and three teenage youngsters.”

Hassan explained to The Put up that strategies that he doesn’t want to give her his ex and youngsters any property are “not correct.”

Hassan denies promises by his ex-wife’s legal professional that he doesn’t want to give her or their children any assets.
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A genius at robotics, Hassan is characterized as a higher-tech Dr. Dolittle who can talk to desktops. While he was in no way an personnel of Google, Hassan’s exceptional early contributions necessarily mean he is known as the company’s unofficial 3rd founder, along with Sergey Brin and Larry Webpage. Prior to he and Huynh wed in 2001, he attained the correct to cheaply purchase shares in the company, which, now, would be really worth billions of dollars.

But as divorce settlement proceedings are scheduled to commence Monday in San Jose, Calif., Hassan is embroiled in a considerably fewer prestigious on-line endeavor.

Soon after getting accused by his ex, he has admitted to launching the site earlier this year, seeding it with back links to good articles or blog posts created about his ex — but also links to court documents from three embarrassing lawsuits that include her.
Hassan has admitted to building — a web page that contains unflattering information about his ex-spouse.

“Scott was trying to bully me into dropping my [fight for assets] and accepting a pittance,” Huynh advised The Put up.

Requested if he set up the website, Hassan admitted to The Write-up: “I did, but I have taken it down. It arrived with each other in a second of irritation, when I felt Allison and her attorney had been telling one-sided stories to the push. I believed aggregating publicly out there data without the need of commenting or editorializing would assistance … It only ended up building our dispute a lot more general public and tense, which was hardly ever what I meant.”

Among the the files posted are web pages connected to a cross complaint to Huynh’s wrongful termination fit versus her previous employer Samuel Ockman and Penguin Computing — including allegations that Huynh “crawled under” Ockman’s desk “and done oral sexual intercourse on him.” The paperwork, filed by Ockman and his attorney in response to Huynh’s 2000 go well with, also claim she “threatened that if Ockman at any time left her she would destroy him and then herself” and “kept monitor of when Ockman was out with a new girlfriend.”

Allison Hyuuh photographed in San Francisco on August 19, 2021
Allison Huynh, photographed at property in Palo Alto, Calif., stated Hassan broke up their relationship, out of the blue, by means of textual content information.
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(The circumstance, in accordance to a modern filing from O’Donnell, was “settled in Allison’s favor.” Ockman refused to comment.)

Huynh discovered out about on August 5. “It was fundamentally intended to shame and scare me by impersonating me and attempting to switch the planet from me,” she reported. “I was distraught.”

She straight away suspected her ex-husband of currently being at the rear of the site. O’Donnell employed forensics execs to determine it out. In accordance to Huynh, they unsuccessful and she took matters into her own fingers.

Scott Hassan and Allison Hyuuh
Scott Hassan and Allison Huynh strike a pose in happier situations.
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“I stayed up all evening and learned a again doorway that Scott inadvertently did not shut. I was in a position to figure out that the Google Travel website [which contained the lawsuit documents] was registered by Scott Wendell — Scott’s middle title. The e mail get hold of had ‘Hassan’ in it,” she advised The Write-up. “So the genius of Silicon Valley was uncovered by his wife, applying her complex knowledge. Poetic justice?”

When the couple achieved in 2000, Hassan was by now a rock-star programmer — famous for getting assisted make the lookup motor that billions of persons use every day.

“Without Scott, there would be no Google,” Adam Fisher, author of “Valley of Genius,” informed The Submit. “He was at Stanford and utilized to create code for people who were huge thinkers. He received to know Sergey and Larry, rewrote their code and confident them that this was a product. They offered him founders’ stock. That labored out really well.”

In accordance to court docket files, for his coding — which Hassan instructed The Article, “we wrote in a few months” — he was offered the possibility to purchase 160,000 shares of not-but useful Google stock for $800.

He and Huynh, who each went to Stanford, were launched by mutual good friends in Silicon Valley. He came from a navy relatives and grew up on Air Drive bases around the globe she was a large-acquiring Vietnamese immigrant who attended the college on a scholarship.

“Scott was super smart and paid a lot of consideration to me,” she recalled. “We shared a good deal of interests and he handled me as an equivalent.”

Hassan remembered a courtship of “hiking, sailing and heading to see musicals.”

They ended up being at his grandmother’s Canasteo, NY, cabin, in 2002 when matters obtained significant. “We had been mountaineering and he proposed to me,” reported Huynh. “I asked if he was positive. He requested why I would check with. I stated I was an impartial-minded particular person who believed in equality and fairness. He claimed that was why he beloved me. I then reported, ‘Yes.’”

For all of Hassan’s good results and smarts, Huynh mentioned that things commenced out modestly. They wed at the Minimal White Chapel in Vegas just after, a court docket doc states, she paid for their engagement social gathering. Huynh instructed The Put up about being married to a excellent spouse with carpal tunnel syndrome — “He experienced been programming considering that he was 5 and was starting up to melt away out,” she reported — and a stress of university student personal debt.

“I aided to nurse him again to overall health and economically supported us early on. Scott mentioned he was likely to function and present for our relatives,” Huynh stated. “He confident me that we have been teammates.”

A woman stands beside the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair, on May 24, 2018 in Paris.
Hassan finished up with 2.56 million shares in Google — an volume value hundreds of thousands and thousands after the company’s 2004 IPO.
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In accordance to the short filed for Huynh, by 2003 “the Google shares had gone from 160,000 to 2.56 million as a result of a sequence of inventory splits.” 1 12 months later on, Google’s IPO occurred and Hassan’s stock was all of a sudden value hundreds of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

According to the brief submitted for Huynh, Hassan planed to use all over $50 million to create a business enterprise that would develop open up supply technology. He introduced the robotics-oriented organizations Willow Garage and Appropriate Systems, which, as per a court doc, generated $20 million in gross profits over the course of the relationship.

As their prosperity elevated, “I upgraded our family members household from a a few-bed room household in San Francisco to a even larger, newer residence in Palo Alto,” Hassan instructed The Publish. A industrial building in Menlo Park was ordered. “We also received a awesome weekend assets in the hillsides.”

In the spring of 2005, according to the transient, Hassan sought assistance from a wealth supervisor. Right after the assembly, Hassan had a surprising proposition for his spouse — what O’Donnell characterizes as a article-nup. It reportedly said that, if they were to divorce, she would acquire 3 true estate houses and $20 million in Google inventory.

“This proposal, which he identified as a get-out, came from out of the blue,” Huynh claimed. “I was in shock. Who is this person? Does he want a divorce?”

Huynh instructed The Write-up that she gave Hassan an ultimatum: “Either me and your family. Or your money and a divorce.”

Hassan chose his household — he and Huynh have 3 young children, now 13, 15 and 18, of whom they share custody — and relationship. Looking again on it, Hassan reported, “My intention was to make her experience financially secure. Allison interpreted it as a recommendation of wanting a divorce. She was quite upset.”

Some are not astonished that Hassan didn’t anticipate how his news would go about.

“Scott Hassan is tremendous great, but he can not determine out what many others may well be considering,” an old buddy of his told The Put up. “He does not realize how he will come off. He is not the best at social conversation.”

Following that blow-up, matters went back to standard. Hassan produced a company, Greenheart Investments LLC, investing huge sums of money — “hundreds of hundreds of thousands of bucks,” as per his court docket short — to back again several real-estate investments and start off-ups.

“We were pleased,” claimed Huynh. “I was the main caregiver of our three kids and he behaved like a gentleman who was not scheming … to cheat our three little ones and me out of the rightful share of our financial commitment.”

Through the fall of 2014, there was even a romantic excursion to Fiji. At the resort, Hassan professed his love for his wife in damp concrete. “He wrote forever, ‘Scott + Alli,’ with a major coronary heart all over it,” Huynh remembered.

But by November, her entire world fell aside.

“Scott despatched a text [to Huynh] that claimed, ‘I’m leaving and the marriage is in excess of,’” attorney O’Donnell explained. “He claims to have left ‘age-appropriate notes’ for their children.”

Huynh told The Post that she “had no inkling this was coming.” 

But Hassan explained that he experienced his explanations: “The catalyst for our separation was an argument in which Allison falsely accused me of infidelity in entrance of our children, amid other items. That crossed a line for me … It turned distinct that we wanted to separate permanently and I communicated that to her.”

Huynh’s law firm disputes this: “Not genuine,” he told The Publish. “Scott abruptly left his family with no warning.”

In accordance to O’Donnell, Hassan checked into the Four Seasons while Huynh remained at their Palo Alto residence with the children. lists the home’s worth at $20 million.

The estranged couple just cannot even concur on the day of their separation. According to a court doc filed by Hassan’s attorney, he maintains that they split up on Nov. 4, 2015. Huynh promises that it was two months later on. The marriage was terminated on May perhaps 18, 2020.

Even though Huynh acknowledges she has no claim on the Google shares, she believes that she is entitled to her share of money produced during the relationship.

Meanwhile, Hassan acknowledged all through court docket proceedings that he experienced established up Greenheart, which a court docket submitting states was valued at $1 billion in 2015, as his possess enterprise “to retain certain property ‘completely separate’ from Allison.” She insists it is local community assets — of which California divorce law phone calls for equivalent division.

Hassan maintains “that the disputed assets are thoroughly characterized as my individual property — this does not necessarily indicate that the local community, or Allison, will not be compensated,” Hassan said. “I already agreed to give her with a substantial quantity of funds each individual thirty day period.”

“She can get alimony and boy or girl aid? Give me an effing split,” O’Donnell stated. “The regulation entitles her to kid and spousal guidance. We are talking about her rightful share of the home. The bottom line is that Scott wishes them to get nothing at all — which includes the household property. Before he left, there was a rely on-fund for the young children for $20 million. He diminished it to $500,000, in total, for all 3 little ones. It doesn’t pay back for college or university.”

“His miserly posture is ludicrous,” Huynh explained to The Submit of her ex. “I pray that a Major Tech billionaire will not get away with his attempt to cheat his little ones and me although he walks away with anything.”

Beam robot
Hassan funded the robotic business powering Beam, which made this display screen on wheels just before heading bankrupt.

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