get to know us.

we’re OtO Inc. and we’re using technology to make lawn and garden care better for people and the planet.

The OtO Lawn smart device is the world’s first smart outdoor device that waters your lawn, while also applying natural solutions that keep your garden green and pest free, all from one compact device. Think of it as the littlest lawn assistant you never had.

We’re a proudly Canadian startup, moving quickly, and building a global $10 billion-dollar company by launching smart outdoor products that solve real problems (strictly no gimmicks). Like how 50% of residential water is wasted due to poor irrigation techniques. Or how we can save our users hours of time every week just by automating their watering. Or how people can save tons of carbon by growing their own food at home.

Whether it’s treating our customers with kindness and radical transparency, or investing in our own team members as much as we invest in our own products, we believe people are our biggest asset.

We also believe that good design is sustainable. That happy employees mean happy customers. That helping people adopt a more sustainable lifestyle and lawn care practices that are good for them, for their families and for the environment is a privilege.

it all started when our founder, Ali Sabti, bought a house and the yard that came with it.

Finally! Some green space he could call his own. After a few days of fresh air in his mini-oasis, he realized that yard work was…well…more work than he had time for.  

His lawn was too small to justify hiring a landscaping company. A sprinkler system seemed like overkill, but one sprinkler wouldn’t cut it. 

team of oto engineers wearing masks looking at algorithm on glass and smart device

So, he put his engineering skills to the test and created OtO Lawn, a smart sprinkler that nourishes yards, lawns and gardens with precision.

Fast forward to the summer of 2021. The OtO team has spent thousands of collective hours, built hundreds of prototypes, and persevered through a global pandemic to finally have the opportunity to share the fruits of their labor.

our mission.

To turn our customers lawns and gardens into beautiful, comfortable ecosystems.

our vision.

To bring nature and technology together and design a better, more sustainable future for all.

our promise.

To continuously build products that deliver on our mission, values, and expectations.

meet the team.

Ali Sabti

Founder & CEO

Experienced founder and engineer with over 10 years experience building devices in the medical, automotive, and consumer electronics space. Ali is all about his family, good espresso, and plants.

Madeleine Lee

Director of Customer Experience

Maddie is a diverse marketing specialist with experience working alongside world-class brands such as Walt Disney Studios. When she is not leading brand and product marketing strategy at OtO she enjoys traveling as much as possible and being some kind of armchair movie critic.

John Shahidi

Director, Strategy & Operations

John focuses on strategy, operations, and finance. He has experience as a founder, a strategy & growth leader, and as an investment banker. In his free time, John enjoys traveling, basketball, and spending time with family.

Sarah Van Norden

Operations Manager

Sarah is an operations specialist who enjoys putting processes in place to help scale businesses. She has managed and grown an online marketplace, and is passionate about working with startups. During her leisure time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her cat and cooking!

Jeffrey Law

Senior Product Developer

Jeff graduated from the University of Waterloo in Mechanical Engineering and has been working in the consumer electronics industry ever since. He's interested in smart devices that foster sustainability (OtO for water, Nest for energy). Current hobbies are film photography (Pentax 6x7, Canon A-1) and chess!

Frank Verriet

Product Development

Mechanical engineer with two decades of vehicle component design, manufacturing and testing experience.

Moe Dini

Product Development

Passionate about the environment and climate change, Moe is excited to contribute his design, prototyping and manufacturing experience to develop a unique irrigation system that conserves precious water. When he’s not at work, you can find Moe indulging in night photography, stargazing, or reading about astrophysics and astronomy.

Matt Eason

Mobile App Developer

Matt is a talented web and mobile app developer and UI/UX designer with over 7 years of experience working with early stage startups. When not slaving away on his computer, Matt enjoys taking his dog for long walks and playing Magic the Gathering with his wife.

Kysen Leo


Kysen is a Mechanical Engineer with strong Reliability Engineering experience in the automotive industry (Tesla) and consumer electronics industry (Google). His hobbies include gaming, softball, and eating tasty food.

Nicholas Lee

Embedded Systems

Nicholas studied Electrical Engineering at Queen's University, and has held roles ranging from power systems to speech recognition software. He is passionate about designing elegant hardware and firmware solutions to address complex problems for users.

Daniel Cleveland

Daniel graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering and has been working in the medical and consumer electronics industry since. He enjoys a side hustle playing jazz and designing pro-audio equipment for local musicians in Toronto.

executive leadership.

Paul Robinson

Chairman of the Board

join us.

Are you ambitious? Driven? A self-starter? A go-getter? We are looking for people like you to join our all-stars team! At OtO Inc. we are striving to maintain an environment where each employee 1) feels empowered and encouraged to reach their professional goals through competitive advancement opportunities 2) is recognized for their hard work and dedication with benefits and perks from our employee recognition program 3) enjoys working with a dynamic, experienced, innovative, cross-functional team. Like what you see?

a fun, collaborative, supportive environment.

comprehensive health benefits.

in-office or at home. lets talk.

your birthday is YOUR day (off)!

tuition reimbursement.

team events and activities.

be part of something big.

inclusive environment.

snacks, snacks, snacks!

the space.

We’re a startup but we’re in nobody’s basement. We work at an industrial facility with access to state of the art testing equipment (e.g. vibration test equipment, thermal shock chambers, salt fog and mist chambers) and prototyping equipment (3D printers, machining equipment - lathes and mills - high fidelity measurement equipment and microscopes). We are thrilled to have our own warehouse where assembly and packaging takes place, and a testing site where each OtO unit is tested before shipping.

want a seat on this rocket ship? 🚀

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