WindBorne Balloon


Our team of former SpaceX engineers has been developing our technology since it started as a Stanford research project in 2015. Between us, we've worked at giants like IBM and NASA and successful startups like LeoLabs and Lyft.

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John Dean

Founder & CEO

John graduated Stanford with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has acted in a variety of technical leadership roles. He honed his technical communication skills as a TA for Convex Optimization and ran Stanford's largest hands-on engineering student group as co-president of the Stanford Student Space Initiative. His skills are rooted in deep engineering experience from Merlin engine electronics at SpaceX and autonomous vehicles at Lyft.

Dr. Andrey Sushko

Founder & CTO

Andrey earned a Harvard PhD in Physics as well as two undergraduate Stanford degrees in Physics and Math. He founded the project that would become WindBorne in 2015 and has guided the technology ever since. He brings ten years of high altitude balloon experience and fifteen years of hands-on technical expertise; he worked in sensors R&D at SpaceX for multiple summers. He is a Hertz and PD Soros Fellow.

Kai Marshland


Kai graduated Stanford with a B.S. in Computer Science. He has been working at early-stage startups since high school. As the first engineer hired at POWr Plugins, he took it from thousands to millions of users; he's also built infrastructure for terabytes of space debris data as one of LeoLabs' earliest employees, and optimized the data pipeline for astronaut controls at SpaceX.

Todd Hutchinson

Director of Meteorology

With over 25 years of experience in development of weather applications, Todd has extensive technical experience developing and implementing operational numerical weather prediction systems. At IBM, he led the development of IBM GRAF, and has 15 years of experience managing teams and conveying weather information to consumers and businesses.

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