TEAM

Our team of former SpaceX engineers has collectively spent nearly two decades working on high-altitude balloons. Between us, we've worked at giants like Lockheed Martin and NASA and successful startups like LeoLabs and Lyft. Together, we set a world record in high-altitude ballooning in a flight that took one of our systems from California to Morroco.

Paige Brown, CEO

Paige studied Material Science at Stanford, and has been leading the team that turned into WindBorne since 2017. She won first place at the Intel Science Talent Search, and took that skill to internships at Lockheed Martin and SpaceX. She further gained technical management experience by running the Stanford Student Space Initiative's Balloons team, and has spoken as the face of the project to the FAA, NASA, and industry insiders for years.

Andrey Sushko, CTO

Andrey received undergraduate degrees in Math and Physics from Stanford. He founded the project that would become WindBorne in 2015 and has guided the hardware development and vision of the project since then. He brings fifteen years of hands-on technical expertise and six years of high altitude balloon experience; he worked in sensors R&D at SpaceX for multiple summers and is currently pursuing a PhD in experimental physics at Harvard. He is a Hertz and PD Soros Fellow.

Kai Marshland, Chief Strategy Officer

Kai graduated Stanford with a B.S. in Computer Science. As co-president of the Stanford Student Space Initiative, he led over 300 engineers, and he has been working at early-stage startups since high school. As the first engineer hired at POWr Plugins, he took the company 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. Additionally, he is a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow, a program for rising leaders in the commercial space industry.

John Dean, Autonomy

John graduated Stanford with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He specializes in guidance, navigation, and control of our systems, building off of his experiences at SpaceX and Lyft autonomous vehicles. He led Stanford's first-place winning Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition team in 2017, and also led the Stanford Student Space Initiative as co-president.