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.

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 led Stanford's first-place winning Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition team in 2017 and became co-president of the Stanford Student Space Initiative, Stanford's largest hands-on engineering student group. He also participated in the NSF innovation corps, and brings technical experience from SpaceX and Lyft autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Andrey Sushko

Founder & CTO

Andrey received undergraduate degrees in Math and Physics from Stanford and a PhD in Physics from Harvard. 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. 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.