WindBorne Balloon

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If you're a great meteorologist or engineer, or just plain talented, we want to hire you. See below for more information on WindBorne & the open roles.

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Our Team

John Dean

Co-Founder & CEO

John dropped out of Stanford’s electrical engineering master’s program to co-found WindBorne in 2019. At WindBorne, he has leveraged his background in machine learning and convex optimization to build AI weather forecasts and autonomous balloon flight software. As an undergrad, John served as co-president of the Stanford Space Initiative, the student group that gave rise to WindBorne. Before WindBorne, he worked on Falcon 9 main engine controls at SpaceX and autonomous systems at Lyft.

Dr. Andrey Sushko

Co-Founder & CTO

Andrey started the project that became WindBorne as a math and physics undergrad at Stanford in 2015. He has led WindBorne’s technology and R&D ever since. Andrey has 15 years of experience engineering custom integrated sensor, electrical, mechanical, and software systems, driven by a passion for miniaturization. Before WindBorne, he worked on sensors R&D at SpaceX and earned his PhD in Experimental Physics at Harvard as a Hertz and PD Soros Fellow.

Kai Marshland

Co-Founder & CPO

Kai leads product at WindBorne, where he oversees the company’s live data software and forecast offerings. Kai, who earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford, has been working at early-stage startups since high school. He helped scale website plugin library POWr Plugins (since acquired) to millions of users as the company’s first engineer. Kai has also built complex data infrastructure at several aerospace companies including SpaceX, where he optimized data pipelines for astronaut controls, and LeoLabs, where he managed terabytes of space debris data as an early employee.

Todd Hutchinson

Director of Meteorology

Todd has more than 25 years of experience developing innovative weather applications and communicating such technology to consumers, meteorological communities, and businesses around the world. He has deep technical experience building and implementing trusted operational numerical weather prediction systems, including leading the development of IBM’s global weather model IBM GRAF. Todd is based in Arlington, Mass. and holds an MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
A WindBorne balloon near sunset

Working at WindBorne

WindBorne Systems is supercharging weather forecasts by fusing our unique proprietary data source, captured though our constellation of next-generation, smart weather balloons, with groundbreaking deep learning modeling. We’re on a mission to solve environmental and weather uncertainty to help humanity mitigate and adapt to the most immediately destructive aspects of climate change. From better predicting severe weather to accelerating the adoption of renewables, we’re committed to unlocking the Earth’s intelligence to make the world safer and more sustainable.

Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere

Our work

WindBorne’s platform has five years of proven, global operations. We secured our first million-dollar contract within a year of our founding and have consistently grown our revenue and customer base since. We supply critical weather observations to a number of federal agencies, including NOAA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and are currently expanding into commercial. We also collaborate with international meteorological agencies and researchers globally.

Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere
A balloon being filled

Looking forward

Over the next year, we are scaling our atmospheric coverage and building new AI-based products to meet the demands of current and future public and private sector customers. From expanding our environmental sensors, to increasing the efficiency and precision of our autonomous balloons, we’re committed to augmenting our capacity to meet market demands without sacrificing our quality or innovation. We’re currently expanding our diverse, mission-driven team with our latest funding to do just that. See our open positions below.

Current openings

Business Development Lead

WindBorne Systems is seeking to expand our Business Development team to play a key role in accelerating our government sales growth and commercial go-to-market strategy. You will be responsible for identifying and pursuing new sales opportunities, as well as managing and expanding our existing customer relationships. You will work closely with our Head of Proposals and Capture to submit to new opportunities as well as our engineering, manufacturing, and operations teams to ensure that our products meet customer needs.

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Numerical Weather Prediction Scientist

WindBorne is seeking a Numerical Weather Prediction Scientist to contribute to the improvement of weather forecasting and climate analyses. As a member of the weather team, you will incorporate WindBorne’s unique state-of-the-art weather balloon constellation observations into the most advanced weather prediction systems. You’ll work with our entire team of scientists, engineers and flight controllers to influence the collection and use of observations from start to finish, beginning with balloon flight and ending with insights to help consumers, businesses and governments adapt to changing weather and climate.

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