TEAM

Our team of former SpaceX engineers has collectively spent nearly two decades developing our technology. Between us, we've worked at giants like Lockheed Martin and NASA and successful startups like LeoLabs and Lyft.
From left to right:

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. He is a Hertz and PD Soros Fellow.

Kai Marshland

Chief Product Officer

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. Additionally, he is a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow, a program for rising leaders in the commercial space industry.

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. She is a Thiel Fellow.

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 like Kai also led the Stanford Student Space Initiative as co-president.