About us

Companion develops technology that automatically trains dogs to high levels using machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and state of the art reward-based training. Our products create high-quality solutions to the most pressing dog training and welfare issues for professional working dog businesses, boarding facilities, trainers and consumers. The Companion team includes world-class technologists, animal welfare experts, researchers, and entrepreneurs. We’ve partnered with the SF SPCA, Google, and top tier venture investors to bring a new category of products to the world.

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Our team

John Honchariw

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Shannon McClenaghan

President & Chief Operating Officer

Tim Genske

VP Engineering

Camden Olson

Program Manager

Libby Rockaway

Animal Behavior Training Coordinator

Jacob Junker

Embedded Systems Software Engineer

Gina Fisher

Senior Animal Behavior Coach

Oliver Dain

Director of Machine Learning

Erica Simone

Director of Product Development
Board of directors

Ben Jacobs

Head of Ventures and Partnerships, Mars Petcare Kinship

Jesse Beyroutey

General Partner, IA Ventures

John Honchariw

Companion's Founder & CEO
Board of advisors

Ken Ramirez

EVP & Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Marty Becker

DVM, Founder of Fear Free

Leila Takayama

Associate Professor of Human-Robot Interaction Researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Alexandra Protopopova

Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare at The University of British Columbia

Evan MacLean

Asst. Professor at the University of Arizona and Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center

Erica Feuerbacher

Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Behavior and Welfare at Virginia Tech

Subutai Ahmad

VP Research at Numenta

Paul Mundell

Former CEO, Canine Companions for Independence

Ben Tseng

VC / Product leader

Jeff Linnell

Chief Executive Officer at Formant

Sol Lipman

EVP Product at Owlcam

Ken Conley

Advisor

Andre Neumann-Loreck

Founder and Managing Partner at On Tap Consulting

Simon Prins

ACT! Animal Consulting & Training
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