About us

Companion develops technology that automatically engages and trains dogs using machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and state of the art reward-based training. Our products create high-quality, in-home solutions for busy pet parents and caregivers. 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

Oliver Dain

VP Technology

Erynn Tomlinson

VP Digital Product Development

Eric Erickson

Senior Software Engineer

Camden Olson

Senior Manager of Animal Behavior & Interaction

Libby Rockaway

Senior Manager Customer Experience

Patrick Mihelich

Principal Engineer

Evey Neely

Senior Software Engineer

Gregor Berkowitz


Samantha Haeussner

Dog & Customer Experience Manager

Maggie Kudla

Dog & Customer Experience Manager
Board of directors

Benny Buller

Founder & CEO, Velo3D

John Honchariw

Companion's Founder & CEO

Lerer Hippeau

Board of advisors

Ken Ramirez

EVP & Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Marty Becker

DVM, Founder of Fear Free

Dr. Mike McFarland

Chief Medical Officer, Zoetis

Paul Mundell

Former CEO, Canine Companions for Independence

Ben Jacobs

Partner at Atmosphere | Co-Founder at Whistle, Modern Animal, Joylab

Andrew Bleiman

EVP North America, Tractive

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

Ed Shelton

Former Head Of New Product Innovation, Dyson

Subutai Ahmad

VP Research at Numenta

Ben Tseng

VC / Product leader

Jeff Linnell

Chief Executive Officer at Formant

Sol Lipman

EVP Product at Owlcam

Ken Conley


Andre Neumann-Loreck

Founder and Managing Partner at On Tap Consulting

Simon Prins

ACT! Animal Consulting & Training