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

Robert Mott

VP, Hardware

Oliver Dain

Senior Director of Software

Erica Simone

Director of Product Development

Camden Olson

Senior Manager of Animal Behavior & Interaction

Libby Rockaway

Animal Behavior Training Coordinator

Jacob Junker

Embedded Systems Software Engineer

Maggie Kudla

Companion Animal Behavior Coach

Samantha Haeussner

Companion Animal Behavior Coach

Eric Erickson

Senior Software Engineer
Board of directors

Jesse Beyroutey

General Partner, IA Ventures

Benny Buller

Founder & CEO, Velo3D

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

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