Unlocking ocean data for science, society, and industry.

What We Do
Sofar connects the world's oceans to power a more sustainable future. Sofar unlocks ocean data at scale. We deployed hundreds of Spotters globally to create the world’s largest privately-owned network of ocean sensors that collects 1.5 million real-time observations daily. Our team of ocean scientists assimilates this real-time data into our marine weather forecasts, which are up to 50% more accurate than traditional models.

In maritime shipping, we use these high-accuracy forecasts and vessel performance models to provide optimized guidance and save ships time, fuel, and emissions. We also equip researchers, operators, and innovators with our devices and data to power marine research and sustainable commercial solutions. Customers access data from our global sensor network and deploy our extensible Spotter platform to collect real-time surface and subsurface observations.

Sofar’s team of engineers, ocean scientists, and business professionals is based in San Francisco, California.
Our Values
Oceans First
We have one planet. If we have to choose between more profit or better oceans, we choose the ocean.
Grab an Oar
We pride ourselves on being proactive, taking responsibility, and always making things better.
Team Wins
We can only accomplish this mission together. Respect and help others, always.
Challenge with Heart
Vocal but open to others’ ideas. Listen, discuss, and commit.
Ship for Impact
Build for the mission, be pragmatic, and move fast. Ocean health can’t wait.


Founding Team

Headshot Tim Janssen Co-founder
Tim Janssen, PhD
Co-Founder and CEO
Headshot Evan Shapiro Co-founder
Evan Shapiro
Co-Founder and CTO

Leadership Team

Headshot Shik Sundar
Shik Sundar
VP of Sales
Headshot Cameron Dunning
Cameron Dunning
Head of Finance and Legal
Shireen Khan
Head of People
Headshot Pieter Smit
Pieter Smit, PhD
Head of Ocean Research
David Benudis
Head of Revenue Operations
Amanda Roberts
Head of Marketing
Josh MacAdam
Head of Digital Product & Engineering
Headshot Peter Rive, Chairman
Peter Rive

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