We Connect the World's Oceans

To provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

Our Mission

We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

Core Values

  1. Team First: We win together. Respect and help others, always.
  2. Oceans Next: If we choose between more profit or a better ocean, we choose ocean. We have only one planet.
  3. Challenge with Heart: Vocal about ideas, open to other’s ideas, listen, discuss, and commit.
  4. Ship for Opportunity - Pragmatic perfection. Build for the mission.

Creating Technology with a Purpose

Oceans are the life-support system of our planet. They control our weather, create the air we breathe, and provide much of the food we eat. Yet our oceans remain largely unexplored and misunderstood. This lack of awareness leads to mismanagement of natural resources and limits our ability to predict both local ocean weather and global climate. Over nearly a decade, the team at Sofar Ocean has been looking to change this.

2012 — OpenROV Founded

OpenROV began with a Kickstarter project in 2012. Starting with DIY kits for hobbyists, the company pioneered a revolution in low-cost ROV designs that continues today. They followed up with the original kits with Trident, the first truly accessible underwater drone. In addition to the tools, OpenROV fostered a community of citizen scientists that lives on the forums as well as the Open Explorer expedition site.

2016 — Spoondrift Founded

2016 — SpoondrIn 2016 the Spoondrift team set out to democratize access to ocean data by developing ocean sensing platforms designed for usability and accessibility. Supported by ARPA-E and the Office of Naval Research, Spoondrift developed Spotter, a solar-powered and worldwide-connected ocean sensing platform, integrated into a user dashboard for real-time data access and two-way communication. Spoondrift launched Spotter in 2017, which was quickly adopted by ocean scientists, professionals, and enthusiasts world-wide, to create a borderless ocean data network.ift Founded

2019 — Sofar Founded

Finding a common mission and complementary team skill set, Spoondrift and OpenROV merged to form Sofar and accelerate a future with better tools to understand and explore the ocean. The mission of the company is to create pervasive sensor networks to understand and monitor ocean environments and provide critical data for ocean enthusiasts, industry, and conservation.

Meet our team

Tim Janssen, PhD

Co-founder & CEO

Pieter Smit, PhD

Head of Ocean Research

Evan Shapiro

Co-founder & CTO

David Lang

Co-founder & VP of Business Development

Peter Rive


Cameron Dunning

Head of Operations

Thomas Portwood

Senior Software Engineer

Sebastien Boulay

Director of Business Development

Jonsen Carmack

Product Manager

Johnathan Huang

Head of Production

David Clark, PhD

Data Scientist

Chris Ayan

Director of Marketing & Sales

Zack Johnson

Field Operations Lead

Genton Mo

Firmware Engineer

Mike Fugrad-Hill

Mechanical Engineer

Nicholas Raymond

Product Engineer

Sarah Brennan

Electrical Engineer

Mike Sosa

Software Engineer

Oran Arms

Business Development Manager

Yang Liu

Software Engineer

Rodney Mohler

Product Support Technician

Jay Jin

Production Engineer

Conor Randall

Customer Support Representative

Sam Kronick

Lead Software Engineer

Isabel Houghton, PhD

Data Scientist

Dominik Fretz

Software Engineer

Camille Teicheira

Software Engineer

Shik Sundar

VP of Sales

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