Makani Team
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Makani’s mission is to create kites that harness energy efficiently from the wind.

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Curious, data-driven pioneers

We are curious, data-driven pioneers working on unsolved problems in a fast-paced team environment. Balance is imperative to our success—we value both precise and big picture thinkers; deep specialists and broad generalists; and we work hard and have fun. We believe our best work is done when we are serious about the work, but don't take ourselves too seriously in the process.

Curious, data-driven pioneers
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Care for our planet

We are engineers, sailors, physicists, pilots, artists, tinkerers, and more, but what brings us together is our belief that we can be a part of a long-term solution that eliminates the need for carbon in energy production. We are actively focused on designing, building, and testing energy kites in response to our ever-changing world.

Care for our planet
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Strong foundations

Makani was founded in 2006 by Corwin Hardham, Don Montague and Saul Griffith with the goal of developing a low-cost renewable energy solution using kite technology. Initial funding came from Google.org as part of its RE<C program. Makani joined X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, in 2013.

Strong foundations
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As part of X, Makani is advancing the global adoption of renewable energy by developing airborne wind power technology.

Part of a moonshot factory
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Part of a moonshot factory

X, an innovation lab at Alphabet, works to develop and de-risk early-stage technologies and turn them into products that can be the foundation for large, sustainable businesses. One of the problems that X is most determined to address is decarbonization—to try and reduce the world’s carbon emissions and slow the rate of climate change. Makani is one of the moonshots in this space.

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Join us

We're looking for teammates who are highly motivated to work on big problems that have never been solved before, to make this world a better place for everyone. Interested?