OceanComm, Inc. 

Company Description 

OceanComm enables high-speed wireless connectivity underwater, offering orders of magnitude improvement in data rate. Legacy underwater wireless modems take about an hour to transfer a single picture, OceanComm modems can live-stream video. Today, underwater vehicles require a tethered link to a manned ship for remote control. Our modems eliminate the need for manned surface support and instead allow operators to work at a safe distance or from shore reducing cost by over 50%. 

Short Job Description 

OceanComm spun out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, is based in Chicago, and has been boot-strapped off more than $7M in contracts to date. Think of the technology as the equivalent of Wi-Fi for undersea, but with more range. To make this possible, we use sound waves, as whales and dolphins do, rather than radio waves. The ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the cost of performing work in the ocean and, with most of the deep sea still unexplored, expand human access on Earth’s final frontier. The company is currently focused on the maritime defense and security sector with contracts from ONR, DARPA, DIU, and NAVSEA, but looks to expand to other sectors such as offshore energy and is beginning the rollout of its first commercial modem. 

OceanComm is seeking an entrepreneur to identify the initial commercial and government markets for their underwater wireless modem. This position must be able to develop a robust value proposition and competitive landscape based on customer discovery, perform a financial analysis should OceanComm enter the target market, and contribute to a manufacturing scale-up plan to begin to take the modem to market. The candidate should have experience in business development and manufacturing for early-stage technology companies in either underwater acoustics, underwater vehicles, or offshore energy. This role will work directly with the company’s executive team to ensure that any opportunities identified can quickly be explored and scoped out. This is a part-time position that is remote-friendly with the possibility of growing into a full-time leadership position at OceanComm. 

Hydronet Inc.

Company Description

Hydronet is developing the first software-defined underwater networking technology which will allow for reliable and high-speed wireless underwater connectivity between fixed and moving assets. Hydronet was founded by leading experts in telecommunications in complex environments after 15 years of research at Northeastern University.

Job Description

Hydronet is looking for a business development lead who will directly report to the founders and will be responsible for refining the business strategy and creating a go-to-market plan. They will define the beachhead markets, interact with customers to develop an understanding of the voice of the customer, and talk to potential investors to help raise future rounds. The responsibilities of the business development lead may include:

  • Researching the market and industry trends to define target markets, understand market dynamics and drivers, and understand requirements for adoption of the technology within such markets.
  • Meet with technical team to translate customer needs into well-defined product requirements.
  • Meet with potential investors to promote the business opportunity and aid in securing further funding for the company
  • Creating sales and funding pitches

A good candidate for this role must have proven working experience in business development associated to the blue economy. Additional business development experience in DoD-related technologies is desirable. The candidate must also have some experience in product management and taking a new technology to market.

This is a part-time role with the opportunity to turn into a full-time leadership position within Hydronet. Remote work is acceptable.

Raytheon – BBN

Research funded by DARPA

Company Description

Raytheon BBN solves real-world problems through research, exploration, development, and prototyping. Building on DARPA-funded research, Raytheon BBN is developing a tool suite to automatically classify traffic anywhere in an organization’s network, preserving high-priority flow and increasing quality-of-service metrics all without affecting non-enterprise traffic. Applying AI techniques to network management, Raytheon BBN ensures mission-critical information is communicated and preserved, delivering the right information to the right user at the right time. 

Short Job Description

Raytheon BBN is searching for a product management leader who will be responsible for developing a robust strategic business plan to transition technologies to defense and commercial markets. They will embed with the development team to accelerate and catalyze the transition of the technology by developing a go to market strategy, identifying high level product concepts and a unique value proposition for the technology, structuring a minimal viable product (MVP) development plan and roadmap, and will be a strategic partner when demoing the technology to early adopters. Prior experience as a technology entrepreneur or technology/business leader within an internet service provider, content delivery network, or cloud computing organization will be beneficial to the role. 

This role will initially be a part-time, contractor role with the opportunity to grow into a full-time, leadership position. Remote work is acceptable.