About Us

Our Mission, Vision & Values

Mission: To provide the most accurate, predictive and meaningful sickness forecast in the world.

Vision: We envision a world in which Sickweather’s responsible and open curation of both clinical and anecdotal sickness data will create a singular, trusted global health surveillance system for the purpose of reducing healthcare costs and decelerating the spread of illness.

Values: To respect each other and our company with transparency and honesty. To never rest on our laurels or make assumptions about things we don't know. To always iterate and evaluate our products and services. To respect our users' privacy and the privacy of the users whose data we collect. And to never use perfect attendance as the measure of good health.

Press & Honors

Sickweather has been honored among "100 Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine, "Top 5 Sites Crowdsourcing For Your Health" by George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, and has been featured on the Today Show, TIME Magazine, NPR, CTV News, BBC, NBC News, FOX, ABC, CBS, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Lifehacker, CNET, ZDNet, Discovery Channel and Fast Company, to name a few.

Our Team

From left to right: John Erck, Michael Belt, Graham Dodge, James Sajor and Zephrin Lasker of Sickweather.

Graham Dodge, Co-Founder & CEO
Graham is an entrepreneur with diverse experience in design, marketing and business development. In 1998, he was a member of the team that created the first online Crime Map, a visualization of aggregate crime data for the web portal Crime.com. Throughout his career he has worked in varying capacities for such brands as GlaxoSmithKline, Discovery, GEICO, AOL & MTV. He is a board member of PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, an independent affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, that provides services for medically fragile kids. He was named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi/BOLD, and featured among Broadband for America's "Faces of Innovation."

James Sajor, Co-Founder & COO
James is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. and has held positions in team leadership, marketing, public relations, management, and performance in the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry. In the Aftermarket Automotive Industry, he was COO of ESX Motorsports, which he helped grow from a garage-based business to a multi-million dollar company with national distribution. He was responsible for the daily operations, securing sponsorships for racecars, fund allocations, as well as building, 'The World's Quickest and Fastest Subarus' for Subaru of America.

Michael Belt, Co-Founder & CTO
Michael is a software developer with over 15 years of experience. He has worked on a number of high-profile public projects such as back-end development for Educate.com, Nature.com, and LoanOfficer.com, sites for National Institute of Health and Johns Hopkins University, and intranets for Honda, Acura, BMW, Audi, Mini, as well as boutique sites for several privately owned businesses. Michael has been a featured speaker at several technology events, including Ernst & Young's 2012 Life Sciences Summit.

John Erck, Lead iOS Developer
John is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and former Business Analyst at Cargill. When he's not writing code, he likes to surf.

Bogdan Rau, MPH, Lead Data Scientist & Epidemiologist
Bogdan is a Master of Public Health - Epidemiology graduate from San Diego University. He is well-versed in data analysis, study design, international health, and chronic disease. A techie at heart with solid knowledge of SAS, SPSS, ArcGIS, and distributed GIServices.

Zephrin Lasker, Product Advisor, Board Member & Growth Hacker
Zephrin is a serial entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups. He is the founding partner at Edge Drop Labs, an early stage incubator focused on hands-on product development and growth hacking. He was CEO and Co-founder at Pontiflex, a leading mobile ad platform with over 80 million users now majority owned by Blackstone. He has advised major private equity firms and venture capital firms on investments and strategy. Zephrin’s background includes operational experience in mobile platforms, digital ads, e-commerce and self-serve systems development.

Our Advisors

Mark Dredze, PhD
Mark is a research scientist and assistant research professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (COE) and with the Center for Speech and Language Processing (CLSP). Over the years he has worked at a variety of industrial research labs, including Google, IBM and Microsoft. His research focuses on applications of statistical machine learning (artificial intelligence) to natural language processing and medical informatics. His published research with student Michael Paul includes, "You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health" and "A Model for Mining Public Health Topics from Twitter".

Michael Paul
Michael is a 2nd year PhD student of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research and publications with Professor Mark Dredze have included "You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health" and "A Model for Mining Public Health Topics from Twitter", which have been featured in GigaOM, CNET and Popular Mechanics (to name a few). His background includes natural language processing, text mining, and machine learning. In 2011, he interned with the Relevance Team at Twitter.