Cofounder & President at Dandelion Energy
Kathy is an Unreasonable Fellow. Kathy was part of Unreasonable Impact Americas 2020.
Kathy Hannun is the Co-Founder and President of Dandelion Energy, the largest home geothermal company in the U.S. Dandelion uses high-performance equipment and a proprietary, low-cost installation process to transition homeowners from fossil-powered to earth-powered heating and cooling. Prior to Dandelion, Kathy was a Rapid Evaluator at X, Alphabet's innovation lab, where she focused on finding 'Moonshots,' business opportunities to harness technology for large scale positive impact.
Kathy founded Dandelion as an X project and then launched it into an independent startup company in May 2017. Dandelion has since raised $35MM in funding from top VCs, set a new standard for geothermal quality and cost effectiveness, and enabled homeowners to avoid over 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and counting. The company has partnered with Con Edison utility to promote heat pumps as an alternative to gas heating and successfully advocated for increased policy support for heat pumps throughout the northeast. In addition, Dandelion has increased public awareness of the benefits of ground source heat pumps through stories in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fast Company, Wired, Bloomberg, Techcrunch and many others.
Kathy graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science. She has been recognized as a TED Fellow, one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, as one of MIT Tech Review's '35 Innovators Under 35' and the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized her contributions with a C3E Award.