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Business Development Manager. Come join our clean air mission!

Smart Air India is looking for a marketing and business enthusiast, committed to our mission to educate the public about air pollution, social entrepreneurship, and creating positive social change. Do you have marketing knowledge or experience growing meaningful social projects? Come join a fast-growing social enterprise of people lowering the cost of clean air and spreading the knowledge that the science behind air purifiers is simple enough that even kids can build their own.

About Smart Air

Smart Air is a social enterprise and certified B Corp that ships low-cost, empirically tested air purifiers to help people all over India afford to breathe clean.
Our goal is simple: we want everyone facing polluted air to know that there’s no need to spend tens of thousands of rupees to protect their health. We do that by providing low-cost purifiers backed by open data and by holding workshops where we teach people the simple science behind air purifiers.

Former Fullbright scholar Thomas Talhelm founded Smart Air in 2013 while coughing through an “airpocalypse” in Beijing. Since then, Smart Air has shipped over 40,000 purifiers and have held more than 200 workshops across China, India, Mongolia, and beyond. Smart Air India launched in 2015 and is hiring positions in operations and strategy. Learn more about our work and values at This article in Forbes and this video on the BBC explain Smart Air well!

Job Description & Tasks

• Generate new business leads for our B2B projects and identify the potential clean-air-breathers
• Bring an understanding of the marketplace and competitor offerings to drive the company’s growth strategy and investments
• Create high-impact strategies and business plans for Smart Air’s growth and development
• Assist in day-to-day running of Smart Air
• Develop strategies for more effective sales, both individually and as a part of a team
• Teach people about purifiers and host educational workshops


We are looking for smart, motivated people who can succeed in unstructured and highly rewarding situations. Prior skills in education, marketing, and start-ups are a plus, but not requirement. Our best team members find passion in the mission of helping people breathe clean air, rather than trying solely to create profits.


We’re looking for someone based in New Delhi or willing to relocate. Fluency in English is mandatory, and proficiency in Hindi would be awesome, but not required. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from. We’d need a commitment of at least a year, with preference given to those willing to work longer and help grow the business.
• Team-orientation, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently
• Entrepreneurial style, with an enthusiasm for working in a growing, non-hierarchical team
• Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, and flexible to meet team needs
• Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree (e.g., Master of Business Administration) is a bonus.


Smart Air is a small social enterprise. We keep our margins as low as possible so that we can help more people afford clean air. The world doesn’t need yet another company trying to pump people for insane profits for clean air. That means we can’t offer huge salaries, but compensation is competitive and based on experience.

How to Apply

Send an email with your CV and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with us to [email protected] If you are passionate about Smart Air’s mission of offering affordable clean air to help lead the way. Come join us!

That’s it! Looking forward to hearing from you and please feel free to pass this job description to friends who you think might be interested. Breathe safe!

Smart Air Installs Custom HVAC Air Purification System at The University of Chicago Center in Delhi

The Problem

The University of Chicago Center in Delhi contacted Smart Air during the summer of 2016 to design and install a purification system in their 17,000 square foot office located in central Delhi. Despite it’s great location, the U Chicago Center had a problem of high particulate matter inside the building. Like love, air pollution knows no boundaries and affects rich and poor alike. Adding to the problem, there is a multi-story parking garage behind this building that generates a lot of vehicle pollution.

The Building Situation

U Chicago wanted to purify their air using their central air system, rather than installing multiple standalone purifiers around the office. Standalone purifiers are often cheaper, but they take up space. Smart Air designed a system that could be hidden in the false ceiling of the building and integrated into the air conditioning system the building already had.

The Design

Smart Air’s engineering team designed a custom purifier system. The office already had an air conditioning system, but it was taking polluted air from the outside, cooling it, and distributing it throughout the building. That meant the first job was to purify the incoming air.

Smart Air built a custom air purification unit with HEPA filters and installed it at the inlet duct of the air conditioning system. This made sure that clean air was getting into the air conditioning system.

Another issue was that polluted outdoor air leaks into the office around doors and windows. To tackle this problem, Smart Air installed another large purifier in the ceiling to continuously clean the inside air. This entire setup is hidden and works silently behind the scenes.

Here is the entire story in pictures:


Does it Work?

Smart Air tested the air in the building before and after installing the purifier system. Smart Air has also published open-data comparison tests of these air quality monitors against the US government gold standard PM2.5 detectors, so we know they are accurate. In the morning before the purifiers were installed, indoor air was at 39 micrograms. The World Health Organization’s annual safety limit is 10 micrograms!

After all the work was done, the air inside got down to a pristine 3 micrograms:

When we visited again in 2017, we compared indoor and outdoor air. Even with lots of people coming and going from the office, indoor air had just 25% of the particulates of outdoor air.

We also provided U Chicago with an air quality monitor so they can track their air quality.

The Cost

Smart Air believes that if most people saw the data behind purifiers, they wouldn’t pay hundreds of thousands of Rupees for clean air. Air purifier technology is simple—fans and HEPA filters. But big companies charge high fees because many people are scared and don’t understand how air purifiers work. Smart Air is a social enterprise that is dedicated to open data and transparent testing. Because of our social mission (and because we cut out the distributor and retail middlemen), Smart Air can design top-notch purifier systems at half the cost of purely for-profit companies.


Fill out this form to see what Smart Air can do for the air in your office, school, or business.

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