Product Builder | Software Engineer | Entrepreneur | Technologist
Hi there, I'm Chip. I build things at the intersection of technology and community. I think tech products and data will make us all better, but we've got work to do to push them in the right direction. I'm a specialist in:
Product + Project Management
Managing and hiring technical teams, user research, brand and product sprints, technical workflows, agile development
Web Products + Platforms
Software and web engineering, mobile-first development, no-code products, test-driven development
Product Data + Analytics
Platform analytics implementation, user data analysis, big data research
Stories + Guides
Startup Product Building 101
Last Updated: Monday, February 8th 2021 My advice for startup founders who are building web and mobile applications and could use some pointers on how to approach the world of product, design, and software engineering. This isn't an in-depth guide on how to build a product without software.
A product-building guide for startup founders
Published: February, 2021
Projects + Engagements
CTO | Product Architecture, Project Management, Software Engineering, Data Science
Project | Software Engineering, Data Science, Congressional Research, Product Architecture
Client Project | Product Architecture, Web Development, Social Community Engagement
Founder, Director of Studio | Team Management, Product Architecture, Community Engagement
Startup Product Studio
Client Project | Web Development, Startup Mentoring, Project Management
The AgTech-X Digital Community
Client Project | Project Management, Brand Consulting, Community Engagement
Media + Interviews
Hatch Storytellers' Series: Chip Kennedy, CTO of Tastemakers Africa
In this episode of the Hatch Storytellers' Series, DigitalOcean VP of Product Apurva Joshi sits down with Tastemakers Africa CTO Chip Kennedy. Chip talks abo...
→ chief technology officer @ Tastemakers Africa 🌍
→ partner nyc open data week 2018 📈
→ former founder and director of studio @ Collectively 🚀
→ former lead software engineer @ Referrio 📝
→ B.S. computer science @ Case Western Reserve University 🎓
→ former software engineer @ Lean Dog 🐶
I've spent 7+ years as a product builder, software engineer, and entrepreneur with a passion of helping startups grow at the intersection of ideas, community, and democracy. I love building products and working with data that helps bring people together.
I had the honor of founding and running a startup studio, Collectively, alongside some of the most talented product designers and software engineers I've ever known. We worked with startups, venture capitalists, accelerators, the NYC Mayor's Office, and many other amazing mission-driven organizations. More than that, we created a true community at the intersection of impact startups and dedicated product freelancers.
I also have been working as the CTO of Tastemakers Africa, a community platform and the best startup (and the best founder) I've had the privilege of running a company with. We built a travel experiences marketplace at scale, created a global virtual community, and brought on fantastic investors - including Precursor Ventures and Flybridge Capital.
Outside of coding, architecting, and consulting, I'm always (trying) to train for my next marathon 👟, I love reading about politics 🇺🇸, and am proudly a youtube-trained wannabe chef 🍛.
These days I'm working with founders and on my own projects (both of which I'm really excited about).
As a software engineer: I think the harder the problem, the better.
I care about breaking down challenges, using and creating data ethically, and creating web products that make us all better. I'm a resourceful nerd who loves focusing on user journey and business goals.
As a CTO: I think a product is only as good as the team behind it.
I care about building products that bring communities together, building teams that challenge and inspire, and scaling up while holding true to mission. I'm a team builder and an empathetic leader.
As a human: I think the internet is a beautiful place, in moderation.
I care about civic engagement, solving systematic societal inequalities, and supporting organizations that work with those who need it most. I'm a critical optimist - never losing appreciation for a challenge, while channeling the innate difficulty into motivation.
Causes I Support
Christmas in the City - A non-profit organization bringing Christmas to sheltered and homeless children in Boston.
We do 100% of everything with volunteers - 15-20 managing the mission year-round, and 2,500 for events - making sure that 100% goes to those we support. Many volunteers were once kids at the party and come back to give back. Our event volunteers return again and again, and many tell us it's the best day of the year.
HOME - KNOCK KNOCK
Socks are the most needed, but least donated articles of clothing to help the homeless. We aim to break down stigmas and help those in need by sharing socks
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank works passionately to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing our neighbors in need the healthy food they and resources they need to thrive. As the demand for food during the COVID-19 crisis continues to rise, GBFB remains committed to our mission.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's online guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.