Chip Kennedy

Chip Kennedy

Entrepreneur + Product Builder

Hi there, I'm Chip. I like building technology that supports community, democracy, and social justice.

I help startups with technical leadership, product strategy, software architecture, and all the details in-between. If youโ€™re a startup looking for product x engineering support, an entrepreneur looking to scale a new idea, or just want to talk startup tech - feel free get in touch ๐Ÿ‘‡

I specialize in:

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Technical Leadership + Product Management

Technical hiring + management, product roadmaps, product + design sprints, product + technical workflows

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Marketplace Platform Strategy

Software and platform architecture, marketplace strategy and engineering; web tool/workflow strategy and engineering

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Product + Data Architecture

Software architecture, big data research, platform user analytics, data modeling

Stories + Guides

Projects + Engagements

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Periodikal

Product Advisor + Interim CTO | SaaS Product Strategy, Wireframe Prototyping, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management

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Parachute Health

Product Manager | Marketplace Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management

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Tastemakers Africa

CTO | Marketplace Strategy, Product Architecture, Project Management, Software Engineering, Data Science

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Represent

Project | Software Engineering, Data Science, Congressional Research, Product Architecture

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GoodWerk

Client Engagement | Product Architecture, Web Development, Social Community Engagement

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Collectively

Founder, Director of Studio | Team Management, Product Architecture, Mission + Brand Consulting, Community Engagement

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The AgTech-X Digital Community

Client Engagement | Project Management, Mission + Brand Consulting, Community Engagement

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Justice for Kurds

Client Engagement | Product Management, Theatre Operations, Mission + Brand Consulting, Community Engagement

Media + Interviews

Featured Interview: Digital Ocean Hatch Storytellers Series | Web Summit 2019
Panelist: CWRU Spartans Step Up Series, Future of Travel

Resume

โ†’ mentor @ Five One Labs ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ

โ†’ mentor @ Gaza Sky Geeks ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ

โ†’ advisor, interim chief technology officer @ Periodikal ๐Ÿงฎ

โ†’ advisor @ The Amalgamation ๐Ÿชง

โ†’ former product manager @ Parachute Health ๐Ÿช‚

โ†’ former chief technology officer @ Tastemakers Africa ๐ŸŒ

โ†’ partner nyc open data week 2018 ๐Ÿ“ˆ

โ†’ speaker @ impact summit 2018 ๐Ÿ’ก

โ†’ former founder and director of studio @ Collectively ๐Ÿš€

โ†’ former lead software engineer @ Referrio ๐Ÿ“

โ†’ B.S. computer science @ Case Western Reserve University ๐ŸŽ“

โ†’ former software engineer @ Lean Dog ๐Ÿถ

About Me

I've spent 8+ years as an entrepreneur, product builder, and software engineer with a passion of helping startups grow at the intersection of ideas, community, and democracy. I love building products and working with data that improves peoplesโ€™ lives.

I worked as a product manager with the team at Parachute Health. I had the privilege of working on and scaling Parachuteโ€™s medical ordering platform for medical facilities, suppliers, manufacturers, and health systems, all to improve patient outcomes.

I was CTO of Tastemakers Africa, a community platform and the best startup (and the best founder) I've run 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.

I also 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.

Outside of coding, architecting, and consulting, I'm always (trying) to train for my next marathon ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ, I love reading about politics ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, and am proudly a youtube-trained wannabe chef ๐Ÿ›.

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As a product manager and 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.

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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.

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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

Hollie was a good friend to projects and companies I've worked with and a truly amazing individual. I believe that companies have a responsibility to support the local and online communities around them and Digital Ocean practices this responsibility well.
A dedicated and uniquely amazing non-profit bringing socks, connection, and attention to communities in need across New York City. Their mission, social media, and daily work is an important reminder for us all to get to know our neighbors.

Credits

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My avatar is from Naddya Adhiambo Oluoch-Olunya from Nalo Studios (@nalostudios)

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Notion Icons from NuttLabs

Links

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