Chip Kennedy

Chip Kennedy

Entrepreneur + Product Builder

Hi there, I'm Chip. I build technology that supports people and their communities.

I help startups with technical leadership, product strategy, software architecture, and all the details in-between. I care about creating equity, access, and dignity and I like building products that do the same.

I specialize in:

Technical Leadership + Product Management

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

Marketplace Platform Strategy

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

Product + Data Architecture

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

Stories + Guides

Projects + Engagements

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Guaranteed

Product Advisor + Interim VP of Product Engineering | Healthcare Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management

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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 and Healthcare Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management

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Tastemakers Africa

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

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GoodWerk

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

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Represent

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

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The AgTech-X Digital Community

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

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Collectively

Founder, Director of Studio | Team Management, Product Architecture, 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

→ interim VP of product and engineering @ Stealth Startup 🤫

→ mentor @ Five One Labs 🇮🇶

→ mentor @ Gaza Sky Geeks 🇵🇸

→ advisor, interim chief technology officer @ Periodikal 🧮

→ advisor @ The Amalgamation 🪧

→ former product manager @ Parachute Health 🪂

→ former chief technology officer @ Tastemakers Africa 🌍

→ partner nyc open data week 2018 📈

→ speaker @ impact summit 2018 💡

→ founder and former director of studio @ Collectively 🚀

→ former lead software engineer @ Referrio 📝

→ B.S. computer science @ Case Western Reserve University 🎓

→ former software engineer @ Lean Dog 🐶

→ former paper boy @ The Patriot Ledger 🗞️

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 peoples’ lives.

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These days I’m looking for my next big thing. I’m fascinated by the intersection of public policy and technology and trying to learn everything I can about the space. I work with a portfolio of startups (some listed above, all doing amazingly interesting things) as a part-time product & tech advisor.

In 2021, I worked at Parachute Health and had the privilege of working on and scaling their medical ordering platform for medical facilities, suppliers, manufacturers, and health systems, all to improve patient outcomes.

Pre-pandemic, I was CTO of Tastemakers Africa: a community platform centering Black experiences, Black voices, and Black stories across the world. It was the best startup I’ve had the opportunity to build with (and had the best founder I've had the opportunity to 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.

On the come up, I found my way in the startup world by founding and running a startup studio: Collectively. We brought on extraordinarily talented product designers and software engineers to work with startups, venture capitalists, and accelerators. We built digital products for some amazing mission-driven organizations and even ran discovery sprints for the NYC Mayor's Office. I’m most proud that we created a valuable community at the intersection of impact startups and product freelancers.

Outside of technologist-ing, I'm always (trying to be) training for my next marathon 👟, reading about politics 🇺🇸, and learning cooking from youtube 🍛.

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As a product builder: I think the harder the problem, the better.

I care about clarifying + subdividing challenges, using + 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 product leader: 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 each other, 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

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Photo Credits:

Links

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Represent
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