Chip Kennedy

Chip Kennedy

Digital Product Builder

Hi there, I'm Chip. Iโ€™m a digital product leader and technologist with a mission to create products and systems that support people, their health, and their communities. I care about creating equity, access, and dignity and I like building products that do the same.

Overall: I care about, work on, teach, and advise folks on:

  • Digital Product Strategy
  • Technology and Digital Health Policy
  • Startup Product, Engineering, and Data Architecture

Stories + Guides

Projects + Engagements


Guaranteed Health

VP of Product and Engineering | Digital Health Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management


Parachute Health

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


NYC Office of Technology and Innovation

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


Tastemakers Africa

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



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


The Amalgamation

Product Advisor | Marketplace and Product Strategy, Product Architecture



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



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


Agritecture + AgTech-X

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


Justice for Kurds

Client Workshop + 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


โ†’ former VP of product and engineering @ Guaranteed Health ๐Ÿง‘โ€โš•๏ธ

โ†’ mentor @ Five One Labs ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ

โ†’ mentor @ Gaza Sky Geeks ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ

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

โ†’ advisor @ The Amalgamation ๐Ÿชง

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

โ†’ caregiver to my Dad, ALS patient

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

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

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

โ†’ caregiver to my Uncle, long-term brain tumor survivor

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

โ†’ former paper boy @ The Patriot Ledger ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ

About Me

I've spent 8+ years as an entrepreneur, product builder, and software engineer with a passion of helping startups grow their platforms, ideas, and communities.

These days Iโ€™m focused on digital health product strategy. Iโ€™m fascinated by the intersection of technology, healthcare, and public policy and looking to exchange ideas with those across the space.

Currently, Iโ€™m with Guaranteed Health. Weโ€™re a care company that makes tough moments easier with a mission to change how the healthcare system treats the dying and the grieving. I lead healthcare product, engineering, and technology strategy and execution.

In 2021, I worked at Parachute Health where I 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 Iโ€™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. Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ, reading about politics ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, and learning cooking from youtube ๐Ÿ›.


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

I care about clarifying + subdividing challenges, using + creating data ethically, and creating products that make us all better. I'm a resourceful nerd who loves focusing on user journey and business goals.


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.


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.



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


Notion Icons from NuttLabs


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