Chip Kennedy

Chip Kennedy

Founder | Digital Product Builder

I’m a social entrepreneur and digital product builder. My mission is to build great big things that serve the builders, the users, communities, and society. I care about building (and helping others build) tech that brings more equity, access, and dignity.

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How to (not) Build Alone: Leveraging Your Network as a Solo Founder | Published May 2024
Where do I start? Advice for new (and seasoned) entrepreneurs | Presented June 2023



The Amalgamation

🏛️ Government Tech

Product Advisor | Marketplace and Product Strategy, Product Architecture

🌐 Underutilized Small Business Collective

📰 Triangle Biz Journal: Startup's plan to get more contracts to minorities? Form a collective

📰 Fall 2022 Impact Partner Grant Winner


Guaranteed Health

🥼 Digital Health

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

🌐 Hybrid End of Life Healthcare

🎧 Podcast: The human side of technology with Chip Kennedy of Guaranteed Health

📚 How To Do Technology Better in Healthcare

📰 Axios: Exclusive: Guaranteed a dignified death


Parachute Health

🥼 Digital Health

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

🌐 ePrescribing Healthcare Platform

📚The Next Chapter: Parachute Health

📰 Built In: 48 Healthcare Technology Startups and Companies on the Forefront of Modern Medicine


Tastemakers Africa

✈️ Travel

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

🌐 Community and Travel Marketplace

📰 TechCrunch: Tastemakers raises $1M to sell Africa experiences to the world

📰 Skift: Top Travel Startups to Watch 2019



🏦 FinTech

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

🌐Accountant Portfolio Management


NYC Office of Technology and Innovation

🏛️ Government Tech

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

📰 New York City Celebrates Open Data Week 2018



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

🌐 Startup Product Studio



📣 Political Engagement Tech

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

🌐 Millennial Political Engagement Platform


Agritecture + AgTech-X

🌳 Environment Tech

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

🌐 Urban Agriculture Community


Justice for Kurds

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

🌐 Cross-Cultural Initiative

📰 Theatre Mania: Bernard-Henri Lévy to Present Looking for Europe at the Public Theater (Theater Mania)


Pitch Winner: Raleigh Founded’s Pitch Please | 2023
Podcast Guest: “The Human Side of Technology” by the Impact Indicator | 2023
Panelist: CWRU Spartans Step Up Series, Future of Travel | 2021
Featured Interview: Digital Ocean Hatch Storytellers Series | Web Summit 2019


→ founder @ CivicReach.AI

→ host @ Triangle Tech Night

→ technology + product consultant for startups

→ advisor @ The Amalgamation 🪧

→ former VP of product and engineering @ Guaranteed Health 🧑‍⚕️

→ mentor @ Five One Labs 🇮🇶

→ mentor @ Gaza Sky Geeks 🇵🇸

→ advisor, former interim chief technology officer @ Periodikal 🧮

→ former product manager @ Parachute Health 🪂

→ caregiver to my Dad, ALS patient

→ 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 🎓

→ caregiver to my Uncle, long-term brain tumor survivor

→ 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 their platforms, ideas, and communities.

These days I’m focused on helping founders build their digital products and working on a new venture helping local governments with civic engagement.

From 2021 - 2023, motivated by pandemic lessons at the personal level and society level, I worked specifically with digital healthcare startups. As the VP of Product and engineering at Guaranteed Health, I lead healthcare product, engineering, and technology strategy and execution. I also worked at Parachute Health where I had the privilege of building 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 🍛.


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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