Digital Product Builder
Hi there, I'm Chip. I’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
How To Do Technology Better in Healthcare
‘Our healthcare system is broken’ is an ubiquitous phrase in digital health startups.
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.
Projects + Engagements
VP of Product and Engineering | Digital Health Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Technical Product Management
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
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
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
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...
Spartans Step Up: Navigating the Future of Travel
Alumni Association Emeritus Board Member Rob Stalder (CWR '94) and a panel of CWRU alumni travel experts to discuss navigating the future of travel as pandem...
→ former VP of product and engineering @ Guaranteed Health 🧑⚕️
→ mentor @ Five One Labs 🇮🇶
→ mentor @ Gaza Sky Geeks 🇵🇸
→ advisor, former interim chief technology officer @ Periodikal 🧮
→ advisor @ The Amalgamation 🪧
→ 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 🗞️
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.
Currently, I’m with Guaranteed Health. We’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 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's Hub for Good: Support and Resources | DigitalOcean
Our community is full of innovators and technologists who are leveraging their skills to create tools, resources, and events with missions focused on a new blueprint for peace and prosperity. As always, we're inspired by our community - by you - and we're committed to helping bring your impactful ideas to life.
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.
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