kennedy collins

is trying to make useful things

After spending ten years studying architecture, working in product management, and starting a small business, I've found myself back where I started: I want to make useful things.

I'm currently trying to do that by running the small studio/consultancy &c. with my brother We are twins, which feels like a thing I should warn people about., building that small business, reading, writing, teaching, and talking to interesting people. As of Spring 2018, I'm also interested in joining a product team that is doing interesting, impactful work at scale. Ideally as a Director of Product at a growing Chicago startup or a senior product manager at a more established, remote-friendly company with a strong social mission.

some things i've worked on

The Road Warrior, a book about staying healthy and productive while traveling for work that I am writing with my brother. Coming out in the first half of 2018., the companion blog to the book. Most of my writing can be read there.

Ohmcoach, a remote health and fitness coaching company. This and the Road Warrior book and blog comprise the small business I started.

Dose, a media company and creative studio. While much has changed since I left a year ago, I was the primary product manager on the initial version of Dose, growing it to more than fifty million monthly users and one million dollars in monthly revenue, and helping our parent company raise a twenty-five million dollar Series B.

Chi-text, a text interface for Chicago's open data and winner of the 2013 Lincoln Labs Open Data Hackathon. Unfortunately, you'll have to take my word for it. Lincoln Labs has made a number of changes to their site, and so there are no records (although the photo on their about page is of my teammate Brad and the back of my head).

get in touch

Inspired by Patrick McKenzie, this is a standing invitation: if you want to talk about making useful things, I want to talk to you.

You can email me at kennedy@ any domain I control Options include,,, and, and I really do enjoy getting email. I read everything I get, and I try my best to respond to as much as a I can.

I also live and work in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, and end up in River North/the Loop/the West Loop once every week or two — if you would like to get a coffee in any of those neighborhoods and talk about software, writing, architecture, product management, or pretty much anything else, I'm buying. Email me.

I exist on various social media platforms as well Such as twitter and linkedin., but I strongly prefer email as a communication medium. So seriously, email me.