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Tech for Startup Founders

4 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

๐Ÿ’ฌ Level up your technical conversations, ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ improve your technical know-how, and ๐Ÿš€ start building products faster (with or without a CTO)

Taught founders from

Parachute Health

Course overview

Own your startup product + tech stack on your terms ๐Ÿš€

Technology is complicated.

Startup product building is hard.

It doesn't have to be.

This class is a founder masterclass in startup technology - everything you need to understand, architect, and build inspiration around your startup's product and technology. It's built for early stage founders: whether you have a CTO, developer, or no one. Whether you have a product or are starting from scratch.

๐ŸŽ“ Learn practical startup product building. Apply it to your startup in real time.

๐Ÿค– Learn AI-specific product building strategy and frameworks.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Level up conversations with your technical team.

๐Ÿ“š Understand, own, and help build your startup's prototype, architecture, and tech stack.

๐Ÿค Find, interview, and hire the best technical talent.

I will demystify technology and product building for startups. We will practically apply it to your day-to-day product building. You will level up your technical conversations with your team, your investors, your advisors, and the world.

Let's get building! ๐Ÿš€

You (and your plight as a 'non-technical founder')


๐Ÿš€ You are an passionate early stage startup founder or operator.


๐Ÿง  You want to pitch in and move your prototypes, tech architecture, and MVPs forward.


๐Ÿ’ผ You want to speak (and understand) the technical details of your product.

You (and your startup) will walk away with

Applied fundamentals of startup product building

You will become a design-thinking, product-competent, tech-minded founder - how to apply a design sprint framework, lean product methodology, and agile product building practices to your startup.

AI-first startup tech strategy and frameworks

You will learn best practices around AI-first product strategy and AI-first tech stacks

Detailed understanding of technical architecture and building a tech stack

You will understand the ecosystem of startup-specific software platforms, tools, and frameworks.

Foundational methods for prototyping and testing early products

You will see and practice how the digital sausage is made - how to design, build, and test product prototypes.

CTO-level technical team hiring and management skills

You will level up your technical management skills - how to structure technical teams, hire technical folks, and manage technical talent.

This course includes

Interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

30 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

5 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Mavenโ€™s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 8โ€”Jul 14

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Principles of Product Building

    • ๐Ÿ“ Startup Product Strategy

    • ๐Ÿค– Startup AI Landscape

  • Week 2

    Jul 15โ€”Jul 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • ๐Ÿงฑ Technical Architecture + Stacks

    • ๐Ÿ—๏ธ Prototyping

    • ๐Ÿค– AI Prototyping

  • Week 3

    Jul 22โ€”Jul 28

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • ๐Ÿš€ Product Roadmapping

    • ๐Ÿค Technical Hiring + Management

  • Week 4

    Jul 29โ€”Aug 2

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Nothing scheduled for this week.

  • Post-Course


    • ๐ŸŽ“ Demos + Close Out

What founders are saying

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Canโ€™t say enough good things about Chip! He was an advisor to Pollen during our early, pre-product, deep customer discovery, and prototyping days. He provided clear and calm guidance...on top of that, heโ€™s incredibly patient, kind and generous. Iโ€™d recommend him to any early stage team.
Hillary Bush

Hillary Bush

Founder & CEO at Pollen
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Chipโ€™s guidance has been invaluable as Iโ€™ve progressed from the ideation phase into proof of concept testing with my startup...His guidance has dramatically accelerated my progress, as he always seems to be at least one step ahead of me and has thorough answers to my numerous, wide ranging questions.
Chris Vo

Chris Vo

D.D.S., Founder & CEO at
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Chip was a vital force that pushed me towards a clarity and focus I had never imagined achievable. His encouragement and the confidence he instilled in me were the driving force that allowed me to persevere, turn my concept into a tangible prototype, and pursue a path that I believe can positively impact others' lives.
Mina Abdulla

Mina Abdulla

Program Lead | User Trust and Privacy at Google

Meet Your Founder Support Team

Chip Kennedy

Chip Kennedy

Startup CTO, Product Builder, and Founder Coach

I've led technical and product teams at startups of 2 people through 200. My passion is simplifying complex technical challenges for founders and startups. Now, I coach early stage founders building mission-driven startups.

Formerly, I worked as:

  • CTO at Tastemakers Africa (NYC, Seed)
  • Product Advisor at Pollen (NYC, Seed)
  • Head of Product and Engineering at Guaranteed Health (NYC, Seed)

I love early stage product development - helping founders (especially non-technical folks) find the tools and skills to put their ideas out in the world.

Let's get building! ๐Ÿš€

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Course schedule

8-10 hours per week
  • Live Class: Mondays and Wednesdays

    8:30pm ET || 5:30pm PT

    Join Chip twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for live classroom sessions to learn together and collaborate on class exercises.

  • Weekly Projects

    4 - 6 hours per week

    Work through the modules and complete 1 - 2 weekly projects, all built to advance your startup's technology.

  • Live Office Hours


    Drop in for live office hours with Chip to get module and project questions answered + get feedback on prototype work.

    Office hours every Wednesday for 2 hours before class.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

Youโ€™ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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