Ian Kennedy


Online media executive with experience across the ecosystem. From publishing, distribution, integration through to partnerships, the teams I lead use technology to amplify impact. Optimistic on the promise of supervised AI to enhance content production provided it is both transparent and correctable.


VP, Partner Success, SimpleFeed, NYC

  • Helping publishers integrate into Apple News, Flipboard, Microsoft, SmartNews and more.
  • Advisor on distributed publishing best practices.

Director, Media Operations, SmartNews; SF & NYC — 2015-2023 

  • Ran team that onboarded and monitored thousands of publisher feeds into SmartNews for integrity and completeness.
  • Designed and built custom CRM in Notion to manage publisher relationships and configuration details.
  • Designed and built self-serve portal for prospective publishers using WordPress and Airtable, increasing number of publishers and reducing onboarding time.
  • Managed rule set that helped classify articles and maintain quality and relevance for SmartNews users.
  • Collaborated with editorial teams to configure content mix on local and topic-specific channels increasing user acquisition and engagement.
  • Worked on initial process and tools for breaking and scheduled push notification products.
  • Introduced initial monetization in SmartNews US Edition using Facebook Audience Network.
  • Designed and ran multiple a/b tests to improve user on-boarding.

Director of Product, Gigaom; San Francisco — 2011-2015

  • Designed and managed redesign of free and premium websites with new branding, improved ad-placement logic, integrated newsletter sign-up flow, and premium content subscription funnel.
  • Leveraged MailChimp API and WordPress categories to produce hundreds of topic-specific newsletters matched to user-interest expressed via reading behavior.
  • Converted mobile application to responsive mobile web site, integrated acquired site, paidcontent.org

Head of Innovation, Nokia; Helsinki — 2008-2011

  • Ran team that hosted several internal and one external Hackday event.
  • Lead Product Manager on a connected address book prototype built out of Berlin.

Senior Product Manager, Yahoo; San Francisco — 2005-2008

  • Product Manager for MyBlogLog, a distributed social network that developed one of the first implementations of a newsfeed and innovative friend-finder product.
  • Rolled out branded blogs across multiple Yahoo properties.
  • Two-time winner of corporate hackday contest.

Director, Sales & Partner Development, Six Apart; SF — 2004-2005

  • Set up channel sales group that prospected, trained, and launched corporate blogs for many Fortune 500 and top media companies.
  • Worked with NBC to create first mobile photo blog to help their reporters publish stories on aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Product Manager, Dow Jones; Tokyo & Princeton, NJ — 1994-2004

  • Inaugural Product Manager for Factiva.com, an enterprise news database combining legacy products from Dow Jones and Reuters.
  • Launched partner network that integrated Factiva APIs into corporate portals.
  • Regional Sales Manager for Japan and South Korea.


University of California, Berkeley – BA, Social Sciences

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