HI, I'm CHRIS

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Product STRATEGIST
UX DESIGNER
COLLEGE PROFESSOR
AGILE TEAM LEADER

RESUME | PORTFOLIO

 
"An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them."
— Werner Heisenberg
 
Void
Product Strategy & User Experience Design

As the founder and principal at Void, I help fast-growing companies of all sizes define and achieve their business goals. I hold a variety of roles, including: product strategy; defining goals and KPIs; customer development; user research; user-experience and user-interface design; and hiring, coaching, and managing Agile product teams.

 

Selected Consulting Projects

Alongside Avec.us, I oversaw UX and IA for Theory’s millennial-focused 20th Anniversary capsule collection.

I redesigned the HDC’s customer development and digital content strategy, and oversaw an overdue redesign.

I helped DoSomething overhaul their strategy, process, and personnel to improve on the org’s social-impact goals.

 

SquareSpace Development

In addition to product strategy work, I like to get my hands dirty as a SquareSpace preferred developer. Business leaders, authors, artists, local businesses, friends, and my brother have trusted me to design and develop their sites. Here are a few.

 

Are you interested in a custom-made personal website?
What a coincidence: I’m interested in custom-making it for you.
Contact me here for a quote.

 
 

“Chris is always my first call on any tech project. He's a gifted product developer with an ability to translate customer insights, product vision and project constraints ultimately into a product that users love.”
―  Jeff LeBlanc, Co-Founder of Out of Print Clothing

 
 

Product Leadership Roles

I spent the first phase of my career leading product teams at a handful of great companies. I’m indebted to the many talented and passionate people at these companies who helped launch the products listed below.

The Knot
VP / Product + UX
 

As VP of Product, I oversaw the re-platforming of the company’s flagship website and led several product teams including content, marketplace, ecom, innovation, native mobile, planning tools, and user research. I wrote about my experience and learnings on Medium, if you’re into that sort of thing.

— ENDORSEMENTS —
“Chris is a user-first product leader in the truest sense. He was part of the leadership team that brought modern product thinking to XO and was an integral part of the relaunch of The Knot across all platforms.”
— Katherine Brady, EVP Commerge & Registry, XO Group
“Chris is a talented product leader, superb at tackling a range of product challenges. He thrives on innovation challenges, but can iterate/scale well too. His team loves him and he brought over several great people to XO.”
— Brent Tworetzky, SVP Product, InVision
“I hired Chris as a contractor in fall 2013... Within weeks he was influencing overall product strategy, within months he was directing the project, and within a year I hired him as our VP, Product + UX for The Knot.”
— Rob Fassino, Co-Founder and former CPO, TheKnot.com
TRANSΩM
Founder & Designer

As an avid writer and voracious reader, I believe each of us has a story worth telling. Based on dozens of user interviews with aspiring and established authors, I created Transom to help writers with the age-old problem of disorganized notes.

 

App Store Reviews

★★★★★
I just got this app and I immediately love it. I've had other apps that do the same thing but this one is just better.
― Dominique

★★★★★
Since papers and notebooks can get lost, I was very pleased and eager to give Transom a go and I was very pleased I did!
― Niamh

★★★★★
Wonderfully simplistic app that works! Thank you.
― Craig

 

Delivery.com
VP / Product & Design

 

Brought on in the summer of 2012 to build the company's first formal Product & Design team, I staffed up and oversaw the responsive redesign of delivery.com and its mobile apps, including a full rebrand + identity redesign.

Thrillist & JackThreads
Director / Product & Design
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As Thrillist’s first Director of Product, I oversaw the design and launch of the lifestyle brand’s web and mobile products. In three years, we released more than a dozen mobile and web products across Thrillist, JackTheads, and Thrillist Rewards.

 
Previous Experience
Speechwriter, product marketer, community relations manager, event planner, literary magazine editor, SAT tutor, and high-school english teacher. True story.
 
 
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Meanwhile...

I’m an avid rock climber, a boxing enthusiast, and an amateur ukuleleist. I’m also a voracious reader (and an occasional writer) of fiction and poetry.

I live with my wife, son, and dog in Tarrytown, NY, where I can be found over-caffeinating at Muddy Water or wandering the aisles of our local hardware store.

 
 
 
 
" It takes some strength of soul to resist this void into which you are thrust, and to stand up, demanding to be seen and heard. "
― Adrienne Rich