Chris Keane makes stuff online and in the world

Currently advising Edify as we help engineering teams get their new hires onboarded and productive quickly and effectively.

Previously I was a Director in Alibaba's International B2B team following our sale of OpenSky, where I was CPO/GM.

First a tool user, now a tool builder, I've served in a range of strategy, product, operations, design, and development roles to create applications and websites tens of thousands of SMBs (small- and medium-sized businesses) and a few bigger organizations, including Disney, the NHL and NFL, Harley Davidson, Nestle North America, Girl Scouts USA, Marriott Hotels, The American Legacy Foundation, Clairol, the Colombian Ministry of Defense, the Alliance for a Media Literate America, the Project on Transitional Democracies.

Infrequent blog posts at Cyclone Ranger. Professional information at my LinkedIn profile.

a brief history

OpenSky was the world's first and social shopping network; after a series of product launches and acquisitions we rebranded as MoreComemerce to reflect our comprehensive suite of marketplaces and seller marketing tools.

Before joining OpenSky, I helped create KickApps, building an industry-leading social media platform that powered online communities for clients including broadcast, publishing, CPG, entertainment, nonprofit, and professional sports organizations as well as SMBs and personal users. I am proud of KickApps' hackability, via configurable RSS feeds, REST APIs, customizable page templates, and an extensible data structure that we called "admin tags".

I have also served as a product lead for Meetup's "Mo' Members" team, where we combined usability testing, deep analytics, and a heap of strenuous debate to build the number of new Meetuppers month over month with products like the "URF" (Ubiquitous Registration Form), an ugly but effective "growth hack" that drove an immediate lift in member registrations.

Before Meetup, I cofounded Mad Irish Group with Matt Ludwig and Justin Klein Keane, where we created open source content management, web analytics, and expense-tracking web applications while developming websites for small businesses and nonprofits. Along the way I also pitched in on some Plone projects with a couple of lead contributors, including early work on Archetypes, dynamic image generation libraries, and multiuser AJAX interfaces.

My professional career began in Juno Online Service's support organization, where I upgraded the mostly-phone-based operations to include web and email support channels (while learning to troubleshoot customers' dial up modem connections in my spare time). In 1999, at the height of the first Internet boom, this made perfect sense to a kid who had arrived on a one-way ticket to NYC with a plan to live on $5 a day while making art.


acrylic and oil paint; actionscript; adobe fireworks, illustrator, and photoshop; html, css, and javascript; little army men; pen, pencil, and ink; php; prd, spec, and wireframe; python; words; sketchbooks; powerpoint.

Retired titles

comic book illustrator, analog hacker, painter's apprentice, trainer, cofounder, us army cadet, comic book artist, cross-browser css specialist, stroke seat, tech support lead, search engine marketer, dm, tech writer, project manager, dad, dreamer.

Other interests

Abstractions, aesthetic gentrification, afternoon naps, blog link rabbit holes, criminal and secret society dialects, cyborg apes, dub music, getting rid of stuff, graf-inspired art, learning to surf, light cavalry, mental models, movies that try too hard, nonfiction, paintball, skulls, Steve Jobs cultists, tabletop strategy games, Tin Tin, walking at the speed of dog, walruses.

A borderline INFP/INTJ, I believe that less is beautiful.