john kilpatrick

Ex-Founder with Leadership Roles at Meta and Amazon, Specializing in Product and Design and helping scale products

I have a unique perspective as a creative operator, spanning from starting companies that have been acquired to corporate innovation, startup advising, and leading teams of all sizes. I've gone from developing initial product ideas to scaling products for a global user base in the billions.

I most recently held the position of Sr. Product Design Director at WhatsApp, where I led a global team of product designers and contributed to shaping messaging for over 2.5 billion users. I focused most of m…

john kilpatrick



  • Whatsapp


    Design Director at Whatsapp

    Jul 2022 - Present


    • I was leading the Product Design teams for WhatsApp Monetization (e-commerce, SaaS, payments, Ads, business discovery, API, SMB App and integrations of business ecosystem with consumer experience.
    • Lead Global serving 3B users
    • Launched Payments platform in Brazil and e-commerce experience with JioMart in India


    Jan 2021 - Present

    From large-scale panels to social and document analysis, IV.AI converts unstructured qualitative data to statistical natural language summaries so you can back up your decisions with the power of AI.

    • Advisor - specialize in growth and product design
  • Amazon


    Head of User Experience Design and Research, Amazon Kids

    Jun 2021 - Jun 2022

    Amazon -- world leading commerce, media, devices and cloud company.

    • Lead the Product design, marketing and research teams for Amazon Kids subscription servivce.
    • Creative lead for suite of hardware - Tablet, Alexa kids speakers, wearable and mobile.
    • Lead the development of in house game studio.
  • Samsung

    VP, North America Mobile Innovation Head & GM of Samsung's AI Platform (Bixby)

    Nov 2014 - Apr 2020

    Global hardware company

    • During my time at Samsung, I managed the product portfolio at Samsung Next and established the NYC office. I created the North America Mobile Innovation program and design teams driving annual revenue exceeding $100 million from services like Samsung VR,
  • Techstars



    Nov 2013 - Dec 2015

    The worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.

    • Advised 4 different cohorts of companies
  • Cabin Mobile App

    Cabin Mobile App


    Mar 2013 - Nov 2014

    Mobile App focused to help families stay better connected

    • Company was acquired by Samsung.
    • Voted best App in it's category in Google Play 2014.
  • News Corp

    News Corp

    Senior Vice President -- Executive Creative Director of the the Daily Ipad App

    Oct 2010 - Dec 2012

    Publishing and media company

    • I was the creative and product lead for the first news iPad App. Launched the publication with close collaboration with Apple.
    • Won Webby People's choice award.
    • While at The Daily, we also co-developed iPad apps for the NFL 2012 Super Bowl and Angry Birds Gravity game.
    • TECHCRUNCH: “…this could be the first iPad app to beat Angry Birds and, more important, truly bring journalism into the 21st century.
  • Aol


    Vice President and Group Creative Director for Aol Media

    Nov 2008 - Nov 2010

    AOL Media

    • Served as the creative lead for AOL Media; managing a team of 40+ while overseeing the creative and user experience for all 100+ AOL websites.
    • Played a central role in digital strategy-related needs: managing multi-million dollar outsourced projects, advertising concepts, innovation for new products and set the tone and direction for the entire design team.

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