I’m Kelso Kennedy. I’m a founder and a marketer who’s passionately obsessed with the future. Every day I create SaaS products and use automation and design to grow companies. I’m here to share the things that work for me while founding and growing my companies RedStamp and Pilot.
Being an entrepreneur is just a small part of my story. I have a lot of interests, a lot of accomplishments, and a lot of beliefs. But this site is about my work - for the rest, you’ll just have to wait till I write my autobiography!
I started my first real business at 13, after cornering the local market for lemonade stands. Back then, nobody had heard of Zuckerberg and nobody called my company a startup. I was just a computer nerd creating websites... but I loved it and I was good at it!
I worked on massive projects as a teenager, including websites for a Grammy Award-winning musician and a Hollywood movie. It was awesome, but I wanted to put my talents toward a real cause. So when I was 18, my mother and I started a nonprofit with the goal of improving the lives of Vancouver’s homeless population.
It became a huge success, and the model behind our business has since been replicated worldwide. I learned things running that nonprofit that have informed everything I’ve done since, including the value in doing right by other people.
I’ve always been obsessed with the future and new technology, which led me to starting Mango Ideas in 2005 and carving out my niche in the world of web hosting. As I worked to build up Mango, I became fascinated by the science of marketing. By 2012 I was ready to put my marketing skills to work for other companies, so I partnered up with Spencer Ririe to start the digital agency RedStamp.
Since then, we’ve launched its offshoots RedRocket, Chime, and Inkie - all based around the belief that software as a service (SaaS) and automation are essential ingredients for success in today’s market.
In 2015, I started Pilot, my most ambitious SaaS product yet... and soon to be my most successful.