Kieran Duffy

Research Prodigy

Plainfield, NJ

With eight years of experience across financial services, real estate, hospitality and tech startups, Kieran brought with him a wealth of business know-how when he joined the team in early 2024. While his past roles were sales- and customer success-focused, he now leverages those experiences as a Research Prodigy supporting Smarty Pants’ healthcare clients on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method initiatives.


Most recently, Kieran was a Client Strategist at LANDED – a recruiting and retention tech platform – where he was charged with building and maintaining relationships with hospitality industry clients while helping to refine the company’s product.

Previously, he served as the first sales leader at real estate tech company RentRedi. There, he created data and reporting dashboards; managed KPIs, sales processes and go-to-market strategies; and helped senior leaders successfully pitch investors for their Series A round raise.

Early in his career, Kieran helped Policygenius (insurance) scale their organization from a sales team of less than 10 to over 100 as he grew from a sales representative to Team Lead.


Kieran earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics at Rider University. He graduated cum laude, was a member of the International Honor Society of Economics and the recipient of the Department of Economics award.

During his college tenure, Kieran interned in the mental health division of New Jersey’s Department of Health and at Mercer (consulting). He also played on the school’s Division 1 soccer team. (See award winning Fun Fact at right.)


After several years in North Carolina, Kieran has returned to his homestate of New Jersey.  (He couldn’t stay away from the bagels, pizza, and breakfast sandwiches for too long). He enjoys reading nonfiction as well as re-watching his favorite TV shows. But his true passion is soccer, which he typically mentions in the first five minutes of any conversation.

On the weekends, you’ll find Kieran either at a deli or his favorite ramen restaurant, depending on the time of day.

Fun Facts

  • Once shouted out his mom live on ESPN while winning a MAAC Conference Championship
  • Actively improving his golf game and training for races (no marathons, though)
  • Favorite show is a toss up between Superstore, Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Abbott Elementary
  • Working on becoming more handy around the house, while breaking things along the way (plumbing is now off-limits)