Richard Vaughn, Product Manager in Mandeville, LA, United States
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Richard Vaughn

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Mandeville, LA, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 29, 2021

Richard is a product management professional with 15+ years of experience working in companies from startups to medium-sized, with an emphasis on digital product development. Managing teams from two to 40 people, he has built products from discovery to closure in healthcare, fitness, entertainment, and logistics.

Project Highlights

Apple Watch Fitness App with Machine Learning
Founded and led the development of an Apple Watch-based app using AI for fitness training.
Pharmacy Benefit App and Intergrations
Led product development for a new pharmacy benefit management (PBM) solution.


Work Experience

Chief Product Officer

2021 - PRESENT
  • Managed the development from inception to launch of Rescription's brand-new hybrid technology and services product.
  • Led technology, product, data, and customer service teams to build and operationalize the holistic PBM product offering.
  • Acted as the technical and operational liaison with various technically-integrated third-party service providers.
  • Became an executive team member who actively contributed to product and business strategy and direction.

VP Product Delivery

2011 - 2021
  • Oversaw product research, product management, delivery and program management, design and implementation, development and quality assurance, and technical operations across multiple web, mobile, and hardware-embedded products.
  • Managed user-driven product development by combining quantitative and qualitative user data with business strategy objectives to design actionable product iterations within stringent deadlines.
  • Developed products routinely utilized by more than 2,000,000 end users through their employers and over 2,000 internal staff.
  • Saved the company $950,000 in 2020 by forcing the acceleration of product end-of-life and pivoting to new product development as a result of COVID-19 changes within the industry.
  • Served as the acting CTO for five months in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

Apple Watch Fitness App with Machine Learning

Founded and led the development of an Apple Watch-based app using AI for fitness training.

The app is a joint Apple Watch and iPhone system that takes Apple Watch movement data in while the user is performing an exercise, runs it against a machine learning algorithm that we developed and trained, and gives the user real-time feedback on their movement. As the business and product founder of this startup, I developed the concept, ran the algorithm's training based on data we collected, and led the development of the product.

Pharmacy Benefit App and Intergrations

Led product development for a new pharmacy benefit management (PBM) solution.

Served as a head of product for a pharmacy benefit startup, responsible for all product development, including requirements, prioritization, software engineering, and various third-party integrations. Developed a consumer-facing product for iOS, Android, and web, internal reporting platforms, and integrations via API with partners and clients.
2015 - 2018

Master's Degree in Strategic Management

Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

2015 - 2018

Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

2002 - 2005

Bachelor's Degree in International Relations

Stanford University - Stanford, CA


Jira, Slack, Zoom, Figma

Industry Expertise

Health & Wellness, Healthcare


Agile, Agile Product Management, Scrum, B2B2C, Data Product Management, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), HIPAA Compliance


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