Michael is the Director of Product at ThinkingPhones, a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in the cloud-based unified communications space. He joined ThinkingPhones via the acquisition of the startup Contactive in NYC, where Michael was employee #7 and the VP of Product for the last two years. Prior to Contactive and ThinkingPhones Michael spent 10 years at Microsoft in Seattle, WA, working in Product Management building social collaboration experiences in Lync, Office365, Outlook, Exchange, and Yammer that were used by over 500 million customers. Michael advises and mentors several startups in product design and process, and has over a decade of experience building & growing high-performing product teams. In his past lives he was a DJ (who looked like Vanilla Ice) and a personal trainer, and today still wakes at up 4:22am while being an avid Crossfit'er with his wife Amy. They live in Brooklyn across the street from his family’s butcher shop and remain in constant conflict about whether to adopt a fourth cat.
In this ten-week course, students will learn to navigate the product cycle, from evaluating users and managing a roadmap to creating an MVP and developing metrics.