About

I was born and raised in Italy, and now I call the United Kingdom home. I have a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and studied music performance. It was during my higher education years that I fell in love with technology and the Internet. I believe that such a diverse background was instrumental to develop the empathy and open-mindedness that a Product person must have.

I’m currently both a full time Product Manager and an MBA student.

I work at The Bot Platform, empowering leaders to automate internal processes, gathering information, delivering personalised content, and boost productivity by building bots and digital assistants for internal communication platform such as Workplace from Meta, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.

The Bot Platform team
The Bot Platform team in our retreat in Alicante, Spain, January 2024

I’m studying for my MBA at the Birmingham Business School, which holds the gold standard of triple-crown accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

Previously, I’ve worked at the Oxford University Press as Product Manager in the Oxford Languages division (f.k.a. Oxford Dictionaries). During my time at the OUP, I’ve managed the monolingual data products and the Oxford Dictionaries API.

Before that, I’ve worked at Human Made—award-winning, global WordPress agency and leading provider of digital experience platforms for enterprise—joining as one of their first non-engineering hires. I helped them build products for big media, publishing, and enterprise-level clients, grow their business, and shape their culture over five and a half years, from 12 employees all the way to a team of around 70—that was pretty much the number of humans when I left.

I’m Pragmatic Certified (PMC-III).

WordPress & Open Source

I’ve been using WordPress since 2007. WordPress is such an important part of who I am—not just as a content producer, but as someone who strongly believes in the importance of bringing publishing to everyone.

WordPress is free, and it’s built and maintained by thousands of community volunteers. People who use or work with WordPress, and invest their time to give something back to the project, according to their skills and areas of interest. Over time I’ve contributed back to the project in any way I’ve been able to, mostly community-related, i.e. mentoring new speakers or organising WordCamp London 2018.

I’m also part of the Italian WordPress community, which I contributed to re-build in 2015—WCEU in Seville was the real turning point, and right before I had co-founded the Italian WordPress Slack workspace.

Public Speaking

I love sharing what I know at conferences and meetups. I’ve spoken at pretty big events (i.e. WordCamp Europe), as well as niche meetups with just a few people listening.

I normally speak about a wide range of topics, including Product, working remotely, writing, productivity, and career-related. Check my talks on Speaker Deck (slides) and WordPress.tv (videos).

Here’s a map of events I’ve spoken at:

More about me

  • I’m a bass guitar player..
  • I like making drinks, for me and others. I’ve got a blog about drinks and travel, and someone said I make the best Negroni in the world.
  • I love timeless, heritage menswear (so not fashion!). I’m a denimhead through and through, I live in jeans flannels and boots—with the occasional dress-up for no reason, especially on a Sunday. You can follow my style journey on franz.wears on Instagram.
  • I like independent media and high-quality, fact-checked content.
  • I like writing. Sometimes content, sometimes music.
  • I love travelling and experiencing cultures.
  • I have a deep interest in languages.
  • I’m a blue belt in a grappling-based martial art called Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • I love watching TV series, movies, sports, stand-up comedy, and stuff from good YouTube channels.