I’m a product manager based in the United Kingdom. Both the food and the weather are much better than most people think.
Product, publishing, technology
I work at the Oxford University Press as Product Manager in the Academic / Dictionaries division. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, and furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
Its history can be traced back to the earliest days of printing, with the first book being printed in Oxford in 1478. Nowadays, it employs more than 6,000 people around the world, has offices in 50 countries, and is the largest university press in the world.
Previously, I’ve worked at Human Made—WordPress development agency and WordPress.com VIP partner—from 2013 to early 2019, 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.
Before that, I worked as freelancer for a number of companies with a strong web presence, from ecommerce websites to charities, wearing several hats in the product / content / growth spaces.
Sometimes I contribute to collective blogs, authoring articles on a variety of topics—from music to sports, social media, work, and other stuff. Google me and you’ll find some.
I’ve been an advisor with the London Metropolitan University, particularly with the Digital Media department, which I helped assessing course structure validity and employability opportunities for students.
WordPress & Open Source
I’ve been using WordPress since 2007, when I built my first website. 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 makes publishing easy, and by doing so it gives everyone the chance to speak, and ultimately to be heard. Isn’t that awesome?
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. I contribute back to the project in any way I can, mostly with community-related stuff—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.
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 don’t care about how many people listen to what I say, sharing the knowledge matters whether your audience is 2 or 20k human beings.
I normally speak about a wide range of topics, including product, remote working, writing, productivity, hiring, co-working, and user support. 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 practice, and sometimes compete in a grappling-based martial art called Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
- 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 like independent media and high-quality, fact-checked content.
- I like writing. Sometimes content, sometimes music.
- I’m a minimalist—or at least I try to.
- I love travelling and experiencing cultures.
- I have a deep interest in languages, and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics.
- I love watching TV series, movies, sports, stand-up comedy, and stuff from good YouTube channels.