Michael Affronti is a seasoned Senior Executive, Advisor, and Board Member with more than 17 years of success building and leading high-performing organizations across the entire product life cycle from incubation to $1B+ in revenue. His broad areas of expertise include product management, organizational design, corporate risk, customer user experience, AI, and enterprise SaaS platform design. He specializes in the critical interlock between sales, marketing, and product development to generate aligned and effective GTM strategies, and is an expert in how product strategy fits into Miller Heiman and Force Management sales methodologies.
Michael is currently the SVP of Product at Dataminr, recognized as one of the world’s leading businesses in AI and Machine Learning innovation. Dataminr is pioneering groundbreaking technology for detecting, classifying, and determining the significance of public information in real time.
Previously he was the SVP of Product at Fuze, the world’s leading enterprise cloud collaboration platform, where he ran the product management and design organization while driving Fuze’s strategy.
He joined Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones) via the acquisition of another AI startup, Contactive, where he was a founding member and the VP of Product and Business Development for two years. Contactive was a mobile sales productivity platform that used machine learning and publicly-available information to show a detailed dossier of any customer or individual calling your phone in under two seconds.
Prior to Contactive and Fuze Michael spent 10 years at Microsoft in Seattle, WA, working in Product & Design building social collaboration experiences in Lync, Office365, Outlook, Exchange, and Yammer that were used by over 500 million customers.
He enjoys rolling up his sleeves to help advise and mentor startups in product design and strategy. He shares his thoughts on product management, leadership, and productivity in a column on Inc.com, and teaches a part-time course at General Assembly on Entrepreneurship. He holds three U.S. patents and has 12 pending for innovation in the enterprise productivity space.
In past lives Michael was a DJ (who looked like Vanilla Ice) and a personal trainer, and today he still wakes up at 4:22am every day while being an avid wellness and fitness enthusiast. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife across the street from his family’s Italian butcher shop.