That is me – Frank Fuchs
I live in Munich Germany these days.
Since my very first steps in the IT world, with a sinclair zx81 back in the good old days of my childhood, I never really got rid of those machines or the fascination for them. I´ve professionally started working on the internet in 1999. I do come from a design & web development background. Did my fair share of coding and photoshopping.
Product Manager, with 10+ years of international business experience with primary focus on technology and innovation. Specializing in web applications (B2C,B2B, ecommerce, media), marketing and design.
Language: native German, can conduct business in English and Italian
Interactive media, E-commerce, Internet technology, search engine technology
Chief Troublemaker at Valopex Consulting
Online Product and Marketing Services
Microsoft Search Guy
Feb 2009 – 2011
Microsoft Deutschland GmbH – Munich
Responsible for Microsoft’s Bing search engine and its verticals in the German Market.
Senior Product Development Manager Yahoo! Answers, London
2008 – 2009
Co-owning the global product end to end responsibilities for Yahoo! Answers live in 26 countries, reaching more than 130 million UUs per month while delivering more than 1 billion PVs.
The first global Yahoo! product successfully run from a non US location and the clear market leader in the Q&A marketplace worldwide.
Defining the product strategy and roadmap. Representing the product on all levels of management and working closely with internal teams like marketing, PR, legal, sales, community management, program management, UED and engineering departments in locations from Australia, India, France to the USA.
Product Manager Local Search Europe at YAHOO! Munich/London
January 2006 – December 2007
Product Manager Local Search Europe, Munich/London
EU Resposibility for any feature, capability, or product related to the backend and platform, relevancy of the search experience, product marketing and monetization
Internet Consultant at Kaliber42
2004 – 2005 (1 year)
Creating communicational concepts and online- campaigns for the customers of Kaliber42, and acquiring new customers for the internet unit at Kaliber42
Product Manager at Lycos Europe
2000 – 2004 (4 years)
E-Commerce Productmanager Lycos Europe / Pangora
Marketing Manager at Robert Bosch S.p.A.
1999 – 2000 (1 year)
Creating a B2C e-commerce platform to trade professional electric equipment throughout Italy.
FITA Bowman, Literature, Fine Arts, Travelling, TV series like Monk, The Sopranos and Movies
What people have to say about me
“Frank has worked for me over the last three years and shown tremendous versatility by being a key contributor on multiple products including both Local Search and Yahoo Answers. He is an extremely strong technical product manager with deep dedication & commitment to building great products that drive value for users. In general, Frank is regarded by peers as a great team player and someone very focused getting the right things done. Its been a pleasure to have Frank as a key member of my team over this time, and I would welcome the opportunity again in the future.”
Jeffrey Revoy , VP Europe Search and Global Head of Yahoo Answers , Yahoo
“I worked with Frank on Yahoo! Answers from February-November 2008. Frank is an outstanding Product Manager with a great mix of technical and personal skills and an instinctive feel for a product and the needs of it’s users. Frank is focused on delivering high quality and innovative experiences and instinctively understands how to lead a motivate a team to excel, and it was a pleasure to work with someone of such high-calibre during his time on Answers.”
Dan Peters , Senior Product Manager , Yahoo!
“It was great to work closely with Frank, he’s a very rare breed of a product manager both understanding the product and the landscape it fits into as a business orientated product, but also deeply technical facets of product delivery. Because he easily understands all parts of a product making smart critical decisions came easily. Its great to work with someone so insightful and clever.”
Daniel Adcock , Head of SEO Yahoo! Europe , Yahoo!
“Frank is a highly experienced Internet professional specialised in the are of Web and Local Search (see his locallytype blog). Conversant with commercial and technology he was a valued member of the team who could be relied on to deliver in an effective and timely manner.”
Stuart Winter , Head of Yahoo! Local Search and Maps , Yahoo
“Frank is a strong Product Manager always “in motion”. He collects information about the last trends/products/services on the web + he has strong analytical skills + he is able to speak the languages of marketing, engineers, customers, and partners. If you’re interested in any local market insights, go check out his blog Locally Type (http://www.locallytype.com/) which i am a great fan of! It is a proof of his knowledge and professional legitimacy.”
Sebastien Levaillant , Product Manager Yahoo Local & Maps, France , Yahoo!
“Frank is a great Internet product professional and has deep visibility into the Search and Local Search businesses, in particular. He is a creative thinker, and I liked working with Frank a lot. Also, Frank is a fantastic team player.”
Volker Glaeser , Director, Media & Search , Yahoo!
“Frank can open door to ideas and concepts even if everybody else is not even aware of the existence of a wall. A very good fellow!”
Gerhard Radetzky , Manager , KALIBER42
“Frank is an extremely committed and creative product manager, who also has a strong technical background. He pushed product management and product design in our company to a whole new level of professionalism, which remains a key element for our business today. I had a great time working with him.”
Rupert Rockinger , Senior Developer , Lycos Europe / Pangora