Fall in love

with the problem

Not the solution


Hi, my name is Michael Schultheiss. I build successful digital products, product organizations, and corporate startups and help clients all over the world to run and scale them. I am a Senior Director of Product / Associate Partner serving in Lead, VP, and CPO roles at McKinsey. Before, I was Head of R&D and Product at ZEIT ONLINE – the online equivalent of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. My superpower is end-2-end digital product development and digital business building using Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile Methods.


For the last years, my role varied between Interim VP Product, CPO, and Lead Product Owner for multiple design and development teams, shipping modern and innovative digital products.
Below you will find a selection of projects (except those from my clients at McKinsey) that I have been hands-on within the past 20 years.


Product Thinking

Product Development

Product Discovery

Product Management/Agile Training and Coaching for Teams and Organisations

Writing Code

Machine Learning / AI

Data Analytics

Journalistic Writing



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