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Career Highlights

  • Designed and brought to market more than fifty products and hold thirty-five patents
  • Have exhibited twice at the MoMA
  • One of my designs is part of the MoMA permanent collection
  • Have won every major worldwide design award, seventy-six so far
  • Founded and built manuelsaez & partners, a design consultancy working with clients such as Crate & Barrel, Staples, CB2, Club Quarter Hotels, and Herman Miller
  • Established overseas manufacturing operations for two clients
  • Have written for Fast Company as a Design Expert contributor
  • President Obama received one of my designs as the presidential gift from Argentina in his last presidential trip

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Distance Traveled

A little over twenty years ago I left Argentina with little more than my broken English, $200 in my pocket, and a dream of becoming an industrial designer. Little did I know that this country had so much more to offer.

I worked in a kitchen and at odd jobs, and when I had the opportunity to go to school, I gave it my all.Ā  I was so grateful for these opportunities that I aced my classes and entered every design competition I could.Ā  I won eighteen design awards as a student, and their cash prizes paid for my education.

Success as a student allowed me to get my dream job and become the first industrial designer at Humanscale, a start-up I admired. I built a multidisciplinary team and created more than thirty products that helped the company grow from $20M to $300M in revenue.

An immigrant's experience is sobering. I left home and everyone I knew for the pursuit of a dream and a better life. But I had a goal, so the hardship of that life-changing experience was bearable.

Clarity of vision and direction is genuinely an incredible superpower. Today, I have a clear vision of what I want. I am building Beyond, a company designed to simplify how people access & own e-bikes and scooters while minimizing environmental impact.

Working in product development, I saw the large amount of waste created in manufacturing, and I fundamentally disagree with consumption-driven capitalism. This vicious cycle drives us to produce, consume, and discard in a continuous loop.

I wanted to use my design skills to create a different kind of company, one that fights overconsumption, promotes re-use, and inspires other founders to do the same. Beyond grew out of those ideals.

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