About Me

Hey there, I'm Manny Bernabe, an AI/ML freelancer, entrepreneur and educator. I help teams create business value through AI, machine learning, analytics and data.

Before starting my company bigplasma.ai, I was the Head of AI Product and Lead Data Scientist at Uptake, an AI-focused industrial IoT startup. We even got listed as #3 on Forbes' Most Promising AI Companies in America in 2019!

Before that, I worked at FlexShares, part of Northern Trust Asset Management, as an Investment Strategist. While I was there, I put together and launched financial products worth over $13 billion.

I've got a B.S. in Finance (with honors, no less) from DePaul University, a Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins University, and I've passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam series.

So, what am I good at? Here's a quick list:


Any questions? Shoot me an email a [email protected] and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Kind Words from Peers, Clients and Partners

For companies looking to start their AI/ML journey, highly recommend this AI guide from Manny Bernabe- great working backwards guide to get process rolling in a way that you design a program that actually impacts the business.

Hector Leano

Head of Product Marketing


Manny is incredibly engaging and knowledgeable in the field of AI and ML, consistently demonstrating a deep understanding of the latest trends and the ability to apply them to real-world problems. He has a remarkable ability to break down technical concepts into easy-to-understand language, making him an excellent communicator and a valued professional peer. His passion for the field is infectious, and his dedication to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements is inspiring. Manny also is creating some of the most insightful and engaging content I've seen. He has a keen eye for detail and a natural ability to craft compelling content that resonates with his target audience. Whether it's his podcast, creating blog posts, whitepapers, or social media content, Manny always brings a unique perspective and a creative flair that sets him apart. If you're looking for an expert to help you with an AI / ML project, you certainly found one.

Jon Weis

Smart Manufacturing Executive

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Bigplasma.ai’s unique interactive process help bring out diverse and cross functional teams. As we were going through the process, we could see our team members “light bulbs” up.

Allan Monnin

Operations Leader


We are transforming from selling devices to selling solutions. Analytics is key to that. We looked to partner with Manny and bigplasma.ai because they were able to meet us were we were with our digital maturity.

Bo Gill

Marketing VP


The expertise that bigplasma.ai brings to the table is going to make my job a heck of a lot easier.

John Ferrigan

Senior Telemetry Product Owner


Manny is one of the sharpest people I've worked with in my career. Dedicated, hard working, and logical. From documentation of team processes through advanced machine learning models I was always impressed with Manny's output. He's also a thought leader in the tech space with great market perspective. 10/10!

Andrew Fisher

Sr Product Director, Fleet and Federal


Working with Manny is everything one can imagine. His ability to translate complex data science and machine learning concepts into product features is something that he has been able to fine tune with his experience. Manny has been instrumental in developing product roadmaps with heavy data science features. Manny is also able to keep on top of the latest data science and machine learning toolkits in order to implement into current state projects.

Suraj Pabba

Client Solutions EngineerClient Solutions Engineer


Working with Manny is always a treat. Not only is he a delightful person to be around, but his ability to take complicated data science and machine learning concepts and explain them in a simple and easy-to-understand way is very unique. He always did a great job in customer settings and helped everyone in the room get on the same page to enable productive discussions. At the same time, he was never afraid to "get his hands dirty" and dig into a problem, applying his deep expertise in machine learning and data analytics to deliver pragmatic outcomes.

Matthias Schenker

Business Development and Product Strategist


I'm lucky to have worked with Manny, a leader who is obsessed with both understanding and solving complex problems. I'm amazed by Manny's ability to translate data science and machine learning concepts into product features. Manny is a joy to work with.

Kevin Brennan

Head of Revenue Ops & Growth


I have had the privilege to work with Manny for a number of years and I have to say he is one of the few people out there who truly understands product and data science/machine learning. He's also a supportive colleague and pleasure to work with.

W. Max Li

Senior Data Scientist


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