What I do

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Here's a status update of what I do today, by March 2016.

Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit at Startup Grind Barcelona

I am an obstinate and results-oriented entrepreneur that likes to challenge the status quo. As a result of that, I sometimes spend too much working on what I love and too little communicating clearly what I do.

One of my new year's resolutions is to blog more. In addition to leading the MarsBased blog, my personal Medium account, and contributing to Startup Grind's blog, I opened this website to write about anything and everything. Practice makes the master.

Without further ado, let me explain what I do:

Two years ago, my best friends and I founded MarsBased, a development consultancy that focused on good code, specialisation, best practices and long-term relationships. That is, quality, not price.

We faced two fundamental problems: Firstly, Spain is a country whose people opt, in 99% of the cases, for the cheapest option. Secondly, we had to compete against jack-of-all-trades companies that sell one-size-fits-all solutions based mostly on Wordpress, Drupal and pre-packaged CMS solutions that never adapt 100% to what the client requires.

Two years in, we are 10 people strong with clients in three different continents. Alive and kicking.

Similarly, two years ago I brought Startup Grind to Barcelona, a global community of entrepreneurs hosting monthly events in 200 cities in over 80 different countries. "No one has time for more events", "no one will pay for an event about startups", "monthly events do not work", "Catalans are cheap people" and similar sentences I had to confront daily.

Two years in, we have hosted at least one paid event every month for 24 consecutive months with an average attendance of almost 100 people.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse - Anonymous

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Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit

Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit

CEO and Founder at MarsBased and Director at Startup Grind Barcelona. I run a team of 20 people, where I spearhead the sales and strategy areas. My background in consulting and development (ex-Deloitte, ex-VASS) and my international profile help me with the technical and the business perspective. I love loud guitars, cats, travelling and tacos.