What is Àlex up to now?

This page has been last updated on August 15th, 2018.

Hi again! I haven't updated this page in a while, so I guess it's time to tell you what I'm up to nowadays.

Current location & travels

I've just come back from Thailand. I took two weeks to do some remote work and also a bit of a break. Would've been a pity not to see anything whilst there. Thailand is a beautiful country. A friend and I travelled through Bangkok, Chiangmai, Ko Samui and Ko Tao.

You can cross paths with me quite easily. I share all my trips using Nomadlist. While in Barcelona, you can book me for a quick call or for office hours on Wednesdays at Spaces [email protected] (C/Pallars 193, 08005, Barcelona).

I live in Barcelona - everybody's favourite city in the world - and I spend about 50% of my time there. I mostly travel for leisure because I can work while on the go (perks of having an all-remote company like MarsBased) and I very rarely travel for business. We don't need our clients to come to Barcelona, and they don't require us to go to their offices, wherever they are. We do everything remotely, as we're 100% oficeless.

In 2017, I travelled to Colombia, San Francisco, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Madrid, Tenerife, Valencia, Cape Verde, Greece, Germany, Holland, Italy, London, Morocco and I enjoyed a two-weeks roadtrip around northern Spain for holidays, from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela.

Now, I am headed to Japan for a couple of weeks of holidays with my family. Other trips before the end of the year include Turin and Morocco for a couple of conferences I'm speaking in, then Portugal (if they ditch Marine Le Pen as a speaker at Websummit - if not, I'll do Slush in Finland), Madrid, Berlin and most likely a short visit to San Francisco for business.

Goals

I blogged about my new year resolutions on the MarsBased blog in our team effort Our New Year's Resolutions for 2018. However, I'm a fairly volatile person and my motivations change throughout the year as I travel. I used to blog a lot more on this site's personal blog, but I've left it behind. Planning to bring it back this 2018 though.

I plan to blog more. I love writing, so I guess I will stick to writing a blog at least thrice per week.

I've also just decided that I want to find a house in Barcelona to buy during 2019.

Side projects & interests

Since 2015, I decided to work only 40 hours a week and devote the rest of my time to my hobbies. Sometimes these hobbies are work related, like maintaining this website, testing new programming languages or even creating proof of concepts for side projects, but I rarely invest heavily in them.

I prefer to invest the best part of my grey matter to growing MarsBased. Right now, it is a really stable company, but I feel like I could give much more to it, especially when it comes to increasing the size of the accounts we're catering. I'd like to get more into the corporate world.

In general terms, I am getting more and more into investing and M&A. This is because I am doing business development for my company, so I get to know a lot of people and therefore a lot of deals. One of my goals this year is to grow my network of investors, brokers and companies that normally acquire startups, and cultivate a good relationship with them.

This way, I will not only find out about interesting deals for me to invest (I've invested in Kantox and in Consentio, as far as startups are concerned, and I own a fair amount of crypto as well), but I will be able to help my clients at MarsBased, our partners and also the Startup Grind Barcelona community, including our sponsors and providers as well.

If you've got an interesting project, let's talk. I'd love to help out.

What am I working on?

At MarsBased, since we're booked up for the next six months, I am devising a strategy to get to bigger and more corporate clients, whilst growing the company on the content side.

We have recently launched a newsletter that has got 300 subscribers already. I'm very happy about its looks and how it's working.

As for Startup Grind Barcelona, we're organising the second edition of the Annual Conference. We're currently in the early stages of it, and are looking for sponsors and speakers, especially female speakers.

Food, drinks and such

I'm currently hooked on Korean food. I had known it for a few years, but it's been a year or so that I eat Korean once per week at least. I love spicy food, and most of all, pretty much all the Korean dishes are fairly healthy.

I'm cutting on drinking to lose weight. This year, might be because I'm 31 years old already, I gained so much weight. It was due to eating heavily (I'm an extremely social person) and also lots of beer. While I can't seem to cut down on eating that much, at least I am eliminating the drinking factor and it's working. I'm back to my ideal body shape.

As for music, I am getting more and more into sub-genres of Black Metal. I was always a Black Metal person, but now I'm pretty hooked on Folkish Black Metal or Depressive Black Metal. It's a kind of music I don't get tired of.

Random trivia

I'm on a 25-book reading challenge on Goodreads. I do this every year to force myself to read outside of the computer screen. I do read on my Kindle, though, as I only like paper books for decoration purposes. I find them uncomfortable to read in bed.

Goodreads is also good to see who of your friends reads books. Sometimes I use it to read their recommendations.

I'm not into audiobooks, but I'm willing to give it a try. I am into podcasts, however. I love NASA's "Houston, we've got a podcast", for one.

I've gotten my first tattoos this year, and I plan to get more. Both are music related, and most likely my next ones will, as well.

If you know me, you know that I am a huge music fan, and I can't conceive my life without music. I'd say I listen to music to most of the time I'm awake. I also go to one or two concerts per week.

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Without music life would be a mistake - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche