What is Àlex up to now?

This page has been last updated on September 15th, 2019.

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

After having taken a break from travelling, I'm back in business. In 2018, I visited 14 different countries, most for remote working and conferences, and only twice for actual work whereas this year I'm visiting a few new countries for work, like Scotland, Armenia, Denmark and Sweden, so far. Maybe Finland and Georgia and/or Pakistan, if I can schedule everything! I love seeing new countries and meeting new people.

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 less than 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) but I also travel for business more often now. 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.

I've accomplised my life goal of visiting Japan, after many years waiting for this moment but I still want to see México (got a wedding there in 2020 - not mine!) and New Zealand (someday!).

In 2019, I planned to visit the following cities/countries: San Sebastian, Madrid, somewhere in Galicia, San Francisco, Mexico, Portugal, Moldova, Menorca, Berlin, Oslo, London, Helsinki, Russia and maybe some Greek islands. However, so far I've only done Madrid, Crete, San Francisco, Berlin and Oslo, which is not bad, but shows how bad I am at planning.

Goals

I plan to build more and better habits this year. I am using everyday.app to track me.

I actually want to accomplish the following things this year:

  • Write a piece of content every day.
  • Read 30 minutes every day.
  • Work out every day.
  • Write a post on LinkedIn every working day.
  • Push some code to Github every day.
  • Get rid of an object every day.
  • Buy a new flat.
  • Write a book.

I've paid one year upfront worth of Github, in order to force myself to code more, and to keep my repos private, too.

Update: actually Github just announced that they're giving free unlimited private repositories for everyone, one day after I had paid the annual subscription upfront, but what the heck.

Some of the above, I have already been doing for a while, like posting on LinkedIn, exercusing daily or getting rid of unnecessary objects to declutted my life, but I want to maintain them as they're most benefitial.

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, as far as startups are concerned, 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.

So far, I have invested in Kantox, Consentio, Mailtrack, Hireflix and five other companies. I plan to become a full-time investor someday!

If you've got an interesting project, let's talk. I'd love to help out, even though my maximum ticket is 5k euro. I like helping the startups I invest in by giving them clients through my personal network.

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 are getting into product this year, so it'll be interesting how this turns out, but since it's not our top priority, it's going slower than expected.

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

This year, I've written a book about Startup Grind! You can order it off Amazon here.

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.

My plan of cutting on drinking to lose weight has failed miserably on the first half of the year. This year, might be because I'm 32 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. I want to get back to my ideal body shape, or close to it, by the end of the year.

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 32-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 six tattoos so far in one year, and plan to get more. I stopped during summer so I could enjoy the sun and the beach, but I plan to get back in business really soon!

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. I like to contribute to the concert-goers scene by submitting the setlists of the concerts I attend to Setlist.fm.

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Without music life would be a mistake - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche