What is Àlex up to now?

This page has been last updated on January 6th, 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

I'm taking a break from travelling. In 2018, I visited 14 different countries, most for remote working and conferences, and only twice for actual work.

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.

I've accomplised my life goal of visiting Japan, after many years waiting for this moment.

In 2019, I plan 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.

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 two other companies.

If you've got an interesting project, let's talk. I'd love to help out, even though my maximum ticket is 5k.

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.

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

The other big project for this year is the book I'm writing about Startup Grind. I need to deliver it by January, 31st, so I don't have a lot for anything else!

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 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. 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 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 my first three tattoos last year, and I plan to get more. I'd like to get one in Berlin and one in San Francisco, at least, this year.

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