Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit

What I'm up to nowadays

Hi all! 👋

I'm writing this update from a ferry travelling between the Greek islands of Naxos and Folegandros, in my summer break. The summer holidays are always a good time to update the personal website, although I hadn't done it for two years now!

Current location & travels

My summer holidays are taking place in the Greek islands of Cyclades. We're visiting Naxos, Folegandros, Milos and Koufonissi with my girlfriend during the first two weeks of July.

Earlier this year, we've spent time in Mallorca and travelling around California in a roadtrip that saw us visiting San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Death Valley and Yosemite. It's, quite honestly, one of the best trips I've done in my life.

I expect a second half of 2023 with not much travel, if at all. Probably a couple of trips for work, but that's it. After years and years of travelling almost 50% of my time, I am enjoying being more at home.

That being said, you can find me at my base, Barcelona. If you want to reach out to discuss projects, investment or general advice, you can book me for my office hours to tell me how can I help you or your project.</p>

Current projects

The lion's share of my day is spent helping my own company, MarsBased to grow. At current, we're 20 people, doing +2MM euro in annual revenue, 30% profit, completely bootstrapped and officeless, all working remotely and asynchronously. It's, what a lot of people call it, a lifestyle business.

At MarsBased, I do sales and manage the company's biggest client. I also lead marketing efforts at the company, although I am actively looking for a replacement to take over the content/growth area of the company. Here's the job offer, in case you're interested: Growth Lead at MarsBased.

This person will help me to run the podcast we run in two languages, English and Spanish, as it's very challenging for me to do everything at this company size.

Second, I'm still running the Startup Grind Barcelona chapter, with over 170 events under our belt in more than 9 years. We've never skipped a month and we will never do it.

Besides the above, I also do a fair amount of angel investing, although now that I've got more than 30 investments, I've decided to take a break and reap some of the benefits. I'm waiting to cash out on a couple of exits that have been announced in the last months, while another of my portfolio companies is paying dividends.


As a side project, also technology related, I co-host a pretty successful podcast called Foc a terra, where my friend Marc Collado (of Ironhack, Wizmusic and Gamestry fame) discuss technology and trends every week. It's a mix of John Gruber's The talk show and Nadie sabe nada. I devote only an hour per week into it and yet it's becoming very popular!

Last, but not least, I play bass at a punk rock band called RES!. We've just released our second album, Les teves merdes. Go check it out, on our Spotify page.


I've been historically a solid habit performer & tracker, but I've lost track of a lot of them when I moved in with my new family. I had, perhaps, way too many habits and need to adapt my schedule to my habits list and viceversa.

The pendulum has swung to the other side of the spectrum and the derivates are brutal: habit anxiety, weight gain, half-assed efforts everywhere, and a general sense of not doing anything right.

Throughout the summer, I'll work on this. Less is more.

What's next?

The second half of 2023 will be spent in promoting the stuff that I do more openly to grow it even further.

If I manage to sell enough projects for MarsBased, I will be able to hire the growth/content profile I need to complement my skills, so we can together take the company to new audiences and do more stuff and do it better.

I plan to take one week to go and work remotely from somewhere else without my family, as I think this is something I'd like to establish every year as a routine. I don't know where I will go but it doesn't have to be very far. It just needs to be very quiet and sunny.

On the hobbies side, you can expect a few concerts with my band in Barcelona and surroundings and maybe even the recording of our first video, but that's still to be decided.

This page has been last updated on July 5th, 2023.