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Life on Mars - A podcast from MarsBased
Life on Mars - A podcast from MarsBased

Welcome to Life on Mars! A podcast about technology, entrepreneurship and innovation from MarsBased. You will listen to stories of the best... more

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079 - Building the next 10 years of MarsBased

Celebrating a decade of bootstrapping brilliance, I, Àlex, founder of MarsBased, am back behind the mic to share an emotional... more

07 May 2024 · 18 minutes
078 - The future of SEO and content strategy in an AI-driven world, with Clemens Rychlik (COO @ Bourbon)

Explore the power of AI in streamlining content creation and productivity in our latest podcast episode. We're joined by Clemens... more

12 Feb 2024 · 1 hour,
077 - M&A Masterclass with Founder Partners

Prepare to navigate the high-stakes world of mergers and acquisitions with insider expertise as Dimitri Steinberg and Brian Flynn from... more

23 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
076 - Building a thriving Shopify agency, with Keyven Ferland (Founder of La Web Shop)

Embark on an entrepreneurial odyssey with Keyven Ferland of La Web Shop and uncover the raw and real narrative of... more

05 Jan 2024 · 49 minutes
075 - Bootstrapped Businesses, with Amir Salihefendic (Founder @ Doist)

What can you achieve as an entrepreneur without leaning on venture capitalist funding? How can we communicate more effectively in... more

01 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
074 - The unfiltered reality of serial entrepreneurship, with Francesc Font Cot (Co-founder of Incapto)

Brace yourselves for a riveting dialogue with Francesc Font Cot, the dynamic serial entrepreneur who co-founded Incapto Coffee, Nubelo, and... more

07 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
073 - From Rails to revenue, with Khash Sajadi (CEO & Co-founder @ Cloud 66)

With our special guest, Khash Sajadi, the founder and CEO of Cloud 66, we're unlocking the story of a technology... more

13 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
072 - We're back! Riding out a crazy wave in the tech industry

Ever wondered how a tech company rides the tumultuous waves of an industry in flux? Journey with us, as Àlex,... more

06 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
071 - Taking investment or selling MarsBased?

In this episode, our good friend in and out of business, Josh Feldberg, interviews Àlex to discuss many topics for... more

18 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
070 - How we find clients in San Francisco, with Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit (CEO @ MarsBased)

The story of MarsBased can't be told without a city in particular: San Francisco.Even though MarsBased started up in Barcelona,... more

17 May 2023 · 30 minutes
069 - Remote, async and more, with Job van der Voort (CEO @ Remote)

We hosted Job van der Voort, CEO @ Remote, to discuss the status of remote work (obviously) but also derivates... more

10 May 2023 · 45 minutes
068 - No code in 2023, with Toby Oliver (CEO @ Bravo Studio)

We have talked a lot about no-code back in the day, and far from being the technology that would render... more

17 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
067 - Pros and cons of running a boutique agency, with Jamon Holmgren (CTO @ Infinite Red)

One of the downsides of running an agency, or a services-based company per se, is that you don't get media... more

04 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
066 - WTF happened to SVB, with Victor Horcasitas

A couple of weeks ago, shit hit the fan. A bank run on Silicon Valley Bank had to be intervened... more

23 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
065 - Growth through partnerships, with Kat O'Brien (CPO @ ClimateTrade)

We're excited to share this episode with you in which we talk to Kat O'Brien (Chief Partnerships Officer at ClimateTrade)... more

06 Mar 2023 · 55 minutes
064 - All about becoming a UI/UX freelancer, with Fabio Basile

We bring in one of our references in UI/UX, Fabio Basile, to discuss freelancing in this sector. About time we... more

22 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
063 - 2022 recap + 2023 predictions

Kicking off the new year in great fashion with a solo episode of Àlex (CEO) doing a recap of our... more

12 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
062 - Tips for agencies and contractors during economic downturns

This week, we didn't have a guest speaker either, so we decided to record a solo episode.Àlex has addressed the... more

15 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
061 - The solitude of managers, with Xavier Noria and Pau Minoves

One day you're a developer, like all the rest, and then you're not one of them anymore. That's what happens... more

08 Nov 2022 · 54 minutes
060 - Calculating and taking risks in extreme conditions, with Jonas Rinde (CEO @ Nomono)

We had our friend Mark from AWS calling in from Websummit last year, we also had Jorge Jaramillo recording his... more

28 Oct 2022 · 1 hour,
059 - Factorial, Kantox and the third wave of Barcelona startups

Breaking news: Factorial raised 123.5MM in a series C funding round led by Atomico and Tiger Global, and Kantox has... more

12 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
058 - How are we going to type text in the future? With Olivier Plante (CEO @ Fleksy)

This episode will see us discussing text input and how to build keyboards for smartphones with Olivier Plante, CEO at... more

03 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
057 - Remote worker solitude, with Nikki Parsons & Sara Ronzero

Remote worker solitude is something that strikes within 12-18 months of working remotely. We all suffer from it yet very... more

20 Sep 2022 · 58 minutes
056 - Q&A with Àlex

In this episode, our CEO Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit, devotes some time to answer questions from our friends from in- and... more

29 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
055 - TV campaigns and marketing at scale, with Carlota Pi (Co-founder @ HolaLuz)

Back in the day, pre-pandemics and whatnot, we used to organise an annual conference called Startup Grind Tech. Oh, boy,... more

16 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
054 - Bootstrapping an AI product in Barcelona, with Marc Assens (CTO @ Happy Scribe)

We talk to Marc Assens, CTO and co-founder of Happy Scribe, an AI product from Barcelona offering real-time translations and... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour,
053 - Techstack changes & product rewrites with Ingrid Ødegaard (ex-CTO @ Whereby)

Appear.in was a video conference platform we started using in the early days of MarsBased, back when Google Meet Chats... more

22 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
052 - Frictionless development at scale, with Pau Minoves (CTO @ Typeform)

In this episode, we talk to Pau Minoves, CTO at Typeform, one of the longest-standing and hottest startups in Barcelona,... more

06 Jul 2022 · 54 minutes
051 - From developer to CTO, with Miguel Andrés (CTO @ Simplr)

In this week's episode, we discuss career paths for developers in the tech industry with Miguel Andrés (ex-Google, Badi, now... more

27 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
050 - Maximising the chances of a good exit, with Mike Counihan (Transcend Partners)

Third episode talking about M&A and how to sell your business with our friend Mike Counihan, from Transcend Partners.On part... more

09 May 2022 · 58 minutes
049 - Consolidation in the developer bootcamps market, with Boris Paillard (CEO @ LeWagon)

We've been collaborating with developer bootcamps throughout the years to ensure that we contribute to the next generations of developers,... more

20 Apr 2022 · 55 minutes
048 - Company culture and hiring tech talent in hyper-growth mode with Jordi Romero (CEO @ Factorial)

We sneaked into 4YFN (4 Years From Now), the startups conference of Mobile World Congress, to host a Startup Grind... more

30 Mar 2022 · 35 minutes
047 - Building the world's largest community of entrepreneurs, with Francisco Cruz

BOOM! the audio intros and outros are gone! We keep improving and iterating this podcast thanks to your feedback, making... more

02 Mar 2022 · 48 minutes
046 - The secret sauce of newsletters, with Jessica Ford (Startup Digest)

We have been curating the weekly newsletter of Startup Digest Barcelona since 2016 at MarsBased. Startup Digest contains a curated... more

17 Feb 2022 · 54 minutes
045 - Async & full-remote work challenges, with Amir Salihefendic (CEO & Founder @ Doist)

OK - this one is a BANGER. It's got everything we like: async work, remote, hard opinions on corporates and... more

01 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
044 - No-code as a solution to the global shortage of developers, with Nile Frater (NoCode.tech)

We discussed no-code one year ago with Ben Tossell, from Makerpad, a few weeks before he sold his company to... more

18 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
043 - Interview with Àlex at IndieHackers BCN

Hope y'all are having a very restful winter break wherever you are in the universe!We're kicking off the year with... more

04 Jan 2022 · 45 minutes
042 - Company update, December 2021

Our CEO apologises publicly for the interruption of the programming of this podcast. We've gone through very busy six months,... more

20 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
041 - Community is f***ing hard, with Mark Birch (AWS)

Community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community community... more

09 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
040 - Growth & ethics in marketing with Thomas Petit

We start this episode very well by stating that marketers ruin everything, so we don't expect to make a lot... more

25 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
039 - Facebook is down! What to do when my platform goes down?

For six hours, Facebook and some related services, like Whatsapp and Instagram, disconnected themselves off the internet.The whole world turned... more

12 Oct 2021 · 54 minutes
038 - Hiring and managing developers, with Xavier Redó (MarsBased) & Laura González (Schibsted)

One more episode remembering conversations from other events to kick off the new season of Life on Mars.We're bringing back... more

25 Sep 2021 · 43 minutes
037 - New season of Life on Mars!

In this episode, our CEO Àlex talks at length about the new season of Life on Mars and all the... more

15 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
036 - Hiring and growing an AI team in Barcelona, with Elisenda Bou (CTO @ Vilynx)

For this last summer edition of Life on Mars, we're going all the way back to October 2018, when we... more

30 Aug 2021 · 52 minutes
035 - Choosing technologies and technical co-founders, with Dorion Carroll (CTO/CIO @ Zynga)

We're repurposing an old (but still rings true today!) fireside chat we hosted at IronHack Barcelona in March 2017 with... more

16 Aug 2021 · 57 minutes
034 - Interview with Àlex at itnig!

For this episode, we'd like to share a small interview with Àlex, our CEO, at an investors pitch event hosted... more

02 Aug 2021 · 17 minutes
033 - How tech can prevent sexual harassment at work, with Eleanor Manley (CTO @ Metta Space)

Studies show that over 50% of people have experienced sexual harassment at work, and even a bigger amount of people... more

19 Jul 2021 · 48 minutes
032 - Building a CMS from scratch, with Didier Lafforgue (LocomotiveCMS)

We had the pleasure of hosting Didier Lafforgue, creator of LocomotiveCMS and CEO of the development agency NoCoffee.In 2016, we... more

05 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
031 - Seven years of MarsBased - Q&A with the founders

We wanted to celebrate our seven years as a company with a very special episode. Seven freaking years, already.We decided... more

21 Jun 2021 · 54 minutes
030 - Dissecting TwilioQuest (product, tech & community), with Chiara Massironi and Kevin Whinnery

Pixel art, dial-up modem sounds, 8-bit fantasy, RPG-like environments and tasks, retro music and HUGE loads of nostalgia. Does this... more

07 Jun 2021 · 55 minutes
029 - How to get into angel investing, with Liz Dunn Carroll

Liz Dunn Carroll has spent big part of her life working in technology corporations and high-growth startups in Silicon Valley,... more

25 May 2021 · 56 minutes
028 - Data at scale, with Jorge Gómez Sancha (Co-founder of TinyBird)

Data, data, data and data. Millions of companies are generating more and more data every day, while others are focused... more

10 May 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
027 - Why is adtech broken? - with Nandini Jammi (Check My Ads)

Companies are spending a fucktonne of money in marketing, and more specifically in ads, mostly on the main platforms like... more

26 Apr 2021 · 55 minutes
026 - What to do when you're approached by a buyer (part 2), with Mike Counihan (Transcend Partners)

No one reads podcast episode descriptions, so let's rehash the one from part 1 and add a bit of Lorem... more

12 Apr 2021 · 1 hour,
025 - What to do when you're approached by a buyer (part 1), with Mike Counihan (Transcend Partners)

Company sales: the miracle all entrepreneurs and business owners aspire to, mostly because we're bombarded every day with company exits... more

29 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
024 - The role of Developer Relations in tech companies, with Ana Cidre (auth0)

In this episode, we hosted Ana Cidre (Senior Developer Advocate at auth0) to talk about the role of Developer Relations... more

15 Mar 2021 · 55 minutes
023 - Leadership & communication in difficult times, with Pere Vallés (CEO @ Exoticca)

The last twelve to fifteen months have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. The COVID-19 pandemic brought several industries to... more

01 Mar 2021 · 54 minutes
022 - Stonks, Elon Musk, Gamestop, Doge, tech journalism and... metal! with Alex Wilhelm (TechCrunch)

The last few weeks have been crazy on the stock market, or should we say "stonks" market? The WallStreetBets movement... more

15 Feb 2021 · 1 hour,
021 - From CTO of TaskRabbit to founding a B2B open-source project, with Brian Leonard (CEO @ Grouparoo)

Brian Leonard co-founded the B2C startup TaskRabbit in 2009 and built its initial prototype coding it in Ruby on Rails,... more

01 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
020 - Choosing the tech stack and taking technological decisions, with Pau Ramon (CTO @ Factorial)

Pau Ramon has been spearheading the technical department of two of the hottest Barcelona-based startups of the last years: Redbooth... more

19 Jan 2021 · 49 minutes
Life on Mars - A podcast from MarsBased
025 - What to do when you're approached by a buyer (part 1), with Mike Counihan (Transcend Partners)
Life on Mars - A podcast from MarsBased

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Company sales: the miracle all entrepreneurs and business owners aspire to, mostly because we're bombarded every day with company exits news, and... more