Looking Back to 2016: A Year of Consolidation for MarsBased

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Time flies! It feels almost like yesterday, but it was actually three years ago when we started operating this humble company.

During the past year, 2016, we were involved in a lot of interesting initiatives: over a dozen different development & design projects, growing Startup Grind BCN to over 120 people per event, hiring two more people, working on internal projects (check our last post about our frontend framework called MarsMan) and many more.

In this post, you will find a month-to-month recap of what we've been through during 2016!

We Don't Need a CEO (Lessons Learnt in Two Years Running a Development Consultancy)

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This is a follow-up to last year's Lessons Learnt: One Year Running Our Own Business, in which we shared all we had learnt in our first year operating as a development consultancy in Barcelona.

After two years, we're stronger than ever. Alive and kicking.

If You're Not Writing, You're Losing Sales: Here's the Why and How of Blogging for Business

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Everyone seems to struggle to get their five minutes of glory to give exposure to their startup. That is, nowadays, being featured on Product Hunt, Reddit or other major publishing sites that will drive thousands of visitors to your site.

However, very few people do something about it, and most of them overlook a very powerful tool that's been there for ages, it's quick and easy to set up and will most likely not die for at least a few more years: a blog.

Working Remotely from Berlin

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In our previous blog entry (Our Six Tips for Remote Working), we mentioned how much we identify ourselves with the culture of remote working. It is actually one of the main pillars of our company culture, and our methodologies clearly reflect the need to be able to work from wherever we want.

Actually, before that, we also wrote about hiring in a distributed team and even in our Lessons Learnt post from a couple of months back.

Two of us spent a good ten days in Berlin, the capital of Germany, and this has been our experience.

Our Six Tips for Working Remotely

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At MarsBased, we have a strongly defined company culture. We believe that in order to compete with bigger companies, smaller ventures have to define a strong company culture that attracts like-minded people.

One of our core principles is being able to work remotely. As an officeless company, we want to be able to work from wherever we are, regardless of our location or time-zone. As long as the work gets done, who cares where did you write your code from?

While you wait for the second part of our blogging guide (read the first part here), you can read our team's advice for working remotely.

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