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!

How We Created Our Own Frontend Framework: MarsMan (and Why)

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2016 was a really challenging year for MarsBased. Throughout the entire year, we worked on about 16 different projects, and even though I joined as a full-time employee in June, I've been involved in most of them in the design, UX and frontend development phases.

Switching projects isn't always easy, especially when dealing with different clients who have different tech stacks and different libraries in every project, or even very diverse visual guidelines.

Luckily enough, we came up with the idea to standardise the visual elements we're using throughout all our projects and grouped them in a library of our own: MarsMan.

Curating the Best Newsletter for Startups and Entrepreneurs: Startup Digest

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It's been almost a month since we started running the Startup Digest newsletter in Barcelona, but we wanted to make it official to everyone.

As you might already know, we organise Startup Grind in Barcelona since April 2014. Startup Grind is a monthly event that aims to connect, inspire and educate entrepreneurs, and it happens in more than 200 cities in over 80 different countries.

Five Reasons Why Our Clients Love Ruby on Rails for Their Apps

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As a specialised development consultancy, we work on projects of all sorts. In our first two years of existence, we learnt a lot about client-side work. You can find our recap on our blog entry We Don't Need a CEO (Lessons Learnt in Two Years Running a Development Consultancy).

Our tech stack is based on the framework Ruby on Rails and Ruby as the programming language, for which we sometimes receive some objections, saying it's not solid or popular enough. Our clients think otherwise, and we have summed up the five main reasons why they love Ruby on Rails for their projects.

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