Find all the past issues of our newsletter, where you will find our best blog posts, lessons learnt, insights from the industry and much more!
Season's greetings from Mars 🎄 (December 22, 2022)
Like every year, we celebrated our Xmas Martian Day in Barcelona, which was very special. The founders presented the results of the year as well as the goals for the year ahead, we discussed ideas for improvement, we voted on the next year's retreat destination - Formentera 🏝, we had the awards ceremony, the MarsBased Trivial, and whatnot. We ended up the day with a celebration dinner to which our collaborators and the Startup Grind team were invited too. What a table 😍
Surfing economic downturns (November 29, 2022)
Amid the news of massive layoffs in the sector, our CEO Àlex addressed the team in an internal basecamp post to let us know that the company is very stable and that we're signing very long contracts with clients, and even expanding our team. Listen directly from Àlex what is MarsBased doing to ensure stability, because it could be applicable also to other agencies and contractors/freelancers.
Personalism vs. professionalism 🚨 (October 25, 2022)
There's a thin line between being professional and having no limits to what you do for work and how you do it. Overpleasing people constantly might actually be detrimental to your business and your reputation. We tell you how we deal with it at MarsBased, how we are building the reputation of the company, and how we've gotten so far, after almost nine years doing this.
New season, new updates ☄️ (September 27, 2022)
In this issue of the newsletter, we shared how we've adopted async as a natural evolution of our officeless, full-remote philosophy. We also signed new contracts, and thus, we were growing our team and looking for developers. We also introduced a new website design.
2 Years of Podcast 🎉 (June 30, 2022)
In June 2022, Life on Mars podcast turned 2 years old with a total of 50 episodes in the English edition + another 50 in the Spanish one. Our CEO Àlex shared the main learnings along the way on a Twitter thread. We also shared our top episodes for each feed.
Energized from our company retreat 💚 (May 31, 2022)
In May 2022, the Martians traveled to Asturias for the company retreat! 3 days of quality time together, with plenty of fun activities such as paintball, hiking around the Covadonga lakes, visiting towns by the coast, and enjoying the local gastronomy (so tasty) feel so stimulating 🚀
Can't believe this is happening 🎉 (April 27, 2022)
We had been around two years apart, and none of us could really believe meeting again in person was actually happening. After postponing due to Omicron what would've been our first in-person Christmas Martian Day in two years, on April 1st 2022, we got the crew back together, and no, it wasn't an April's Fools. This was happening for reals. Our very own Genís takes us through the journey in this blog post with plenty of cool shots he took for us.
Celebrating our 8th anniversary 🎉 (March 15, 2022)
Eight years ago, MarsBased was born 🌱 Years after, we stick to our roots having no office, no board, no investment, no advisors, no acceleration nor incubation programs, no paid advertising, and no shortcuts whatsoever. We're at our peak, envisioning the exciting times ahead. Thanks to everyone for making it possible 🙌🏼.
Thank you 2021 (???!?!?!) (February 15, 2022)
2021 was one hell of a ride. It brought us the best and worst moments as a company, so we wanted to acknowledge all we'd done and everyone who supported us along the way.
Martian crew in expansion 🚀 (November 16, 2021)
We're abducting once-Martians! That week, we started working again with Emilio, the first and only intern we had in the company back in 2014, and his business partners. After his internship in 2014, Emilio went back to his studies, but we knew we'd work together again someday, and so did he, as stated in his farewell post, An internship out of this world, where he explained his experience on Mars. We're so happy that moment has arrived. Welcome (back) Emilio, and company!
Audit the code you inherit ⚡️ (October 19, 2021)
How many times have you - as an agency or freelancer - inherited code from a previous provider or another team? How many times have you been blamed for things that were not your fault? You can avoid it, if you follow our advice.
Now, what's next? 🔭 (September 21, 2021)
Back from our summer break, full of energy and cool stuff to share with you. We kicked off the new season of our podcast, we went back to offline events and we were more eager than ever to share our learnings and opinions on diverse topics, as it’s the case for remote work and wellbeing in this issue.
One year of Life on Mars! (June 22, 2021)
We celebrated one year of our podcast, Life on Mars, in this issue, so we provided a guide of how to start listening to it. We made a selection of three episodes in English and Spanish for each of the following categories: The most listened, About MarsBased, For techies, and Inspirational / Fun / Miscellanea. We also shared a special episode of Q&A with the three founders, our new client: DeWocracy, and some of our best content from the blog and events we've spoken at.
Beating the virus: lessons from our 7th year running MarsBased (May 18, 2021)
The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone differently and we are no exception. We wanted to share, in this issue, our ups and downs from 2020 in our annual post about lessons learnt, including management, finance, and mental health, among other topics. There's also a fair share of interesting articles about remote work, this time around.
Our podcast website has been released!! (April 20, 2021)
Two months before the first anniversary of Life on Mars, our podcast, we had +50 episodes in English and Spanish with +5,5K downloads from the audience. We wanted to keep building on it, and that's why we released a freshly designed dedicated NEW WEBSITE, in which you can find all the audios and videos in one single place. We hope you ❤️ it as much as we do!
Hiring more Martians! (March 16, 2021)
2021 started in good fashion for us. After a surprisingly good 2020 (in business terms), we hired a couple of extra people, and we signed new projects for the rest of the year. In this issue, we shared our job openings, a bunch of our most popular podcast episodes, announced two new clients, and we started sharing news from the tech industry.
Making software development a better place (February 16, 2021)
Our company would not exist without Open Source software. In order to give back to the OSS community, we're actively supporting, creating and maintaining Open Source projects to make software development a better place for us all.
Let's keep building cool things in 2021! (January 12, 2021)
Throughout all the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial voyage, one tends to lose focus and forget about enjoying the ride. Also, we tend to focus on our own vision and forget about how others perceive us, which is as important or even more than what we think about ourselves! Hopefully, this issue of the newsletter will inspire you to reflect on this topic and realise that you're also building cool things.
2020... what a ride! 🎢 (December 15, 2020)
2020 was quite a wild ride, to put it simply. We couldn't find words to describe such an awkward year, but we wanted to share a breakdown, month-by-month, of what we lived, to have a recollection of our learnings and feelings as a company.
We're hiring our first Project Manager 👩🏻🚀 (November 10, 2020)
We decided to grow MarsBased to work on even bigger projects, in late 2020. We had secured some of the biggest contracts we've ever signed and we needed extra people to tackle all of them. That's why started looking for our first Project Manager to join our Martian team, to ensure the smooth development of our multiple projects enabling our leadership team to be focused on other areas.
What's up on the red planet? (October 13, 2020)
Fall began full of activity at MarsBased 🍁 Several contracts got extended and we were also preparing a bunch of offers for potential clients. Getting ready to take up new projects implies increasing our capacity. Thus, we were looking for developers to join our spaceship. Keep reading to know the details and to find out how we take care of the onboarding process of our new hires 👇🏻
Martian radio signals keep pelting Earth🍹🎧 (September 15, 2020)
The summer of 2020, we had the impression of having been especially close to you through our Life on Mars podcast. That was our idea: to provide you with a radio-like format content to listen to us while on the go, whenever and wherever is most convenient to you.
Count on Martians to help boost your project! (July 7, 2020)
At MarsBased, we are eager to help you either at the tech level, by sharing our expertise or connecting you to our community. We were currently planning the months ahead, and we had some capacity to take up new projects, so we reached out to our immediate circles to see if we could help anyone out there. Take a look at our services below and let us know if we can be of any help to your project!
Our Life on Mars Podcast is now live! 🎧🚀 (June 2, 2020)
We had just released the first episodes of our podcast Life on Mars! Since then, we're live on Spotify and iTunes, in Spanish and in English, in two separate feeds. The podcast is also be available on all the available platforms out there. Follow us to listen to stories of the best founders, investors, experts and celebrities from all around the galaxy on topics such as technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Next adventure coming soon... Life on Mars Podcast 🚀🎧 (May 19, 2020)
In our first six years, we’d been sharing our experience on our blog, and speaking at events, conferences & podcasts. It was time to take it to the next level, and we did it by launching our own podcast - Life on Mars. On this podcast about technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, we're interviewing the best founders, investors and experts from all around the galaxy. We launched on June 2nd, 2020!
Two years of Martian Newsletters! (May 5, 2020)
We celebrated two years since we sent our very first newsletter, on our 34th issue! We compiled all the past issues of our newsletter for you, where you can find our best blog posts, lessons learnt, insights from the industry and our universally-acclaimed Martian gifs!
No office, no investors, no worries - six years of learnings (April 21, 2020)
We kicked off our seventh year of operations running MarsBased. Every year, we compile all the learnings acquired in the past 12 months, to look back at everything we've done, but mostly to share with others what we wished we had known in our early days.
MarsBased YouTube channel launched! (April 7, 2020)
During the last weeks, we've been hosting online events. To make this content easily accessible to you, we created our YouTube channel. Plenty of interesting talks on remote working, how to have difficult conversations in such uncertain times, Martian tech talks, etc. are already available. Check it out!
How to Make Your Remote Working Experience Better (March 17, 2020)
Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, many companies and people were forced to experience remote work for the first time. We have been working remotely since we created the company, in 2014. We shared a few tips that will make remote working a better experience and sustainable over time.
Turning 6 very soon... (March 3, 2020)
To gear up for our sixth anniversary, we remembered our reflections on the things we learnt in the exciting journey of running our first company in the first five years. Not only business development-related tips, but in this newsletter we also shared our learnings on marketing, participation in conferences, etc. Keep on reading!
Learn Tech Tips From Martians (February 18, 2020)
As a specialized consultancy, we do not only bring extra muscle to speed up the development pace of our clients, but we also contribute with our extensive business knowledge and our worldwide network. Do you want to know how?
Join the Barcelona Startup Community (February 4, 2020)
Every year, we organise a big Startup Grind event as an afterwork for Mobile World Congress / 4 Years For Now, but this year… we're doing three of them! Find out more in this blog post! This happened before the COVID-19 outbreak, so after that we had to resort to online events and cancel our conference!
Let's jump high in 2020! (January 21, 2020)
Like a lot of people on Earth, we like to share our New Year resolutions to keep progressing in our careers. Some of our team members share theirs on this blog post!
Thank you 2019! (December 17, 2019)
In the last issue of the year, we shared that 2019 has been one of the most interesting rides of our career. We managed to turn around one of the biggest setbacks we've ever had and finished with the biggest year so far. We shared our gratitud and a recap of the year we've had!
Looking for investment? (December 3, 2019)
Our broad network includes many business angels, VCs and other investment vehicles who are always looking for new talent. We made an open call for startups to send us their decks if they were fundraising. We also shared a couple of fireside chats we did in October and shared our latest portfolio: DPL ETT.
Introducing the MarsBased Employee Handbook! (November 19, 2019)
Onboarding people the right way is as important as hiring the right people for your company. To prevent forgetting things during the onboarding process, we published our employee Handbook, a centralised document of reference for new hires to find answers to some of the most common questions, and we devoted this issue of the newsletter to explain many of the things we do in the company.
We are launching a new service: Tech Audits! (November 5, 2019)
Our Tech Due Diligences asses the state of companies' tech assets & workflows, analysing potential issues in security, scalability, dependencies, performance, and whether they do what they say they do. If you need to check the work of your current provider, or the quality of the work your team members produce, let's talk about it. This is also valid for companies you want to invest in, if you're an investor.
Need advice with Node.js? Let us help you! (October 15, 2019)
We started 2019 announcing our adoption of Node.js as a de facto development environment for our backend projects, in addition to Rails. We dedicated this edition of the MarsBased newsletter to share with you our experience with Node.js.
Looking for talent to join the Martian Spaceship! (October 1, 2019)
Things were looking great on the Red Planet. We lined up projects for the next six months and further, so we made an open call for more talent to join us as a team member or as a freelancer. In order to attract them, we shared a good radiography of the company, including our Playbook, our vision as a company, some of our best blog posts as well as our partnerships with big companies like Techstars.
Back to work: company culture, awards & more! (September 10, 2019)
We broke the news that our mobile apps for Vies Verdes had been awarded on a European level, in this issue. We also shared a compendium of four blog posts we wrote about everything we know about company culture aptly named 'Everything we know about company culture'. You're welcome!
Stay cool during summer with a company retreat! (July 2, 2019)
Company get-togethers are paramount to running healthy all-remote teams. In this edition of our newsletter, we shared everything we know (and a few blog posts of other companies writing about this topic) so you can organise your own company retreat!
Need help with Angular? Who you gonna call? (June 18, 2019)
Earlier in 2019, we started doing more tech-oriented issues. This one, entirely devoted to our Angular know-how, has got a collection of blog posts we've written about this frontend framework and shared a couple of success cases from our portfolio where we used Angular as the main technology.
Who's behind the tech and startup scenes in Barcelona? (June 4, 2019)
This issue was entirely dedicated to explaining what we do for the tech and startup scenes in Barcelona: the events we organise and sponsor, the talks we give in other conferences, our initiatives and a few blog posts explaining how we run all of them. You will also find, quite possibly, the best gif ever. Open it at your own risk!
Thinking big: discover our corporate side 🚀 (May 21, 2019)
Bigger consultancies, corporates and city-wide initiatives trust our expertise in technology and entrepreneurship, and our worldwide network. We wrote a newsletter for them, sharing what we do for the corporate industry, our news announcing our joining the boards of Catalonia Logistics and MWC's Barcelona Digital Talent, Everis as a new client, and a few blog posts which might be interesting for people on the corporate side of business.
Five Years of MarsBased: Still Alive and Kicking! 🚀 (May 7, 2019)
Every year, we write a blog post with all the lessons learnt the previous 12 months. In this issue, we shared every edition of these blog posts. We also announced two new US-based clients: Pivot Analysis and Spin (a Ford company), shared a cool initiative to bond further with our remote team and shared the photos of our Startup Grind Tech Conference 2019, where we celebrated 5 years of Startup Grind in Barcelona.
Want to Know How People in Tech Think? (April 4, 2019)
We help our clients to hire developers and we advise a few other companies to grow their tech teams. In this issue, we shared the annual Stack Overflow 'Developer Survey Results' so our readers could learn more about the state of the art of the tech industry. We also announced that we were expanding our team, the final line-up of the third Startup Grind Tech Conference, and shared a blog post about using Shrine as an alternative to Active Storage.
MarsBased's 5th Anniversary! (March 19, 2019)
In March 2019, we turned five years old. A huge milestone for a small company like ours, so we celebrated it by announcing our first product, Rosetta, and we premiered our Instagram account. In this issue, you can also find a tech blog post on how to run Shopify locally for development purposes.
Martians, more resourceful than ever! (March 5, 2019)
In this issue, our CTO, Xavi, shared the risks of using Wordpress as a foundation for your startup's techstack and how bespoke development is a much better solution for the long term. Our CEO, Àlex, shared how he manages his email (over 500 messages a day! 🤨) and we premiered the Services pages of our website.
A whole year in one page 📝 (February 5, 2019)
2018 was one of the best years of the company, so we compiled a month-to-month breakdown of all that happened to our company in a very successful blog post. We also announced our new business lines of web development using Node.js and React.
Take your project to outer space in 2019 🚀 (January 8, 2019)
We kicked off 2019 by being thankful to everyone we've crossed paths with in our entrepreneurial journey. We also made an open call to line up new projects, announcing our new offerings in technologies and shared our insights as service providers in the corporate world, and how we are key in corporate venturing projects. We also announced the 2019 edition of the Startup Grind Tech Conference!
Wrapping up 2018 on Earth (December 4, 2018)
2018 was a great year for us. We had a really successful Startup Grind Tech Conference, where our CTO Xavi spoke about hiring and building teams of remote developers, and then he shared a blog post about his tips for public speaking. We also found many new clients throughout the year, grew our team and released a new website with our new visual identity and our Playbook.
Imminent Martian Invasion in Barcelona! (November 6, 2018)
The second edition of the Startup Grind Tech Conference was just around the corner. We announced the founders and CXOs of N26, Shazam, Codecademy, Dow Jones, Revolut and many more companies as speakers for our conference and shared a blog post about managing remote teams and one about deploying Ruby on Rails projects using Kubernetes.
Back at full speed (October 9, 2018)
Fresh right out of the summer break, we reached warp speed with our projects and announced ticket sales for our second edition of the Startup Grind Tech Conference 2018. We also shared a blog post about how to prioritise tasks when working with a lot of people and a more technical one: How to Set Up a React + Parcel Boilerplate Project.
No shortcuts (September 6, 2018)
Our principles are paramount to understanding our business. We believe in keeping it simple, in providing the best conditions to work, in transparency, and in never compromising quality. In this issue, we talk at length about our values.
We never stop for holidays! (August 14, 2018)
Most companies close down for holidays. We like to be able to service our current clients and also to talk to potential ones. We also celebrate one of the biggest events for startups in Barcelona: the Startup Grind BCN Summer Party! Read about it all in this issue.
Our Martian Retreat to Dublin (July 4, 2018)
Read about our second company retreat, where we spent a few days in the beautiful city of Dublin ☘️ Company get-togethers are one of the best ways to keep a team engaged and highly motivated. We also shared a couple of articles about ReactiveX and Node.js APIs.
Want to become a Martian? 👽 (June 5, 2018)
In June 2018, we were hiring. We wanted to attract talent and therefore we shared a few technical articles about Node.js, our post about the lessons learnt in the fourth year of the company, the announcement of our joining the Catalonia Logistics cluster, and much more!
Alien ideas, Human code (May 9, 2018)
In our second issue, we introduced our slogan, which combines perfectly with the redesigned announced previously. We also announced the launch of Startup Grind Andorra and our new client: BlueprintHQ. In this issue, you can also find our advice to hire more developers and a few good articles about GDPR.
Welcome to the MarsBased newsletter! (April 11, 2018)
In our first newsletter, we introduced our new logo, slogan and redesign of some parts of the website. We welcomed our new clients C40 and Localistico and we shared two of our most popular blog posts: one about being an Office Manager in an officeless company, and our CTO's advice on how to take breaks from intensive tasks to find quick & massive boosts for the project you're working on.
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