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Late 2019 will build on top of some work that kicked off during the summer, but it will also incorporate a couple of brand new projects that I just recently started experimenting with: #TIL & Ask Irene.
Published on September 01, 2019
The most surprising and unexpected insights after a month of publishing a daily Tweet about something I've learned that day. Or what I've learned from Today I Learned.
Published on August 28, 2019
Inspired by r/todayilearned, I embarked on a micro-project to share a daily Tweet with the hashtag #TIL about something insightful I have learned that day.
Published on August 11, 2019
We all have a hard time learning from history. Just a few years ago, a phone was considered not capable enough to ever replace a PC. Time has proven all of us wrong. Smartwatches are already walking down the exact same path. Yet we seem to have forgotten.
Published on July 24, 2019
A show that wants to inspire and encourage you to launch your new project or business idea. Also, an excuse for us to geek out on a weekly basis, and share our strong, controversial opinions around the products we love.
Published on June 12, 2019
Mid 2019 does away with Training and features a brand new Learning section — kickstarting with no other than the Feynman Lectures 🤯. Other topics include Radio Lanza and a more mindful approach to reading.
Published on May 01, 2019
Without even having an informed discussion about it, we have just capitulated and plainly opened the gates for everybody to light up our devices displays, on demand.
Published on April 25, 2019
An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones
Published on April 14, 2019
The entire sub3 venture was founded around an empty goal. It was all about winning a self-constructed game, but not something I was actually enjoying.
Published on April 06, 2019
The quickest way to cross an item from your to-do list, I found out, is to not do it in the first place. Yet it is surprising the (irrelevant) amount of things we keep in our (personal) backlogs just because we simply committed to them in the past.
Published on March 28, 2019
The hidden role of chance in life and in the markets
Published on March 17, 2019
Book summaries are getting a new format, featuring original content and shorter word-count. Also during mid-2019, I will be working on a dedicated feature within collado.io to surface its content even more.
Published on February 27, 2019
A counterintuitive approach to living a good life
Published on February 10, 2019
A great way to generate user insights is to look for hacks they come up with on their own to get the job done. This is exactly what pansa is ultimately about: designing an explicit feature out my note-taking hacks.
Published on January 22, 2019
When it comes to advising somebody, it is as important for the advisor to be knowledgeable and qualified, as is for the advisee to be ready to listen, ready to act.
Published on January 09, 2019
This year will start by consolidating and doubling down on the 2018' themes: training, making — i.e. coding, and reading; but with a slightly different focus.
Published on January 01, 2019
Introducing Magis 1.0, with a new name, continuous deployment, user authentication, real-time database... and an inconsequential, but exhausting data model refactor.
Published on December 12, 2018
After more than 300 commits and six months in the making, the new collado.io is finally live. Besides the announcement, this post should also serve as the must-read, cautionary tale for all the things that are still not fully baked.
Published on December 08, 2018
In this second attempt, I distill the problems behind the note-taking experience from a product perspective, rather than taking an unreasonably opinionated approach, as I did in the first post.
Published on November 21, 2018
Note-taking apps are frustrating tools when it comes to building long-lasting domain knowledge. While they are delightful input mechanisms, most still fail at post-processing the information, connecting its content, and present it in the form of knowledge.
Published on November 16, 2018
The product story behind the major refactor to the Magis app (formerly Would You Rather), Udacity's React Nanodegree second project, based on React & Redux.
Published on November 01, 2018
A retrospective of the first month of the sub3 marathon project. Despite it got off to a solid start, challenges around maintaining volume while pushing times and PRs down, still remain.
Published on September 24, 2018
In a nutshell, I'll be wrapping up the year by spending more time training, preparing to run a sub3 marathon; coding, finishing the moving of collado.io and diving deep into JS; and finally, reading, a lot of reading.
Published on September 01, 2018
Last year I set out to run a marathon in less than 3 hours and failed. This year I will reset my goal but also make a fun project out of it.
Published on August 20, 2018
After more than five years hosted at Squarespace, this very blog is taking its biggest leap forward and moving to its own, new place.
Published on August 17, 2018
A review of the Udacity React Developer Nanodegree, from a product manager (and developer aficionado) perspective.
Published on August 09, 2018
How the mere act of setting the mouse aside to the left of the keyboard completely changed the relationship with my computer, forever.
Published on May 30, 2018
Why I stuck with the DAND's monthly structure rather than switching to the updated term-based model.
Published on May 16, 2018
I went to the movies and left wondering whether it will become cheaper to recreate an entirely new world rather than fixing the one we live in.
Published on May 09, 2018
What I learned about making and breaking habits — to sleep more, quit sugar, procrastinate less, and generally build a happier life
Published on April 11, 2018
A review of the Udacity Data Analyst Nanodegree, from a Product Manager's perspective.
Published on February 04, 2018
At some point, any hard skill will inevitably become a commodity. The ability to adapt, retool and learn new things will become the keys to master your own professional fate.
Published on November 27, 2017
The ancient art of turning adversity to advantage
Published on October 12, 2017
In an unexpected turn of events, I had been presented with the opportunity to kickstart Ironhack's product team. A blank canvas and the amazing challenge to create unique, unforgettable learning experiences for our students.
Published on September 28, 2017
I've been told that everybody likes to travel. Yet the idea of tourism looks totally broken to me and fueled by the wrong incentives. Here's a different approach to traveling, one that puts us in the driver seat, taking active control of the journey.
Published on August 15, 2017
We care about our community to an extent other people would think we are insane. It has become a fundamental piece of our student experience and the key to having the best product.
Published on July 01, 2017
How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works — a true story
Published on May 03, 2017
Passion, craft, and enthusiasm are the required ingredients in order to build great things. The best way to nurture this mindset is to have these enthusiastic students sharing the same room.
Published on February 19, 2017
What if Apple became its own carrier and rolled out the next Apple Watch with a built-in, low power, worldwide cellular capabilities that would provide the device with an always-on connection.
Published on August 21, 2016
Despite having been pulled away from explicit design roles as my day job, I have always embraced design principles when making a product or a business decision.
Published on July 03, 2016
College incentives are completely misaligned because its success is not properly linked to student outcomes anymore. Rather, it has become a social apparatus to which students go because they just feel that they have to.
Published on June 26, 2016
When you start in a new job, most of the time, you pretty much don't know what you're doing. Yet this naive attitude is usually the one that turns what it would seem like a fool's errand into an amazing opportunity you can't miss on.
Published on June 15, 2016
Autonomous cars and its implications explained, from drivetrains, ownership to operations.
Published on June 04, 2016
Little changes can cause amazing outcomes. The last chapter of this story features three small tweaks I made to my phone settings, that have radically changed the way I interact with my digital life.
Published on May 31, 2016
This Saturday I will be enrolling the Ironhack Web Development program, and why everybody in a managing position, technical or not, should join, too.
Published on March 30, 2016
It is not a human move — Fan Hui said. We are teaching computers how to think.
Published on March 12, 2016
Chances are that sooner or later you'll need to deal with code or with someone who codes. The parallelism seems inevitable, learning how to program in the near future can be compared to studying English today.
Published on February 07, 2016
In its first edition, the We/Code has already become the largest coding festival in Europe, where we aimed to teach how to code a simple web app to more than 200 people, in just one day.
Published on October 22, 2015
The Internet has flipped the advertisement industry in its head. Which in turn, has surfaced a plethora of market niches that were simply not available before, yet they remain to be addressed.
Published on October 10, 2015
After just twelve days, I traded a praised sabbatical for one of the most challenging opportunities I have ever been faced. I am joining Ironhack as the Campus Manager in Barcelona, which means setting up the entire city operations from scratch.
Published on September 28, 2015
Last September, I stepped down from iomando, the company I co-founded almost four years ago. Arguably, the most difficult and also painful decision I have ever faced in my professional life.
Published on September 04, 2015
An unconventional tourist guide to Berlin — brought to you by someone born and raised in Barcelona, with a rather strict travel policy.
Published on August 25, 2015
eBay is leaving the occasional, unsophisticated seller behind. wallapop has timely captured the niche with a laser-focused, mobile-first experience that makes of second-hand marketplaces a pure delight.
Published on May 27, 2015
While eBay has undoubtedly grown into one of the largest online marketplaces, it has done it at the expense of becoming a jack of all trades, but master of none. Delivering a poor experience for solo-users wanting to sell their stuff.
Published on May 17, 2015
An oversimplified, overly opinionated, non-affiliated commentary around the trade-offs between the reading experience of the Kindle e-readers versus the good old paper books.
Published on January 26, 2015
Imagine a multi-purpose device that delivers the best experience at any given situation. This article examines the current market trends hunting for the ultimate device, the one that will rule them all.
Published on July 20, 2014
Making product decisions is hard. The moment we choose, we are making implicit decisions and exposing ourselves to be wrong. We are all afraid to be wrong, but not deciding can set you up for a way worse outcome down the road.
Published on June 09, 2014
Introducing iomando API, the toolkit that will allow developers to create, build and integrate new products on top of our access technology.
Published on April 25, 2014
The importance of acquired behaviors when launching a product is overlooked, it runs against innovation and creating new market opportunities. But there are hidden costs in reinventing the wheel: shaping new behaviors can be even more daunting than facing competition.
Published on April 12, 2014
Problems overwhelm us and we want to get them out of the way as soon as possible. Yet sometimes, a closer look, might turn them into growth opportunities and means to deliver amazing experiences.
Published on April 01, 2014
The ultimate raison d'être of iomando is as simple as the fact that we are replacing plastic for bits. That's what software does by definition, it enables and reaps the benefits of scale.
Published on March 16, 2014
iomando operates a double-sided business model that provides a classic markup sale for distributors, but also enables a SAAS to run on top — which was the result of several failed attempts to fit a software-based solution within a traditionally hardware-based industry.
Published on March 03, 2014
Introducing iomando Door Status, a new technology that will allow every admin to check, at any given moment, in real-time, their door status.
Published on February 23, 2014
While focus is usually perceived as a fundamental component to build a sustainable business in the long-term, when in survival mode, focus might only contribute to wreck you down.
Published on February 11, 2014
As we advanced on our journey we discovered new, initially invisible markets to serve, where our product was a better fit. The hardest part though was acknowledging that our initial product ideas were not optimal.
Published on January 23, 2014
Introducing iomando 2.0.1, the ~~not that~~ minor update that brings along push synchronization across the board. The feature that nobody will see, but everybody will notice.
Published on January 13, 2014
Introducing iomando 2.0, the product story behind its three most prominent and challenging features.
Published on January 07, 2014
Introducing iomando 2.0 hardware, with double relay bay to control up to four accesses, radio communications for mesh networking and GPS support.
Published on December 27, 2013
Introducing iomando 2.0, with a redesigned interface, passwordless login, support for multiple doors, location-based permissions and much more.
Published on December 12, 2013
I love cars, but getting rid of mine was probably the smartest, most gratifying decision I've made during my twenties.
Published on September 08, 2013
After my college years, these are some thoughts on the history and value of an Industrial Engineering degree.
Published on August 31, 2013
How we changed our pricing strategy in order to make both distributors and customers happy, while creating a sustainable business along the way.
Published on June 10, 2013
An original, unaltered replica of a post published on the official iomando blog that introduced iomando 1.1, with a faster and more secure open experience and a new mobile management tool.
Published on May 09, 2013
The reasons behind the controversial decision of using cellular technology — rather than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, to power our IoT devices.
Published on April 02, 2013
Why subscription-based businesses promote the right incentives in order to deliver the best products and create healthier customer relationships.
Published on March 11, 2013
An original, unaltered replica of the very first post published on the official iomando blog that introduced iomando 1.0, the first version of the product.
Published on February 23, 2013
Most of our initial assumptions about iomando proved to be wrong early on. This is the story of how we turned the entire business model around and the lessons we learned while introducing the very first iteration of the product.
Published on January 15, 2013