On this blog I write about topics that I care about. I hope that doing this will help me understand things better and that what I write might be valuable to some people.
Here is a summary of what I have done with my first 38 years of life.
I was born in 1982 in Madrid, Spain and that’s where I spent most of my young life.
As a teenager when my friends took on the rituals of transforming into wild animals through alcohol and dance to painfully loud music, I surrounded myself with video-games, roleplaying games, computers, comics, yoga and meditation.
By 2000, when people my age normally went to university I decided instead to work because “I knew enough” and I didn’t want to waste time with useless knowledge. So I joined a consulting company but it went bankrupt when someone stole millions and ran to the Cayman Islands. I then co-founded a tiny website-generator-for-small-businesses type of startup that I left after two years when sales started going up and promises were broken. At that point I decided that I didn’t know enough and I went to university because I loved building software and also to have more choices.
During that time I started blogging here, I created a gaming community called gamersmafia.com, and I also built a science and technology digital newspaper called laflecha.net. I’m grateful for these experiences because I met a lot of like-minded people, and I was able to channel my energy in a creative way.
During my university years, 2005 - 2010, I spent a year in Japan which opened my eyes to a very different way of living life than I was used to. I loved the country so much that I have gone back multiple times since then. Besides Japan, I also spent a year studying at a top US Computer Science university and an internship at CERN which removed any delusions I still had about knowing a lot about computers and it also showed more lifestyle options.
After university, in early 2010, I joined Google and spent the next ten years living in Ireland, the US, Switzerland and Andorra. Thanks to Google I have been able to travel all over the world, and I’ve met incredibly talented and inspiring people with very different values, work and communication styles. I have struggled with stress, anxiety and meaning, and I have made plenty of failures but I’ve grown and learned so much and gotten so much back that I wouldn’t change the experience for anything.
Check my now page if you want to know what I’m currently working on. I update it monthly.
I’ve been taking travel pictures since I first visited Japan in 2007 as a way to help me remember what I see and be more present. Here are some of my favorites: