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About

Hello! I'm Janel, a maker, marketer & community builder based in Barcelona, Spain.

I love to learn, curate, write and build things.

I created this site to share my thoughts on personal growth, learning and building, as well as the unique experiences I've had through life. I've always been a tinkerer and love finding new ways to do things, so I'll also share about the cool tools that I find and how they make my life better.

I’m an “on the bright side” kind of person. I choose to see the positive in all situations and everyone I meet. The things that are the most important to me in life are relationships and experiences.

What I'm Working On

  • I'm a Program Manager at On Deck's No-Code Fellowship!
  • I write BrainPint, a newsletter for the curious. Every Tuesday, I send out a medley of interesting reads, tools and learning resources to more than 4,000 people.
  • I created Newsletter OS, a comprehensive Notion dashboard that helps newsletter creators curate, write & grow their newsletters.
  • I created Podcast OS with Josh Kaplan, another Notion resource that helps podcasters pitch, produce and earn from their podcasts.
  • I'm building a community and safe space for independent creators to give & get actionable feedback on their projects at Pheedback [currently on hiatus]
  • I'm in the pioneer cohort of LaunchMBA, a community & program that encourages us to launch 12 products in 12 months
  • I also do consulting on growth, marketing, business development, and strategy.

What Drives Me?

  • Curiosity: A natural explorer, I often scurry down rabbit holes while following my curiosity. I seek out new experiences and alternative ways of seeing or doing things. New ideas, people, concepts and places excite me.
  • Love Of Learning: Passionate about building knowledge and expertise in multiple, sometimes seemingly disconnected fields. I learn best through doing, not reading manuals, so I take a hands-on approach to learning.
  • Self-Improvement: I want to become a better version of myself every day.
  • Long-Term Games with Long-Term People: I'm here for the long run. I see life as a positive-sum game where there can be multiple winners, and I want to intentionally walk through that journey with people I hold close.
  • Grit: I have the resilience and courage to keep pushing on when things get tough. I hold up very well in adverse situations.

Things I'm Interested In

  • Self-development and learning
  • Mental models for better thinking
  • Building with no-code
  • Growth marketing
  • Reading, writing and newsletters
  • Stock investing (especially in SaaS companies)
  • Consumer psychology

What Else Makes Me Happy?

  • Learning from different cultures - I've lived in 6 countries and travelled to 51
  • Connecting with new people & helping others grow
  • Enjoying all kinds of food
  • Travel hacking (I have a million airline miles, but also backpack a lot)
  • Latin dance, especially bachata and salsa
  • Trivia & board games
  • Beer

Get In Touch

  • Twitter -  You can tweet me @JanelSGM or send me a message via the DMs
  • Email - You can reach me at janel {at} brainpint {doooot} com. I read all emails & will reply!