Get to know Slidebean's Operations Manager: Alejandro Alfaro
Culture is a huge thing for Alejandro Barrantes, the Operations Manager at Slidebean. The company is helping startups to raise millions with awesome pitch decks, and Alejandro plays an important role in communicating and managing a range of stakeholders. Alejandro is born and bred in Costa Rica, where he has lived for most of his life. He recently completed an MBA in international business in France, where he lived for a year and thrived while not only completing his study but immersing himself in a new culture. “I fell in love with Europe and the European lifestyle. The work-life balance is super important for me as well, and they really know how to do it.” Music has been a central part of Alejandro’s life, and not a day goes by where he isn’t playing the guitar. His grandfather taught him how to play, and he also plays the drums and sings. “I’ve studied music since I was 11 years old,” he says. “When I was 18, I started to do some shows in different cafes, and I did musical events and other shows, with my friends and on my own, in a few places for around 12 years. I also played in the National Theatre in Costa Rica, which was pretty cool. “I would love to play live shows again after the pandemic. Music, for me, is really important. It’s not just a hobby, it’s like it belongs to me. It’s the way I can express my feelings.” As well as his daily involvement with music, Alejandro exercises every morning to get him primed to start the day. He says he’s not necessarily the most skilled sportsperson, but he enjoys being active. Alejandro was also a physical therapist before returning to study business and ran his own business for five years. He has also worked as a payroll analyst and in business transformation and says Slidebean stands out for its flexibility and openness. He says its transparent nature also reflects his own values. “I’ve been used to working in big corporate organizations, which can be super bureaucratic. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but a startup is just a different company. You can try things more, and if it doesn't work, you can adapt and try again with a different thing. In my role, I have the ownership to make decisions that are going to impact the organization. That's super cool, because I may not be the most experienced, but I know that I have the support and trust to make certain decisions that are going to help the organization. “One of my main skills is talking with people with empathy. I have to talk with different people and have to do a lot of proactive stakeholder management, and that really suits me. It’s something I’m really excited about doing more of with Slidebean.” Slidebean is looking to grow the team, check out the open roles here!