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Páraic McLean Joins Slidebean as Community Manager

Páraic McLean Joins Slidebean as Community Manager, Slidebean

Slidebean, the pitch deck design platform for startups and small businesses, has announced the appointment of Páraic McLean as Community Manager. Reporting to VP of Marketing, Gustavo Paniagua, Páraic will contribute a range of content from social media to email marketing, to promote the company's product and successful YouTube channel. He’s based in New York, so will work remotely from the bulk of the Slidebean team in Costa Rica.

Páraic has been a freelance Social Media Manager for the past year, designing and implementing social strategies for a range of companies. He increased the social following of confectionery store The Flo by 19% in three months and increased Ethyca’s social media following on LinkedIn and Twitter by 75% and 21% respectively.

Páraic has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College in Dublin, where he also worked as a Communications and Marketing Officer for a year after he graduated. As part of his role, he created and managed social media and marketing strategies for the Trinity Ball, Europe’s largest private party. He has also worked as an Associate Designer with events company Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging in New York.

“One of the main reasons that I was hired is because I had that background in theater and I understand the production process,” he says. “No one has ever said that my drama degree was useful in that way. The soft skills are very transferable from the theater. It was really affirming to hear that, and it makes me more comfortable with brainstorming and voicing my ideas.”

Páraic’s family is Irish, though he was born in the United States. He maintains his love for theatre; he still goes to shows when he’s able and he’s pivoted into watching shows on YouTube online while theatres are closed. In particular, he is passionate about art and lighting design, and his favorite play is Angels in America. He also enjoys cooking and tasting wine, especially skin contact wine.

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Get to know Slidebean's Operations Manager: Alejandro Alfaro

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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!

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