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«Meet the Team» with Vedi

Vedi is Co-Founder and responsible for Sales & Marketing. He is our insurance expert and has worked prior to the founding as a CPO in a number of insurance companies. As an unrelentingly optimistic person you simply want to have him on your team.
Vedran Pranjic

At Helvengo we value people over positions. So we want to first get to know you before we learn more about your role at Helvengo! So tell our readers how you challenge yourself beyond Helvengo affairs?

I dedicate 60 Minutes each day to learn a new language. Currently it’s Japanese as my wife and I are planning a trip there in Spring. So I try to spend 20 minutes each day on different activities and learning tools to combine up to 60 minutes, for example Duolingo, Wanikani, Memrise, Italki etc.

非常にクールです! What irrational fear do you have?

Static discharge in Winter.  As soon as the cold months start and I have my hoodies on I get constantly hit with small electric discharges whenever I touch metal, which bears the consequences that you would find me sometimes sitting for seconds in front of my macbook afraid of touching it because I expect that ******* hit as soon as my hands touch it.

If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?

A huge treehouse, somewhere deep in the woods but still with 5G connectivity.

I was thinking more of smaller sculptures, but great. Vedi’s version of remote working! What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Reading books. I tried Kindle for a short amount of time and I see the huge benefit to basically having a whole library on the go, but I just love to flip pages and read a traditional book.

What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of?

Art. It’s not that I don’t get the point of it, but I probably just lack the creativity and imagination to get immersed in it.

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

My parents. Knowing their story puts a a lot of my challenges and decisions of the daily work into a bigger contex. They left their country (Yugoslavia) in their late 20’s and moved to Switzerland, a country of which they did not know a single word of the language and were totally unfamiliar with the culture. They were willing to sacrifice and risk so much only to  to facilitate their children a better life with more perspective. My parents way of living shaped me and  probably influences my decision making up to this day – I often find myself very open to risk taking and just doing stuff instead of (over)planning it because no matter what is the outcome I still have countless fallback options and will never have to put all my eggs into one basket as my parents did!

What was your first paying job?

Distributing newspapers at the age of maybe 12. But I was very bad at it as I was supposed to do it very early in the morning before school, so after a couple of weeks I had to quit it because I realized waking up even earlier was not possible for me.

Why did you leave your last job?

I wanted to become an entrepreneur. It does not matter what position you hold in a company, you can only change things up to a certain degree. As an entrepreneur you have much more freedom, but also responsibility, to change things for the better.

What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Hmm, only a good one comes to mind. But this is worth sharing: Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Following the advice above: don’t worry.

How do you handle things being different than expected in the Helvengo business context?

First accept that you can’t change the situation or what led to it. But you can reflect on the reasons for it, learn from it and do it differently in the future.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Noise cancelling headphones and Spotify.

How do you cope with stress?

By just starting to dismantle step by step what is causing it.

How many hours of sleep do you get?

Usually about 7 hours.

What makes a good team?

Every team should have a common, overarching  purpose which all members are aware of. If the team follows the same purpose, and every team member puts that purpose on top of every decision he makes during the day then a team will constantly come closer to fulfilling that purpose.

Do you work better alone or as part of a team?

Depends on the task at hand. There are many situations where I work better putting my headphones on and listening to music without being distracted by others. On the other hand nothing is more creative than working together as a team on a whiteboard towards a solution.

Is there an aspect of our vision or mission statement at Helvengo that sticks out to you?

Enabling entrepreneurship in any way resonates with me. There is no better job than being an entrepreneur and whatever we as Helvengo can contribute to making that journey easier for the people taking that risk is a goal that drivesme on.

Last but not least: Sell me your coffee mug in 15 secs.

This is a must have. You have the possibility to own the very first mug used by a Helvengo employee. That mug will be priceless in a couple of years as a collectible in an insurance museum.

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