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«Meet the Team» with Bene

Here comes the second post of our series "Meet the Team". Today we introduce you to Bene, Co-Founder responsible for Product & Operations. As you keep on reading, you will learn about Bene’s criteria for expansion, his passion for a high performance & fun company culture as well as what website he visits most.
Vanessa Wunderli

At Helvengo we value people over positions. So let’s start with a quick either or game to get to know you before we learn more about your role at Helvengo

  • Mountains or Sea? Sea! I love Mallorca, but not for El Arenal and not for playing Bingo – as some of my dear co-founders like to believe.
  • Podcast, Movie or Book? Podcast! Anything about startups, new work and self improvement.
  • Make plans or spontaneous? Spontaneous!
  • Early or late? Late!

If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?

I absolutely adore warm weather, so anywhere with warm weather all year around. So if I get a say in Helvengo’s expansion plans, this would be one of the decision criteria 😉. Jokes aside, I was fortunate enough to live in Australia for a year and could definitely see myself there one day.

That makes you a great counterpart to the winter sports enthusiasts in our team! Next question: What was your first paying job?

At fourteen I did what a lot of people do: I delivered newspapers in my neighborhood. One of the most challenging but also rewarding jobs during my youth was when I picked tomatoes on a farm in the Australian outback for two months – in this case, it was sometimes even too warm for my taste at around 40° C.

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

In general, I think you can learn from anyone if you have an open and reflective mindset. More specifically, my time at Google taught me how you can build a high performance and fun company culture at the same time. Being part of the wefox journey taught me to go after audacious goals and that you need to show resilience along the way if you want to succeed.

They indeed had a significant influence on you – as you are now pursuing big ambitions with Helvengo! How – in your own words – does Helvengo help startups and small businesses with?

Insurance is often seen as a useless product, because a lot of people have forgotten why it was created in the first place. I strongly believe that insurance and especially SME insurance can play an essential role in enabling more entrepreneurship as fears of (soon to be) entrepreneurs can be reduced by having a strong partner at their side and with this gives us a better chance to tackle the big problems of today’s society.

What makes you excited about Mondays?

Working together with an awesome team of entrepreneurs in bringing forward thinking insurance products to startups and SMEs and with this be part of their success story.

Let’s jump from Mondays straight to Fridays. If you could decide, what dish would our next TGIF-chef cook for us?

Still counting on my Austrian Co-founder Felix for a proper Wiener Schnitzel!

What website do you visit most often? – the beauty of being responsible for our product and still being a small team (even though we are hiring a lot right now – check our latest job postings here) . It is great to work with the team on the nitty gritty details to turn broker and customer feedback into new functionality on a daily basis and see ourselves adding great value to how they can run & insure their business. 

To end this interview, a more philosophical one: What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

I think I would tell myself to go down the entrepreneurial path as soon as possible and that there are plenty of opportunities out there to be successful. Going to business school, you often get the advice to first learn in a corporate environment before becoming an entrepreneur. In hindsight, I would probably take the leap into entrepreneurship earlier. Also, I would tell myself not to worry so much, rather follow the words of a wise man: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay, it’s not the end”