The Founder’s Mind

The Founder’s Mind ∙ Wednesday June 24, 2020 ∙ duration: 58:09

Starting Out Scrappy and Building Resilience with Vanja Bannan

COVID-19 has pushed businesses to go digital fast. This has opened up new opportunities for Vanja Bannan, Founder of BannComm, as she’s overseeing an entirely new arm of the company she never thought possible. Despite those gains, Vanja still believes in old fashioned networking and referrals.

This week on The Founder’s Mind, Adam talks to Vanja about the importance of loving your job, why educating clients and employees is key, and why you must always remember to prioritize work and family. Vanja also shares why she hates the word, “just,” and why she wants everyone to stop saying it. 

This interview was recorded live. To watch the interview, click here.

  • [00:36] – Introducing Vanja Bannan
  • [02:11] – Vanja Bannan on her company, BannComm
  • [05:00] – Surrounding yourself with smart people
  • [12:00] – How the digital arm of BannComm has increased
  • [13:49] – Why education is key
  • [17:58] – The toll of making things easy for everyone else
  • [23:21] – Personal strife during BannComm’s founding
  • [28:14] – Why Vanja wants you to stop saying “just”
  • [34:08] – The importance of building relationships
  • [46:23] – Helping clients survive the transition to digital
  • [50:36] – Loving your work

After working in energy, finance, and luxury sectors across Europe and North America, Vanja Bannan founded BannComm in 2014. She was fascinated with the constant evolution and innovation of the communications sector, and decided to establish a firm that pushed the digital envelope.

Today, Vanja and her award-winning team have worked with some of the leading companies in culture, architecture, corporate, and technology. She focuses on building solid working relationships and aligning the agency with progressive ideas and services.

Vanja is a passionate champion of women and female entrepreneurs, earning recognition in 2020 by Women of Influence for the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. 

The Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group.

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The Founder's Mind is a podcast for entrepreneurs wanting to gain insights and tactics from founders of all kinds to learn, grow, and be better equipped to navigate the inherent challenges of entrepreneurship. The podcast is hosted by Adam Mutschler, a Leadership Coach and COO at The Kedar Group. [This description is from The Founder’s Mind.]

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