Interviews / Founders

Balancing the Grind with Vladislav Stanev, Co-Founder at DataBee

Vladislav Stanev is the co-founder at DataBee, a worksharing company that enables businesses to boost capacity and scale teams efficiently.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

At university I studied Economics, after which I went the classical finance route – got into investment banking for a couple of years. Found that to be quite underwhelming and not something I was passionate about, so I decided to make a change.

I went back to university to do a Masters in data science & analytics. It was something completely different from anything else in both my studies or professional life. During my studies I founded a data annotation and workflow outsourcing company that kicked off as a project, which I am still working on now!

Currently as the co-founder and CEO of DataBee I lead the company’s growth and business development and am loving every second of it!

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I spend my day mostly on emails and the phone. The day starts with a coffee and a call with our team to see what we have coming up throughout the day or week. We discuss the matters at hand and then get down to work.

I then usually have a few calls with either new clients or existing ones, discussing project progress or future work. Some days I focus more on internal matters and other days I’m fully occupied with clients. It really varies. And of course there are always fires to put out constantly, like in any growing startup!

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine? 

All our teams work remotely given we started during Covid. It works well for us and allows everyone a degree of flexibility in terms of working hours and location. 

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal? 

 Work-life balance is extremely important to me and we try to communicate and emphasise this throughout the company. We don’t keep count on days off — if you need a day to relax, take it! On a personal level, keeping that balance is a matter of mindset.

I always find time to relax after a long week or a tough day. Of course, it’s not always possible and you can never be completely disengaged, but I find focusing on the positives (both professionally and on a personal level) helps me relax!

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life? 

 Running. I never found it appealing before I gave it a go. Nowadays I’m at the point where I feel a need to go for a run every few days. However, in general I believe any sort of physical activity on a regular basis is extremely beneficial to all aspects of your life.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

 I really enjoy reading non-fiction and especially history books. I feel like our world and history is so interesting that anywhere you look you can find books describing movie-like, unbelievable stories, except they actually happened! I am also a huge Formula 1 fan, so any F1 related podcast I cannot get enough of. If you enjoy Formula 1, go check out F1: Beyond The Grid on Spotify!

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

 I’m not much of a gadget person. However, if you exclude my email app, I can’t even walk 10min without having music or a podcast in my ears, so I’d go for Spotify.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?   

 I would be interested in reading such an interview by a professional athlete, for example Grigor Dimitrov – a fellow Bulgarian!

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