Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Andrew Echenberg, the man behind Panvista, a company that prides themselves on their outstanding customer service, positive social culture, and ever-evolving mobile knowledge, consistently demonstrating their commitment to clients by being a leading provider of mobile application software for businesses…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your business in a nutshell.
Panvista aims to change the way marketers approach the mobile channel. What can be a daunting, unclear, technologically challenging endeavour, doesn’t have to be if you have the right tools, resources, technology and people behind you.
Panvista provides B2B marketers with the technology and expertise to succeed in the mobile channel. We do this by providing an incredible platform that lets them easily build, manage and measure mobile applications, alongside the expertise, knowledge and resources to ensure their success.
Why did you start your business, what was the inspiration?
Marketing is about providing people with the right content at the right time. It’s not just about businesses selling to people; people that tell amazing life stories do a great job marketing themselves and their experiences too.
Panvista came out of an incredible year-long experience I had backpacking all over the world. When I arrived home I had taken some incredible photographs that I wanted to share with people that I knew would get the same level of excitement and enjoyment from them that I did. The problem was that there wasn’t a technology that allowed me to reach and deliver the content I had produced to my audience in a meaningful and convenient way – that experience was the kernel from which Panvista was born; wanting to give people incredible resources that enable them to communicate with their audiences in a meaningful way.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I am very fortunate to work with extremely talented and passionate people. I’ve learned a great deal from them, and having the opportunity to see them produce incredible results makes my day.
It’s because of them that the most challenging part, staying focused while managing all the small details that come with running a start-up, is made easier and more manageable.
Where do you see your business going in five years?
In five years, we may very well be dealing with whole new types of technology and mediums that we communicate through, but what I can say for sure is that I want to see Panvista continue to push the boundaries in how software can help businesses tell better stories and communicate in a meaningful way with those around them.
For Panivsta, there are two big pieces we need for this: there is the technology piece, which we must continue to push the boundaries on, and the educational piece, which means providing the market with the resources, knowledge and help so they know how to succeed.
What does success look like to you?
Happiness, health and being able to make a meaningful difference to those around me.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
There are quite a few, so it would be hard to single just one out. I actually just caught up with our first client today over lunch, and I can tell you that when someone cuts you your first cheque, all of your hard work and focus becomes vindicated through their belief in your future success. It was an exciting and gratifying feeling – I get goosebumps going up my back when I think about it, and I still have a copy of that cheque on my desktop today.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
I had lunch a few weeks ago with a CEO who recalled a meeting he had with a seasoned executive. The executive told him the only thing in life you really control are your values. It sounds corny, but its true; health, business success, security, are all things we would like to control but we don’t. We do control our values.
I think its important advice, because in order to succeed, you need to surround yourself with other capable people that believe in the same things you do. People that don’t share the same values are a huge detriment to building a vision and culture. Conversely, capable people that share your beliefs can propel your team forward in ways you wouldn’t believe.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to manage a primary school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are a few incredible people in Cambodia that really make the day-to-day magic happen. The coordinator I hired, Sophanit Prin, alongside my family’s support, are the foundation on which so much has been accomplished. I’m extremely lucky to be a part of it.
With the support of many wonderful people, we were recently able to donate six new computers to the primary school during my last visit. I was fortunate to have a great education, and want to make sure that these children have the same opportunities that I had growing up.
What is Notable to you?
Interesting people that do awesome things.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone, but Android is looking mighty good!
How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
Coffee…I love coffee.