published 19 Dec 2014 1 minute 35 seconds to read

Antal Karolyi

Antal Karolyi comes from an investment banking background and is an active startup supporter at Hungarian Traction Tribe. Read more about his ambitions here.

About me. 

I earned my first money with...
exotic interest rate derivatives trading in London and Frankfurt.

If I wouldn't be an investor I would be...
looking for something even more unpredictable, exciting and fun.

I get annoyed when...
meeting a know-it-better type of person.

You might not believe it, but we...
Traction Tribe Partners go boxing on a weekly basis. Punching each other has proven to be a great way of team building. :)

My favorite movie is...
Kung Fu Panda. Good food for thought about how to think about mentoring.

About passion and profession. 

My investment fund is focused on startups in...
the CEE region.

I wouldn’t like to work anywhere else because...
as a co-founding Partner I can deeply influence Traction Tribe's strategy. So if 'anywhere else' is better we can just decide to go there.

The investment plan for the next years is...
to make Traction Tribe the go-to pre-seed and seed fund in the CEE region.

Our business relationship with startups is characterised by...
hands-on engagement with their issues in a fun atmosphere.

Besides money I offer...
landing pads in the US, access to the US markets through our mentor network and an office space in Budapest complete with Happy, the Traction Tribe pet.

About working with startups. 

In a startup I am looking for...
badass founders with no limits to their strategic thinking who put their actions where their mouth is.

Characteristics a founder team should have are...
diverse talents and strong chemistry within the team. Commitment to the entrepreneurial way of life.

I was most impressed by...
a wild couple of teenagers delivering perfect pitches for their project - in any of three languages.

I was least impressed by...
stubborn, would-not-listen-to-anyone founders.

You get most out of relationship with me when...
you are ready to go beyond what you already know and have experienced.

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