Photo credit: Jakub Havrlant

published 20 Mar 2015 in Czech Republic 2 minutes 14 seconds to read

Rockaway Capital

Rockaway Captial's mission a personal one, because they know what it means to be a founder. CEO Jakub Havrlant launched several startups himself and helps young teams to further develop their business. Meet the Czech VC in this week's Investor Pick.

About me. 

I earned my first money with...
exiting my own startup

If I wouldn't be an investor I would be...
a professional skier

I get annoyed when ...
people are arrogant or have an inefficient approach of getting stuff done. A sloppily finished task is another thing that annoys me. 

My favorite movie is ...
The Godfather

About passion and profession. 

[W]e also were founders a few years ago and we know what needs to be done to succeed on today’s market. We share risk as well as reward.

My investment fund is focused on startups in...
seed and early stage companies. For our portfolio projects we look for technology startups which have global ambitions and high market potential. We not only bring money but our ambition is also to create added value via our team.

I wouldn’t like to work anywhere else because…
I strongly believe in innovation and value creation and this is also Rockaway's strategy.

The investment plan for the next years is ...
looking for amazing startups and help them succeed globally.

Our business relationship with startups is characterised by…
true partnership. Because we also were founders a few years ago and we know what needs to be done to succeed on today’s market. We share risk as well as reward.

Besides money I offer...
a commitment to enhance the operational performance of our companies. We have formed a Value Creation Team to provide our portfolio companies with market leading expertise in a variety of strategic and operational disciplines focusing on business development, customer growth and market expansion. The rockaway incubation program is specifically designed for early stage companies and lasts from 6-12 months. Last but not least, we are strongly leveraging our geographical footprint with relatively low costs, but high quality talent within the CEE region and mixing that with strong experiences and connections coming from the Silicon Valley.

About working with startups. 

I was most impressed by any kind of well done product with real value, done with presicion, passion and smartness.

In a startup I am looking for...
a focus on product development - we take care of everything else through our dedicated value creation and support team. Innovation because we believe innovations are the true business drivers and global ambition.

Characteristics a founder team should have are...
determination, drive, rationality, motivation to do great things.

I was most impressed by...
any kind of well done product with real value, done with presicion, passion and smartness.

 I was least impressed by...
speculative manners and manipuative attitude.

You get most out of relationship with me when...
you prefer open communication, use a transparent approach and have enthusiasm for our thing.

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