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published 19 Sep 2014 in Austria 2 minutes 36 seconds to read

Robert Hegedüs

Robert Hegedüs was born in Hungary, came to Vienna to study, travelled the world and is now managing partner at Fiedler Capital. Meet the CEE expert in our Investor Pick.

Fiedler Capital is a young venture capital that aims to invest in startups from CEE and the Baltics. When the VC was founded earlier this year, Hegedüs, his business partner Jordan Bocskov and their team of business experts announced to offer comprehensive support for early stage projects.

About me.

I earned my first money with...
DJ-ing in Hungarian techno clubs 17 years ago.

If I wouldn't be an investor I would be…
I have several back-up plans: movie producer, casino owner, or soccer manager just to name a few.

We see ourselves as enablers, trusted advisors and sparring partners. We aim to engineer win-win situations."

I get annoyed when...
I need to do things that have only marginal impact and value and/or are boring. I also get very annoyed, when people see a problem and give up instead of getting to the root cause and solve it.

You might not believe it, but we...
Will become the biggest VC firm in the region.

My favorite movie is…
Everything from Martin Scorsese

About passion and profession.

My investment fund is focused on startups in…
the tech / IT sector at pre-seed and seed stage. We are looking at all CEE countries and also the Baltic region. We prefer business models with some B2B aspect.

I wouldn’t like to work anywhere else because…
Here I have the opportunity to have fundamental impact both in-house and at our portfolio companies. I can also get to know and work with extremely bright, motivated and talented people.

The investment plan for the next years is…
We would like to build a solid portfolio of 10-12 stellar startups by end of 2015. We are also working on a separate vehicle focused on med-tech. In the mid-term, we are moving towards growth investments.

Our business relationship with startups is characterised by…
We see ourselves as enablers, trusted advisors and sparring partners. We aim to engineer win-win situations. Openness, transparency and mutual respect are central elements in our partnerships.

Besides money I offer...
Active sparring in business development topics, legal and financial issues; access to experienced entrepreneurs and a vast international network in the corporate world (BCG, INSEAD); help in structuring and closing a follow-up financing.

About working with startups.

In a startup I am looking for…
The three most important things for me are: simplicity, international / global potential, unique business model or at least a very clear idea / articulation of the competitive advantage and differentiators.

Characteristics a founder team should have are...
Good vibe, determination, bold ambitions, ability to reflect and to identify own limitations, openness for feedback. Technical skills are essential, but someone in the team should have solid management skills.

I was most impressed by…
I’m impressed all the time by fearless, young entrepreneurs who can pull-off amazing things at the beginning of their twenties.

 

I was least impressed by... 
A couple of teams pitching for investments, but having no clear idea about what the market looks like they are trying to tackle.

You get most out of relationship with me when...
You proactively use me, push me, and ask, ask, ask.

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