The Rockaway Ventures Fund (RVF), with a target value of EUR 100 million, has received roughly a quarter of this amount from investors in the first round, about 600 milion CZK. Its current portfolio, with recently…
At the beginning of December, there was an interesting meeting and exchange of experience in Rockaway. On one day, more than 30 bosses as well as complete Rockaway team gathered in Černá labuť.
The meeting was opened by Jakub Havrlant. “To bring together all CEOs of our portfolio companies and prepare a relevant program for them seems to be unrealistic at first sight. However, it turns out again and again that it is not important whether one runs a technological start-up with five people or an e-commerce giant, because you can always find some experience which can be applied in general, and we can learn something from each other”, he summed up not only the importance of CEO´s Day, but also the entire Rockaway´s philosophy.
One part of morning program was the introduction of new faces: Jaroslaw Czernek joined Rockaway in autumn as an investment partner and described the acquisition of Mall and Heureka; Viktor Fischer is coming to support the cooperation with technological start-ups under Rockaway Ventures and helps them succeed.
The whole program was largely focused on corporate culture and work with people.” We realize that corporate culture is what helps us find the right employees. Fortunately, we have quite a big advantage – there are dozens of different corporate cultures in one single building, so if someone is not happy with one kind of corporate culture, it is easy to move somewhere where s/he would feel better, ” said Eva Krausová, HR 2.0.
“We believe that one can work better when s/he is on the same wavelength with his or her colleagues. In the long term, we are not looking for human resources, but are building human relations,” Viktor Kustein added. “In past two months we focused on capturing the culture of Rockaway as such. We invited an external expert Petr Skondrojanis, who helped us define things which are typical for us. The first result is our profile on COCUMA.”
Poslední dva měsíce jsme intenzivně pracovali na zachycení co nejpřesnějšího obrazu Rockaway. Jak se nám to povedlo, jak přemýšlíme a čeho si ceníme nejvíce si můžete prohlédnout na našem profilu na portálu COCUMA: http://www.cocuma.cz/company/rockaway/
“I have a strategy that I never let a skillful young person go away. Even though I am not sure what to do with him or her, I know that it is important to keep such people as close as possible, ” said Jitka Dvořáková, CEO of czc.cz, at the end of morning program. “You have to take a risk sometimes. I am not afraid to promote someone who may not be experienced enough for some position. My experience confirms that is pays out to trust people.”
After a short lunch break, the floor was passed to one and only external guest – Marián Jelínek, personal coach of top sportsmen (among others Jaromír Jágr´s). ” Human history confirms that the biggest human performances were, paradoxically, those without any motivation, ” Jelínek said. He pointed out some parallels between professional sport and business, and showed that if one really is to succeed, s/he has to find a balance between desire and intention.
The topic of the last part of the program was “What I have learnt in past six months”. CEOs of Bileto, ChytrýHonza.cz, SQLdep or Storyous summarized their findings in a few minutes each. The floor was then passed to Přemysl Rubeš from Bileto and Vít Horký from Brand Embassy, who were talking about their current experience with looking for partners for global expansion. Daniel Hejl from Productboard drew the audience into a discussion about how to perceive a product. The very last presentation was a completely different one – Jan Habich, a member of Rockaway Value Creation team, presented the development (and success) of Kickstarter campaign for 3Dsimo. (You can read more about it here.)
Rich program was ended with dinner and a party where even guests from the market were invited. “We have experienced a year of big deals. Business drive is however just one side of success. The fact that we have managed to create a unique team of people is equally important for me. I don´t do it very often, but I would like to thank them that they did it with me, and that Rockaway is not just a job for them,” Jakub Havrlant concluded.
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