Once upon a time Mergim Cahani came to Rockaway’s offices in Prague’s Kavčí hory neighbourhood, and left after about an hour, having made a deal with CEO Jakub Havrlant and investment partner Dušan Zábrodský…
At the beginning of December, CEOs and other top executives and experts of Rockaway’s portfolio companies gathered together at the fourth “CEO’s Day” event to discuss the latest developments and news, exchange experience and get update on the future strategy and outlook of the group.
The meeting was opened by ROBERT CHMELAR, investment partner at Rockaway, who summed up crucial changes and progress which occurred in past six months and provided an update on the general vision and strategy of the group. “We expect to continue consolidating and strengthening our position in CEE, as well as expanding outside the region. Rockaway is no longer just a local player,” Chmelar said.
This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Chief M&A Counsel and the newest Rockaway team member JAKUB ROD. JAKUB HAVRLANT (as CEO of Mall Group), TOMÁŠ BRAVERMAN (CEO of Heureka), MICHAL DROZD (CEO of Invia) and MERGIM CAHANI (CEO of Gjirafa) discussed challenges of the past 6 months and exchanged their opinions on the outlook of our industry. Panels with similar set up are relatively rare and typically held in a much more formal atmosphere.
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VIKTOR KUSTEIN, head of HR 2.0, then talked about a new structure called Centre of Excellence, which will substitute the original Value Creation team. “We have decided to connect experts from within the portfolio directly. A year ago, we launched the project ROCdevs, i.e. a platform of our software developers which makes it possible to meet, help each other, and at the same time, use it as an educational platform,” Kustein said. “The testing was successful, so now we are going to launch similar platforms even across product teams, BI, marketing and our sales people. We have excellent people in the portfolio and it would be a pity not to give them this chance.”
Another investment partner VIKTOR FISCHER summarized last six months for Rockaway’s venture division. “These months were demanding, but all members of Rockaway Ventures are doing great. ProductBoard, Brand Embassy, Socifi, as well as about the others including Bileto got a lot of attention in the VC community and we have managed to increase the value of the venture portfolio several times. At the same time, we have learned many new things,” Fischer said.
New faces in the portfolio also got an opportunity to introduce themselves, including TOMÁŠ ŠEBEK, the founder of uLékaře.cz. Towards the end of the official part of the event, PETR LUDWIG, our external guest, talked about how one should work with his own mindset in order to be happy and get better results. “If we change the way of thinking from “fixed” to “growth”, our life will change for the better”, Ludwig said.
The event was concluded by JAKUB HAVRLANT’s closing remarks: “I have to say thank to all of you who worked hard and did not slack off. The things we have heard today should be a valuable lesson and inspiration for all of us. All we have gone through together was hard, yet, this is not the end. The biggest challenges are yet to come.”
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The evening part of the program was informal. The after party called “ROCKAWAY LIVE” was attended by many friends, colleagues, business partners and Rockaway team members. Once again, we would like to thank all of them for being with us.