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I am in the making happy business

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As CEO I am starting to realize I am in the making happy business. It comes as no surprise that two of my priorities are making investors and clients happy. However, I am increasingly finding that the happiness of those around me, my team, is preoccupying my mind.download

All my life I was either a student or employee and generally I was mainly concerned about my own happiness and only to a superficial degree of my colleagues and boss. Thoughts mainly consisted of “do I like how I am being treated” or do I not. If yes “ok I shall continue  working” if not “I will resist and be negative.”

Fundacity has grown very quickly since May. In April it was Diego and I. Back in the hustler duo phase I focused on the business end while Diego on the development end. We both managed ourselves and were CEOs of our area. We both got on with it and magically when we lifted our heads to speak with the other his work was done. Simple.

We are now 6 people full-time. Now things are more complex as each new person has their unique desires, ambitions and motivations. This is by no means a bad thing. It is a fantastic thing! It is what makes us unique and bring our own beautiful perspectives into the product. However dissimilar people require different reward and control structures. Happiness cannot be bought. Unluckily, it is much more complex than that. Damn! The right style ultimately depends on the underlying objectives and needs of the person. I as the CEO have the authority and ultimately responsibility to identify and implement that elusive right style. To somehow look both at the individual and group level and find what works. I am going to be honest here. I have a lot to learn. However, I have the motivation and zeal to try and discover the secret salsa.

It is now my obsession to understand everyone better so I can create the right environment for them where they feel good, feel motivated and can ultimately thrive. This is the blissful win-win situation I am seeking. Far away are the days of focusing on product or doing sales calls. Today I am in the making happy business.

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Author: Miklos Grof

Miklos is the CEO and co-founder of Fundacity. Fundacity is making startups investing easier. Fundacity already supports all the notable accelerators in LatAm in their startup selection and management and they are expanding rapidly across Asia-Pacific and Europe. With the recently launched Fundacity Investments Clubs it seeks to simplify the startup investing process in emerging markets and make it accessible to more people. Miklos has unique and extensive experience in start-up formation, business development and venture financing. He has raised and evaluated investment offers in venture capital from angels and VCs from three continents for a variety of deals. He thrives at launching businesses and making sales in new geographies. Miklos currently serves as a financial advisor and mentor for various start-ups including Taggify (an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires). At Taggify, Miklos advises on fundraising, financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management. Miklos completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics and previously worked in corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, fund sales at UniCredit Vienna and economic research at Erste Bank Budapest. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Whales and is quinti-lingual. He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

3 thoughts on “I am in the making happy business

  1. Pingback: Sorry for not knowing me anymore | South American Adventures

  2. Hi Miklos, it’s great to hear about your adventures in South America and congratulations for making the leap into the Enterprise world!

    Look forward to hearing more about your challenges and successes with Fundacity,

    Let me know if you get to Brazil at some point!

  3. Hey! I am in Brazil as we speak! In Porto Alegre and later this month will be in Rio! Love your country!

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