💼 How did you end up as a CEO? What was your route to this position?
In 2001, I founded and launched Profession.hu, Hungary’s leading recruitment platform. In just 4 years, we reached an extraordinary market share of 75%.
When SanomaMedia purchased the company in 2005, the transaction was the largest of its kind in Hungary up to that time. My passion for startups led me on to found and head e-Ventures, and later, in 2008, to the launch and sale of AffilateMedia, Network.hu, and Replise.
These ventures opened my eyes to the need for recruiting and human resources technology that puts people first.
That’s why in 2016, we launched Lensa, a company that offers a technological solution to the crisis of the career marketplace. From the beginning, Lensa has been a leader in HR technology, providing an intuitive platform to streamline recruitment and hiring processes.
Our mission is to create opportunities for talented people to find meaningful employment that fits their needs. We’re proud of the impact we’ve had so far — connecting more than 20 million job seekers with job opportunities.
💼 Why are you the right person to be the CEO of your company?
I care deeply about revolutionizing how we look for jobs and develop our careers. In addition to that passion, I am also a founder and entrepreneur by nature with many years of experience growing and exiting successful companies.
💼 What gets you up in the morning?
The knowledge that I am making a difference in job seekers’ and employers’ lives. Jobs are not abstract concepts. They put food on the table, give people a sense of fulfillment, and also are key to the growth and success of businesses.
💼 Who helped you get to where you are today?
My refusal to give up on my belief that I can make the world and my industry better than I found it.
💼 What is the best or worst business advice you have received, and from whom?
The best advice I ever got was from my grandfather, who told me that if you want to succeed in business, you have to hire people who are smarter than you.
💼 If you could go back in time to when you were a teenager, what life advice would you give yourself?
Give it time. Not every idea can come to fruition immediately or even within one quarter. It takes time to build something that’s going to have lasting value. Keep working on it, and don’t be afraid of putting in the hard work. Eventually, your idea will take shape, and you’ll be proud of what you’ve created.
💼 What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?
Respect, vision, urgency, and also patience. In my experience, having these values in place will help ensure that you’re making the right decisions and taking steps toward achieving your goals.
💼 How can a leader fail?
A leader fails in two scenarios: when they don’t listen to the advice of those around them and when they ONLY listen to the advice of those around them rather than forming their own opinions.
💼 What do the next five years hold for you?
I will take many calculated risks and learn from many failures to ensure the success of my greater vision.
💼 Mentorship is a big business in the West. Do you have any experience with it?
We have a mentorship program at Lensa as part of our onboarding process that we put great care into developing. It’s based on my personal experience with and love of mentoring. I come from a family with a background in education and feel that mentorship is an essential part of personal development.