We build unicorns
"We are a private equity investment group supporting technological innovation across multiple industries. We form strong partnerships with business founders and help them build companies on solid foundations. We share and utilize everything we have learned over the 20 years of building successful companies, including the outstanding skills of our internal team. We help overcome obstacles and break limits that growing companies encounter while expanding to foreign markets. Rather than focusing solely on profit, it is of great importance to us that our activities are beneficial to the wider society."
We build unicorns
We are a private equity investment group supporting technological innovation across multiple industries. We form strong partnerships with business founders and help them build companies on solid foundations. We share and utilise everything we have learnt over the 20 years of building successful companies, including the outstanding skills of our internal team. We help overcome obstacles and break limits which growing companies encounter while expanding to foreign markets. Rather than focusing solely on profit, it is of great importance to us that our activities are of benefit to the wider society.
We believe in the business potential of our companies. We enjoy helping promising technology companies reach their full potential, not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. We help them avoid the mistakes we have seen in hundreds of companies over our time working in this field, and we provide the confidence needed to fulfill their vision. Our companies expand to other countries, including Poland, Germany, USA, Spain, UK, Italy, Romania, Hungary, and Croatia, in addition to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
with strategic support
We provide both financial and strategic support to our portfolio companies. We assist with financial growth acceleration and advise on determining your company's priorities. Our in-house teams in Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance can help set up an effective organization. We understand the issues you may encounter and are capable of solving them. We have supported successful companies with multi-billion valuations, such as ePojisteni.cz, FAVI, and Aukro. Our investments range from 10M to 500M CZK, with a target to scale the project to at least ten times its initial size. We are not only strong in acquisition but also in selling companies.
for businesses and society
We aim to increase the value of not only our portfolio companies but also our society as a whole. The more successful we are in building companies, the more we can support positive changes in society. Our country is important to us, which is why we annually donate a percentage of the value of our portfolio (CZK 200M in 2022) to chosen NGOs. In addition to financial support, we also contribute our time and experience.
We are right for you if...
You have a growing business
You can demonstrate a proven demand for your product. You want to grow your business further but you realize you cannot do it all alone. Organizing a larger team is not as simple as a one-office project. You need contacts, as well as financial, human resources and strategic support for expansion within your current markets or into new regions. You are ready to scale up. We are here to help you with that.
We can adapt to the size of your project and provide an investment and strategic guidance tailored to the needs of your project. Let's have a chat together!
You are at the beginning
We have created Purpose Ventures, a seed fund that supports early-stage ventures in the areas of Sustainable Environment, Healthy Lifestyle, and Human Potential. Our mission is to support passionate entrepreneurs in creating positive change and building successful, sustainable businesses.
You are considering a new career opportunity
At Pale Fire Capital, we are looking for exceptional individuals with a proven track record of growth for our internal projects. We are not afraid to get our hands dirty and expect the same level of dedication from our team members. Our merit-based culture values the contributions of all team members, providing opportunities to participate in our collective success.
We offer a range of career opportunities in various fields, including analysts, developers, managers, marketers, and more. If you are ambitious, possess a strong entrepreneurial spirit, have worked your way up the career ladder, and are seeking further professional growth within a dynamic team, we could be the right opportunity for you.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, including a link to your LinkedIn profile and a brief description of your life journey and goals.
Join our successful ventures
We already know it.
We know the daily worries of startup founders. We have been through it ourselves, building companies from scratch, growing through acquisitions, doing business abroad, and building partnerships with some of the world's largest companies. We have analyzed many different markets and segments. We know what keeps you up at night. Allow us to take a look at your plans and, after our first meeting, you will see our approach, understanding, and ideas for further growth. We want to be part of your team and help you make the right decisions.
We will help you gain perspective, motivate and organize your team, find new talent and contacts, and help with marketing. We will give you the means and the courage to grow your business.
We founded Pale Fire Capital in 2015, and after selling ePojisteni in the summer of 2018, it became our top priority. We have built businesses with valuations over CZK 4 billion from small companies. Our companies, such as UptimeRobot, Rouvy, Zuri, Aukro, and Munipolis, are successfully growing in their home markets as well as internationally.
Get to know our team
Dušan Šenkypl, David Holý and Jan Barta - a group of hard-working patriots with vast experience in business - form the core of the Pale Fire. Building, improving, sharing their know-how and investing is what they are passionate about. They provide resources, dedicate time and energy towards enthusiastic, creative and talented people upholding high moral values who are devoted to create a better world through their dedication to hard work, people who are eager to develop themselves and their companies and avoid unnecessary dead ends on their journey, people who want to keep learning and growing, who listen and who want to move their companies forward in order to create better working conditions and a better place for living. These are exactly the people that PFC is looking to cooperate with and become valuable partners within their business.
Dušan Šenkypl specializes in setting up effective organizational structures, sales teams, and product development operations. He has created several global e-commerce and technology projects used by more than 200 million users. He founded ePojisteni.cz and NetBrokers Holding, a dominant fintech player with more than 500 employees, which was acquired by the German media group Bauer Media in 2018. In his free time, he enjoys sports and dedicates a portion of his time to non-profit projects.
Jan Barta is responsible for finding and analyzing investment opportunities at Pale Fire Capital. In addition to this, he enjoys helping portfolio companies with strategic discussions and evaluating their opportunities and threats. During his studies at University College London, Jan was involved in several internet businesses, using his creativity and strategic insights. He also dedicates a portion of his time to non-profit projects.
David Holý creates marketing strategies for portfolio companies. Since 2004, he has been involved in e-commerce product development. He was, for instance, the product manager for AVG Toolbars, with 225 million installations globally. He helped to build ePojisteni, where he served as CMO and Tarifomat CEO for 10 years. He is transforming the marketing strategies of Aukro, as well as the sales and product processes in the global project Munipolis/Mobilní Rozhlas.
His field of expertise is primarily in all accounting and tax aspects, he also takes care of the administration of all companies and transactions. He started to work together with Jan Barta more than 10 years ago in his Elephant Orchestra project and he helped him with many investment projects. He implements financial management and backoffice agendas for several portfolio companies. In his free time, Petr is the principal of a theater group LASO.
Jirka's main responsibility is managing Pale Fire Capital's finances, supporting financial management in individual companies of the portfolio, and searching for new investment opportunities. Together with the team of CFOs and analysts he is leading, they are dedicated to the financial development of the portfolio, as well as helping companies which are not yet ready to manage their finances on their own. In his spare time he enjoys sports and travelling and last but not least spending time with his family.
We support the non-profit sector
We have long supported non-profit activities that seek to transform areas with a key impact on the quality of life in the Czech Republic. In 2020 alone, we donated more than CZK 50 million to Czech non-profit organizations. Our goal is to increase our support of the non-profit sector to at least CZK 200 million annually by the year 2030.
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We are constantly searching for new projects and team members who share our values.
If you have an interesting project and would like to collaborate with us, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are always open to sharing our perspective and providing ideas on how to further develop your project.