Balázs Bakos, CEO, Co-Founder, Zoosh Hungary Ltd.

  • 17 Mar 2022 7:08 PM
Balázs Bakos, CEO, Co-Founder, Zoosh Hungary Ltd.
Balázs Bakos is the CEO and co-founder of Zoosh, a venture building company that is active in multiple European countries. Balázs has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the software industry.

His goal is to develop and work with companies that are working in sustainability and are based on solid ESG (environmental, social, governance) pillars.

Where did you grow up?

In Veszprém, a booming city, near Lake Balaton. This is also where I learnt valuable lessons from my father, a now emeritus professor at University of Veszprém (nowadays called Pannon Egyetem) about the importance on learning, hard work and became a fan of the local handball team as well.

If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

I was fortunate to be an expat in Finland before the millennium- I loved being there for many reasons, such as the country’s approach to sustainability, leadership and innovation. It felt like my second homeland.

Due to business, I have been travelling frequently to Ireland and I’m also fascinated by the country. At the same time, my family likes the sunny, southern countries too.

What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

As a local patriot, I wouldn’t leave Hungary permanently - this is a cool place to live: everything, such as beautiful cities, mountains and different coastlines that are only within a few hours of driving. I would miss the most my family, friends.

Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

Next to the “must-do” and see of Budapest, such as Szentendre, Heroes- Square, Gozsdu Courtyard they must see the Technical University of Budapest. Many of the Zoosh colleagues have been joining from this institute, during my entire career I regularly cooperate with my alma mater and I think the future of IT in Hungary is partially being born there.

What is your favourite food?

Italian, Indian cuisine and tócsni is also one of my favourite food. Tócsni is a delicious, fried dish made out of raw grated potatoes, flour and egg. Friends, colleagues, who are visiting the Hungarian office, are my guests for their first tócsni.

What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

I love the team sports. Team sports clearly represent what I believe is important in running a company: to create a culture that is inclusive, authentic, innovative and collaborative where everybody strives for one goal.

What is your favourite place in Hungary?

With my family, we settled in the vicinity of Pest, our office is at the IX. district, at Bakáts square, and I love gaining new ideas by chilling at Lake Balaton.

What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

Either being a professional athlete in a team or a scientist.

What’s a job you would definitely never want?

A repetitive, boring job, where I would work alone. That would be a nightmare to me.

Where did you spend your last vacation?

In Venice, Italy, with my family- our smallest boy and daughter, haven’t seen the City of Bridges yet. Travelling and learning are the main factors, I’m not sparing any expense.

Where do you hope to spend your next one?

Lake Garda.

What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

In music, Duran Duran, and the local band of Hungária. When it comes to film, a defining movie was the Godfather.

Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

To listen to the introduction of an ambitious entrepreneur or an innovative organization. A meeting is the first step in our venture building business: we create, launch and scale cloud-based products and businesses that can help change our world.

Red wine or white?

A local red wine. When Zoosh was listed in the Irish Deloitte Fast 50 Company List, we clinked the glasses with such.

Book or movie?


Morning person or night person?

After I became a parent, I needed to be active at any time.

Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

When I co-founded Zoosh, I decided that helping others will be in the DNA of the company. Since being established in 2014, we have been helping children in need. Our current action is to help the Ukrainian people by supporting the charity Order of Malta, who are providing critical humanitarian care on the border of Hungary and Ukraine.

We are also donating €10,000 to the Hungary branch of the charity and our team members are volunteering and supporting, including myself.

Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

I’m a lucky guy, as there were many successful projects, I’m pleased about. Together with my team at Nokia, we built the world’s first mobile podcasting application and developed a mobile network planner software, which helped the mobile era to advance.

Then I changed my corporate badge to establish our own company, together with my friends, and we were among the first local, professional venture building companies in the B2B technology area. We grew into a company with a staff of 100 in three countries, including Hungary, Ireland, UK.

We built 10 portfolio companies, 50 applications so far, many of them are being used by the largest business players.

The recent achievement is being listed in the Irish Deloitte Fast 50. We are probably the first Hungarian company that made it into the fastest growing Irish companies’ list.

What would you say is your personal motto?

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination. This is how I try to live, and set as a principle, while working on my new long-term goal. This is to develop companies that are working in sustainability and are based on solid ESG (environmental, social, governance) pillars.

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