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Máté Kun

Special Projects Lead

Máté has a background in strategy consulting with venture development experience in technology-intensive industries. 

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What is your job at SenSat?

Special Projects Lead.

 

What are you most looking forward to in your role?

I’m very excited to build the future together with some incredible people. I look forward to building and shaping a fast-growing business.

Why did you join SenSat?

Three things: the people, the vision and the value I felt I can add. SenSat is digitising our physical world - the greatest step-change since the internet. Ultimately, we want to understand and tackle complex issues, such as climate change. Everyone at SenSat is incredibly energetic and interesting - I would happily spend my free time with anyone. Lastly, the company is at a stage where I felt I can leverage my background in management consulting to help the team build an amazing business.

What is your leadership style?

I fundamentally believe people are highly capable and want to achieve amazing feats. A leader’s job is to empower and encourage them to do so. I like working collaboratively, providing broad guidance and hands-on support only where it is truly needed. 

If you could work on one business problem for a year, what would it be and why?

Difficult question...I would probably like to focus on helping SenSat leverage its technology to move into a new industry. It would involve diverse challenges where you need to get product, operations and sales right to really make it work. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by a growing company?

Again, a very difficult question. You’d probably hear much smarter people give you much better answers, but I’ll go with being able to slow down. Once you find product-market fit, there is a natural pull from your customers that is very tempting. However, there are some challenges on the way that you need to get right. Think of culture or hiring the right talent, for instance.

What has been the proudest achievement in your career?

Can’t really think of one thing. I’m very proud in general that I have always followed my passion. I have a general vision for my career, but I’m not afraid to take leaps of faith when the right opportunity arises. So far, I have resisted going with the safe bet and I have been able to shape my career the way I envisioned it.

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Budapest, Hungary

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What country are you from?

Hungary: the land of architectural landmarks, thermal baths and English stag do’s! It also means I speak one of the hardest languages in the world.


What book had the most impact on your life? What did it teach you?

I grew up reading tons of fantasy books. I really got into them: I would dream about having a pet dragon or pretend I can fly on a broom. Besides creativity and imagination, I learned about friendship, courage, fairness and many other traits that make us human! 

 

Two more recent books I read and would recommend are Ashlee Vance’s book on Elon Musk and Ray Dalio’s Principles. I really enjoyed the unbiased view presented by Ashlee on Elon: the hard work and sacrifices that are behind the success of Elon’s celebrity entrepreneur profile. I found Ray Dalio’s book extremely empowering. It is incredible to see that entrepreneurs have the power to build highly successful organizations where ideas & capabilities win over politics & rank.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love too many things…hiking, playing football, golf, travelling, gardening, reading, cooking or looking after my tortoises. I love sailing with friends or riding motorbikes, however, my true passion is snowboarding.

 

I grew up skiing and snowboarding, which stayed with me over the years. Chances are if you message me in the winter, you’ll find me rocking the off-piste slopes of Austria or France. I also just took on kitesurfing as a hobby, which I’m very excited about!

If you could travel back to any one point in time, what would it be and why?

I would probably go really far back to see some dinosaurs and extinct animals (without changing anything...watched too many Rick & Morty episodes to try messing with the past).

If you could invite five people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would you choose?

Not sure...I’d probably make it a chaotic & fun dinner. Let’s say da Vinci, a medieval nun, Aristotle... Todd Gurley and Nicki Minaj... or something like that.

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