From a startup to a VC and back!

Tereza Machackova
3 min readOct 20, 2020


I couldn’t be more excited to finally share with my network what I have been up to!

I am literally living my career dream, and I am super grateful for the opportunity to do amazing things in my life.

I will always be thankful for the opportunity I got at Productboard. I have learnt so much. And now I am absolutely thrilled to start my next adventure!

When I joined Productboard two years ago, I spent a lot of time seeking best practices, looking for frameworks, and reaching out to our investors and their talent partners who had already seen this a zillion times. I knew that they could help me navigate how to build and scale technology teams at a world-class startup.

I genuinely believe that there is a massive opportunity in this space, especially here in Europe, where the startup scene is in full bloom. And now, with the experience I have gained, I am ready to help early-stage startups realize their potential. I cannot wait to be part of it and see it all.

I am going to partner with Credo Ventures to help grow our portfolio’s companies, especially their engineering functions. Europe is home to some of the leading tech and engineering universities in the world. We have more developers here than in the US (5.7 million compared to 4.4 million). I believe that Credo Ventures should be the driving force to spot, encourage, mentor, support, and drive our European entrepreneurs to hire the best talent.

I believe in the future of startups in Europe and cannot wait to help unlock the potential of the amazing talent here! First of all, I cannot wait to help new rising stars such as, Deepnote or StockStory! And I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to be working alongside my venture role models Andrej Kiska jr., Ondrej Bartos, and Jan Habermann, Vladislav Jez and many many more.

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So if you are seeking a new role, or looking for some insights or advice, I’d love to hear from you! The above startups are my most favourite ones now, and all of them are looking for A-players to help them succeed.

Currently, I am at, and I am extremely thrilled about their experienced, wise, and marvellously skilled team. Superstars, and yet humble, always empowering and listening to their people. They are willing to hire passionate tech hackers who want to change the world and want to learn on the way. You really want to be a part of this! I want it too! ❤️