Member Spotlight November: Laszlo Giricz

Member Spotlight November: Laszlo Giricz

Founder and CEO, Poseidon

At the core of Mandala Club lies connection, and in order to facilitate connections between our members we must open the opportunity of getting to know one another. So, here goes our member spotlight, a monthly feature where we ask one of our members to open up and share their stories.

The thing nobody tells you about starting your own business is...

This is not my first startup, though I am every time shocked how much harder especially the beginning is. I started Poseidon over 4 years ago, entirely bootstrapped it with my own money after selling all my assets, and I continue to give my heart and soul to this venture that has become my Ikigai. I think Elon Musk said it very aptly: "Starting a company is like eating glass and staring into the abyss." People typically only see the glamour of being a successful entrepreneur and fail to see the never ending grind. I actually think only an entrepreneur will ever truly understand the immense mental and even physical pain we go through.

The sustainability sector's biggest challenge is...

Lack of public knowledge is a very big contributor to the climate mess we are in. If everyone would understand the negative impacts of everyday items, both from a social as well as environmental perspective, people would make much smarter choices. Before we learned that just one glass of fruit juice covers almost an entire day's worth of sugar intake, we thought they are the go-to health drink. Without knowledge, we easily make the wrong decisions. And that is by far the biggest challenge we face. All the little things that we thought we did right and then turned out to be taking us into the wrong direction.

And opportunity is...

While this lack of knowledge is extremely frustrating, it also represents a fantastic opportunity for companies like Poseidon. We realised long ago that helping people understand the sustainability facts of lifestyle choices and providing them with options that are simple and logical, we can create real change and help everyone live a more conscious life. People do not necessarily have to become vegan and never step on a plane again to save the planet. It is all those little steps that we take every single day that together, if we know which way to go, make a big difference.

There's nothing more annoying than...

Watching people do stupid things when I know for a fact that they could do better. Often it is laziness or even worse a lack of care. Whatever the reason, I find it very challenging to watch unnecessary stupidity. The best part? When people know better, don't do it right, and then complain about the outcome. Sometimes I question our self-proclaimed dominance in the hierarchy of sentient beings. I hope to be wrong, though keep getting reminded that Albert Einstein might have been right about the infinite universe and that other thing.

The last time I laughed uncontrollably was...

Every time I see my fiancée laugh. She is the most beautiful princess in the world and when I see her laugh, which she somehow manages to do with her whole face, I feel like the happiest man in the universe. In those moments, I laugh with such intensity and happiness that my world turns into a magical land of wonders. There is simply nothing that makes me happier than seeing her smile.

[XXX] has no place on a pizza

I once saw a pizza with Nutella and thought that Nutella has absolutely no place on a pizza. Or anything sweet, for that matter. Pizza is a savoury comfort food with a long tradition that can be truly delicious, when done right. Turning it into a dessert is just wrong. A wonderful French crêpe or American pancake can bring sunshine into even the darkest of days, so there is really no reason to destroy a perfectly good pizza heritage.