At the beginning of his Miton journey, Václav nurtured the creation of Bonami, the online marketplace for designer furniture, a company he continues to oversee. However, he devotes most of his time to mental health, for which Miton established a fund called Miton Psychonauts.
"Although Western society has prospered materially, we are not feeling well at an individual level. And yet mental wellbeing and mindful living have a direct influence on our physical health and our relationship to self, to others and to the natural environment" explains the reasons for his interest.
"Thanks to two decades of working in the technology business, we are well aware that new technologies and innovations will play a key role in the future in shaping how we live and how we feel. We’d love to see technology used to everyone’s benefit" he says.
Before Václav and Miton agreed in 2012 that they would build Bonami, and before he became the company’s sixth partner in 2015, he had already had one big business success. Václav started programming while in secondary school, met David Špinar, and together they went on to found the digital marketing agency H1.cz, which sold for tens of millions of Czech crowns in 2010. And it was David Špinar whom Václav invited some years later to help him build the central Miton team.
Václav looks for inspiration abroad. When he studied at the University of Economics in Prague, where his dissertation was supervised by Ondřej Raška, another Miton partner, Václav spent some time in the USA. And in 2018 he and his family spent half a year in Berlin, Europe’s startup mecca.