Kinga Jentetics
Co-Founder and CEO of PublishDrive, Hungary

Q: What do you hope for the future?

A: Hard work filled with adventures and fun!

Be true to yourself and let go of the negative

I was born to make a difference with my work.’ That was my motto that helped direct me to a life in startups. Before I realized that calling, I was a university student with work experience as a marketing consultant at Zurich Financial Services and as a digital marketer in the music industry. After seeing my mother running her own small business, I realized I wanted to make a difference with my passions of writing and reading.

I’ve always been a bookworm, writing my own poems and reading plenty of books, so there was no question that I wanted to publish my own thesis during university. The process of self-publishing was time consuming and resulted in a lot of mistakes in the end. This brought a real business opportunity to mind: a simple solution that helps small publishers and authors publish globally. From that idea, PublishDrive was born.

The founding was not easy. Without a salary and the right partners, I had to confront many obstacles alone. But the real success came when I focused with all my heart on PublishDrive and dropped any negative outside influences. This road strengthened me a lot emotionally, and I truly believe this is just the beginning.

At 25, Kinga Jentetics started her own company when she was still a university student in Budapest in 2013. By publishing her own thesis digitally, she saw an opportunity in the publishing industry: a simple software solution that empowers small publishers and authors to go global with only one click. Kinga has lived in London and now resides in the US, where she is growing PublishDrive’s current team of 6 people.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.