After two successful decades, Mike Baur finally called his banking career quits. Mr. Baur bid the Swiss banking industry goodbye and ventured onwards to become an influential serial tech investor. At 39, Mike had worked with the who’s who of the Swiss banking community. Mike is an excellent business leader and proven financial strategist. Some of the established financial institutions he’s associated with are:-
- Swiss Startup Invest
- Swiss Startup Association
- Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF)
- Clariden Leu
- Think Reloaded AG
It didn’t take long before the philanthropic Swiss investor’s name reappeared on the mainstream media headlines. Mike and two-like minded visionaries came together to create the privately held, Swiss-Up Factory AG. Primarily, the tech start-up serves as a bridge linking aspiring tech investors with their dreams and aspirations.
Why Swiss Startups Fails?
It’s no secret that over 80% of start-ups in Switzerland and elsewhere, tend to collapse in their early stages. Companies struggle to raise the necessary capital to keep them afloat before they clock their breakeven points. Other entities run into all sorts of confrontations with the law. The professionals working at the Swiss Startup Factory guide you to avoiding such challenges. Mike’s company funds these small companies. It also mentors the youth on all the core aspects required to run a successful start-up.
Apply for the 90-Day Accelerator Program
Swiss Start-Up Factory has a trademark three-month crash course for the entrepreneurs. Mike Baur personally designed the 90-day accelerator program suitable for both early and late state companies. The Swiss Start-Up Factory runs an impressive hub at the heart of Geneva. These premises are an ideal ground for you as an aspiring tech developer to network with those who have already made it in the same industry.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur, the co-founder of the Swiss Startup, attended the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland from 1997 to 2000. In 2007, Mr. Baur enrolled for an MBA Course at the University of Rochester. By the end of 2008, he received his Executive MBA degree from the Universitat Bern.
Mike is a huge sports fan. He is a staunch supporter of his local hockey team in his hometown, Fribourg. Additionally, the seasoned investor likes watching the ATP Tennis series. In 2014, Mr. Baur founded Swiss Startup Factory which is a disruptive innovation incubator for young Swiss ICT entrepreneurs looking to make a break for the big league.
In the Dallas and Fort Worth area James Dondero has become synonymous with generosity. While being the head of one the biggest capital investment firms in town comes with an air of excellence, it’s the kind nature of the President of Highland Capital Management, and his generous donations, that have grabbed the citizens attention.
Mr. James Dondero has donated to museums, public centers, educational programs and charities in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas for years now, but recently he made a particular donation that caused a stir of excitement in the community. A million dollars is no small sum of money, but to bring back Hippos to the Dallas Zoo it was worth every penny. It cost 14 million dollars to update and reconstruct the hippo outpost and James was happy to do his part.
The new outpost has a 120,000 gallon waterhole habitat with a submerged viewing area. This means viewers will be able to view the entire habitat in a way that had never before been possible. This has reportedly already caused a growth in daily visitors. The 2.1 acre area features two hippos – Adhama (he weighs almost 2 tons!) and Boipelo (over a ton herself!) who have been enjoying their new home. These two were picked intentionally as part of the Association of Zoos and the Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. The Zoo is confident that the two Hippos will get along just fine.
The Dallas area can be excited that their 15 year wait is over. Mr. Dondero and Highland Capital Management were happy to be involved and continue to help their community. It seems safe to say that James isn’t stopping his quest to make the Dallas area better for both it’s residents and it’s visitors.
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Nihiwatu Is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s almost hard to believe that serial entrepreneur bought this slice of heaven from a couple as a hostel.Chris Burch teamed up with James McBride the hotelier and turned the beach hostel into a 30 million dollar investment called Nihiwatu. The resort opened its doors in 2015 and within a year it had already been selected as the top hotel globally in 2016 by Travel and Leisure. For related article, click on ideamensch.com
As one of the founders of Nihiwatu, Chris Burch managed to turn it into his children’s legacy and conserve it for the community. The entrepreneur was amazed by the fact that he could experiment with building the new resort. The result was that it was turned into something beyond his wildest dreams. Chris Burch now juggles his time among his three homes Raja Mendaka-his private villa in Nihiwatu, Miami, and the Hamptons.
Nihiwatu has over 20 private villas. In addition to this, it has an outdoor and entertaining indoor area, a beach spa; although private sessions can be done in your room, a wellness area that holds daily yoga sessions although private sessions are also available, private and public surf sessions in the renowned surf beach, excursions to the adjacent waterfalls and Coconut Grove for surfing lessons and horseback riding.
The five-star resort is also known as the edge of Wilderness although its name loosely translates to mortar stone in the indigenous Sumba language. Nihiwatu’s décor is composed of traditional Sumbanese artifacts, ikat prints, and indigenous wood. The resort has employed a large population in the island. It also gives back to society as a part of its profits is pumped into the Sumba Foundation. This foundation finances various developments in the Sumba community.The good news is that Nihiwatu is not the last piece of investment by Tony McBride and Chris Burch as the duo are planning to build other spectacular resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Interesting article to read here.
About Chris Burch:
Christopher J. Burch is an ardent businessman who began his business journey in 1976 with Eagle’s Eye apparel. He managed to grow the 2,000 dollars investment into a 165 million dollars business before he sold it.The CEO of Burch Creative Capital has been in the entrepreneur and investment field for over forty years. Check on burchcreativecapital.com. Within this time, he has managed to be involved in a variety of industries which include designer clothes and apparel, the food business, real estate and various luxury brands.Chris Burch is also a philanthropist and he has contributed towards various worthy causes. Chris is also on the board of a range of valuable establishments. More to read on bjtonline.com.
Read insight and views from Burch about things on this area of focus, visit this site on http://interview.net/chris-burch-of-burch-creative-capital/
Marc Sparks is the poster boy for entrepreneurship. He is from Dallas, Texas and jumped into the world of business from the entrepreneurial diving board. With practically no formal training to speak off, the 1975 high school graduate has been involved with many start-ups, some that are successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and some considerably less than successful. One of his more successful ventures was to create and sell several hundreds of millions of dollars worth of self made products, along with the creation of some very successful businesses. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
He credits his success to being passionate about what he does, his tenacious spirit, his never let a failure create a speed bump, but a stepping stone and his monetization skills. He is not afraid of losing it all. He loves to win, but Sparks knows he cannot win it all. That kind of reality is part of what keeps him on an even keel. He revels in building a successful business, putting together a team that supports that success and having happy customers. That, along with enjoying good health with family and great friends is a great day for Sparks. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/marc.sparks1
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Sparks is also a businessman and philanthropist. Sparks along with his wife created Spark Tank. It is Spark’s way to help non-profit entrepreneurs contribute to society with ideas and solutions to social situations.
Entrepreneurs apply for the cash grants and if they pass the rigorous inspection by the Spark Tank panel, they win funds for their venture. It is important for Sparks to have the ability to recognize the great work non-profits do and it is vitally important for them to help others.Learn more: http://sparktankdfw.com/
Sparks and his wife have helped other entities, as well. They took over a small homeless shelter and turned it into a multi-million dollar operation that feeds and houses more than 200 people every day. Samaritan Inn has a program where participants can find help with job training and placement, healthcare and family services. Graduates of the program have all the tools necessary to go onto live productive lives. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from hearing from former members of the Inn who return and tell of their success thanks to the help they received while at the Inn.
Mark Sparks has also added author to his list of credits. His book “They Can’t Eat You” describes his entrepreneurial adventures. He writes about all aspects of his career – the good, the bad and the ugly. His book shows others that it is possible to be successful despite encountering failures from time to time, and it is essential to never give up. Sometimes, failure teaches a better lesson than success. Sparks hopes his story will inspires others to never give up.
If you were to meet a young Eric Pulier on the campus of Harvard University in the late 1980’s he would most likely fill the conversation with youthful curiosity and excitement and may even discuss literature or the socioeconomic status of less fortunate people people. To meet him today may not entail that much of a different experience although he may exchange the literary context of the conversation for technological context as to date he has funded or founded over fifteen different tech-centered companies.
Although Eric Pulier has a keen eye for business and is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, he has never neglected his philanthropic desires and his desires to give back to the less fortunate are always at the forefront of his decision making. Early in his career his philanthropy stretched to the Multiple Sclerosis Society as he worked in his field to adapt a multimedia education system that could teach people with the disease, about the disease. Further into the 90’s Pulier worked with such high names as Peter Samuelson and Stephen Spielberg to help develop a private social media platform to allow children with chronic illness to develop a network with each other privately and exchange communication in a safe environment.
mong his successes is the authorship of a book entitled, “Understanding Enterprise SOA” which was published and highly regarded in 2005. Pulier has also been the recipient of numerous patents for a wide variety of inventions in the area of cloud computing technology. Eric currently calls Los Angeles home, where he resides with his four young children. He is consistently working on various entrepreneurial pursuits and stays active in learning as much as he can about the growing cloud computing technology market that he is so much an important part of.
OSI Group is one of the largest food processing companies in the world, and their clientele include businesses in the food retailing and services sector. With over 100 years in the business, one of the most notable clients is American fast-food giant, McDonald’s since 1955. One of the people to ensure the company sees another century is the current President of OSI Group, Dave McDonald.
Before the Presidency
Before David McDonald OSI Group rose to be the head of one of the biggest companies in the world, he had a stint at lower management levels that prepared him for the job. He was one of the many Project Managers at OSI Industries and served as an Independent Director at Marfig Global Foods S.A serving in the position for nine years since December 2008.
Apart from serving as the President of the OSI Group, this Animal Science graduate from Iowa State University also serves as the Chairperson of the North American Meat Institute board and a director of OSI International Foods (Australia).
With an extensive background in the foods service industry, it is no doubt that Dave McDonald has the experience and the expertise to ensure the company remains sustainable on the global scale. In the recent past, OSI Group’s facilities in Europe attained ISO certification, and according to Dave McDonald, the company will continue to evolve their business practices to build up their global communities, enhance the lives of all their employees, and sustain their environmental resources.
One of Dave McDonald agendas is to offer more value to the customer by increasing product development to meet the needs of OSI Group diverse clientele. He also seeks to collaborate with new and existing clients on the products that will grow the business of the parties involved.
Dave McDonald enters the OSI Group as the President in a time when OSI announced a new plant in Geneva at the cost of more than $25 million that aims to produce private-label and branded frozen foods, which has tripled the production capacity of the group.
Dave McDonald is a perfect choice for the Presidency and given his experience on a global scale in top positions; he will surely take OSI Group through the next phase of growth.
Learn more about David McDonald: http://www.fundacity.com/david-mcdonald.