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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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.
Meriwether group is an organization situated in Portland, Oregon. The firm’s primary focus is branding other businesses to improve the traffic search as well as accelerating their entrepreneurial ventures. The indispensable act of mentoring budding entrepreneurs gave the company an age over its competing groups that deliver the same services and management consulting.
The employees at Meriwether are highly tested and proven to provide the best results possible. They have vast experiences due to working for various kinds of business spanning from a small startup to a massive scale of not less than 450 companies around the globe. As a matter of fact, such kind of work done by the Meriwether group’s employees leads to the immense growth of the enterprise.
Sawyer Howitt is a young and vibrant business devotee who is presently serving at his father’s company, Meriwether Group. The input by Sawyer Howitt in the firm’s premises has made him become the center of gossip within the organization. The brilliant Sawyer Howitt is a guy who knows how to get things done and has outperformed his peers through his tremendous contributions that portray him as being ahead of his time.
The ambitious Sawyer Howitt has no self-interest and is determined to mount more entrepreneurs to fulfill their untapped potential. The founder of Meriwether Group, his father, has not been blind to his son’s endeavors and has put in place structures to reward his son for the bravery and wisdom of the highest form ever witnessed in the company. More to the point, his input to the company has seen his father entrust him with critical decision-making process within the organization.
The fundamental element that makes Meriwether Group unique is the quality of funding, acceleration, and exit approach to promoting startups and businesses struggling to grow. The companies that seek support is given funds in the form of equity or debt. A group of 12 highly skilled individuals combines its experiences and in-depth business understanding to help startups to realize their business success.
The firm’s entrepreneurs are regarded as contemporary heroes because they are people who make major impacts in the society.
Securus Technologies released a list of comments that had been sent in by some of the people that used their products a few months ago. The comments were just a few of the many letters and emails that the company got from its customers all over the country. Rick Smith is the CEO of Securus. He stated that the firm invested in making new products each week to improve the quality of services that they provided to their customers. He mentioned that safety was part of the DNA of the company and they tried to instill it in every product that they released.
Securus announced that it had hired a sales executive to join its leadership team in January last year. Jon Bell joined Securus as the senior vice president of Sales. He was tasked with assembling a technology-oriented sales team. The company develops more than 800 different products. The leadership saw it fit to give the role of selling these products to an experienced professional. Rick Smith pointed out that the company had invested more than half a billion dollars to acquire security and safety products over the past few years. He stated that this warranted a key sales manager who would be able to lead its sales divisions as the company continued to grow. Smith said that this was important because Securus needed a new way to present its portfolio of products to clients.
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Bell’s career as a manager has spanned for more than 35 years. He is known for his ability to grow the culture of a company and to steer it towards its sales and profits targets. Bell schooled at Holy Cross before joining the Wharton School of Business to pursue a Master’s degree. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Kellogg School of Management. He has worked at reputable companies including AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and IBM.
Bell will be in charge of the 100 people who work in the sales team at Securus. Most of the members of this division are sales associate that are always on the road to find new clients. Josh Conklin is the VP of Sales at Securus. He now reports directly to Bell. Both of them will work to present the company’s products to more customers and to utilize the Securus Technology Center fully to make presentations to customers. They will also collaborate to build a sales associate training program that will enable new hires to learn about the sales strategies of the company faster. Rick Smith pointed out that the firm would never lose out on a contract if more people understood their products and services. This is because they offer better products and wholesome services that are beneficial to correctional facilities. Visit securustechnologies.com for more info.
On October 2016, Copa Star Hospital was inaugurated in the southern zone of Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro. It is located on the Figueiredo Magalhaes Street near Copacabana beach. It took three years for the completion of the construction of Copa Star Hospital. The hospital is a combination of sophisticated technology, luxury, comfort, and outstanding service. From the outside, it looks like a five-star hotel. The concept was introduced by D’Or Sao Luiz Network. The seven-story building is a masterpiece of technological innovation. It is constructed on an area of twenty-one thousand square foot. As compared to other hospitals, patients here enjoy a great level of freedom. They can talk to a doctor or request attention from nurses with a few taps on the iPad. New technology has been introduced for the automation of the beds. With the help of an application, patients can do various tasks like opening and closing curtains, changing the lighting of the room and accessing his doctor.
Dr. Jorge Moll who is a cardiologist is the founder and President of D’Or Sao Luiz. The construction work of Copa Star Hospital began in 2013 with an investment of more than four hundred million dollars. According to Jorge Moll, the hospital is a great alternative for people who earlier had to visit Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Complex surgeries can be conducted at this hospital where the qualified staff is available round the clock to take care of the patients. People describe Copa Star Hospital as the combination of professional medical staff and hotel accommodation. The aim is to help people recover from illness with the use of technology and comfort. An innovative feature of Copa Star Hospital is a separate area for the passage of stretchers and hospital staff. The galleries of the building are decorated with paintings of Japanese artist Yutaka.
D’Or Institute for Education and Research (IDOR) is a nonprofit institute for the promotion of scientific and technological advancement in healthcare professional training. The institute was founded in 2010 with headquarter in Rio de Janeiro. The facility has state-of-the-art equipment for researchers who rely on D’Or Sao Luiz for resources and technical support. The Institute coordinates with teaching and research activities of the network with units in Recife, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Currently, the institute has a research team of seventeen people and more than fifty students that are involved in various research projects aiming to bring significant research output. The institute mainly focuses on research areas like medicine, internal medicine, neurosciences, and pediatrics. IDOR offers post-graduation courses Lato Sensu, Residency Program, and specialization and refresher courses. The researchers collaborate with students in their master’s thesis and doctoral programs like INCA, FIOCRUZ, UERJ, and UFRJ.
Read more at SSC Magazine about Copa Star.
Accelerated disruption is a book Authored by Eric Lefkofsky to inspire entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses and avoid failures. He talks about how great ideas fails and also tells on why they should not fail in the first place. Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who with an investment of $1 million in Groupon has seen it grow to a successful business empire worth $6 billion. He was serving the company as the chairman and CEO before he left to establish a startup project, Tempus with the aim of fighting cancer. Click tempus.com for details.
Accelerated disruption talks of disruptive businesses that get established every day by aggressive entrepreneurs who have prodigious ideas with high potentiality regarding convenience, prices or even functionality. Such ideas that one would think they hold the key to the success of the respective industry yet they end up weakening for failing to consider the most important ingredients for the success of business. Such facts as moving behind technology will make a business rag behind as large competitors or even startups embrace the change in technology and apply it to their continued development and success. This is what accelerated disruption is all about, a business development that is willing to move at the same speed in which technology is advancing. Only those businesses that manage to appreciate and control the forces brought about by technology will survive as the rest gets displaced. Source forbes.com.
The central concepts that accelerated disruption has tackled include:
- Making the right choice of industry to invest in
- Appreciating the challenges in that industry and then turning it to your competitive advantage
- Use of the power of conventional wisdom to evaluate a disruptive idea and then test it
- How to get the best out of the people working for you
- How to create a refined R&D team from a casual customer base
- Getting to know how to improve products and quickly release them to the market
- How to promote your idea across the industry as well as investor resistance
- Ability to develop a realistic capital strategy that can support your business even in critical phases of development
Eric Lefkofsky has managed to assist in the foundation of about five technology startup businesses that are worth billions in his entrepreneurial endeavoring in Chicago. He has taken this opportunity to write this book so as to explain how disruptive businesses are established, developed and sustained. Eric Lefkofsky provides the future and other struggling entrepreneurs with an intellectual and conceptual framework that will guide them to transform their ideas into reality.
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