Mike Baur: Providing Training And Resources To Help Swiss Start-Ups

Successful, experienced, financial services professional and entrepreneur Mike Baur is determined to help as many Swiss start-ups as possible to fulfill their potential and bolster the Swiss economy well into the future. After spending 20 years in the Swiss financial services and banking industries, Baur worked with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer to co-found Swiss Startup Factory, an innovative new business incubator, to help young Swiss entrepreneurs. With Baur drawing on his background in banking to help with fundraising and financing, SSF has quickly become Switzerland’s top private new business accelerator.

 

In Switzerland, Mike Baur’s story is well known. He started his career in banking with UBS as an apprentice in commercial services. A few years later he was hired by the famed Swiss bank Clariden Leu. With a seemingly innate understanding of financial management, Mike Baur earned a series of promotions and by the time he was 39 years old he was on a very large Swiss bank’s directorial board. In 2014, he decided to retire and focus on investing. His two decades in financial services had given him unique insights into what to look for to identify companies with the potential to do well.

 

But Mike Baur soon realized that the staff at many viable start-ups lacked the training, resources and financial acumen to take their enterprise to the top. Baur decided he would help. He collaborated with Walzer and Meister and designed an innovative, comprehensive, three-month program that could provide new Swiss start-ups with the preparation, resources and support necessary to turn their business dreams into a reality. SSF customizes a service package designed for each start-ups’ unique needs.

 

Mike Baur and Swiss Startup Factory provides access to finance and accounting support, IT help, business development, leadership and management training, teaches about market analysis, product optimization, pertinent laws and taxes, branding, marketing strategy and more and connects the start-ups to industry experts, mentors and a global network of entrepreneurs and investors.

 

In addition to his work with Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur also helps Swiss entrepreneurs through his work with the University of St Gallen’s START Summiteer, Innovation Lab Fribourg, Swiss Startup Invest, the Swiss Startup Group AG, the Swiss Startup Association and through his collaboration with Fintech Fusion, CTI Invest and the Goldback Group. Mike Baur is on a mission to make it easier for countless entrepreneurs in Switzerland with innovative business ideas to have success.

 

Disney Is Slowly Acquiring Every Entertainment Business, But Is This A Good Thing?

So it’s official, our world is slowly becoming a Disney World with the entertainment mega giants new acquisition. For the, I’m sure, meager sum of $52 billion in stock Disney has acquired 21 St Century Fox’s film division and most of the television entertainment side also. What this means is that Disney is taking over the majority stake in National Geographic programs, Hulu, Sky, and most of the Fox Sports Network. Also, Disney now gets the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool franchises, so you may see more crossover films than ever. This deal will considerably beef up Disney’s already considerable library, just in time for the planned launch of Disney’s own streaming service in 2019.

I have nothing against Disney. My kids love Disney. We have sung the songs from Frozen more times than I care to announce publicly. My concern is in one entertainment company owning almost every major interest in movies and television. This monopoly could lead to a lack of creativity and competition and an increase in following the movie or tv formula. And yes, every entertainment company has a formula they follow that works in gaining more viewer dollars.

Disney has already made some historic big deals under the leadership of their CEO Mr. Iger: Pixar, Marvel, and Lucas Films. So my question is: When is enough, enough? Like I said, I do not mind Disney films, but I also believe that competition is healthy and can spark more creativity. Of course that is just my opinion, but Disney is welcomed to buy it.

Achievements of Rick Smith is Securus Technologies

There are many things that we have heard about being in jail. Most of the ordeals are very scary. Most of us are even afraid to associate with an individual who has a history of being in jail. Detention facilities are seen as brutal places where only tough human beings are bled. Thanks to Rick Smith of Securus Technologies, the story has changed.

Rick Smith, the CEO and Chairman of Securus Technologies has taken the company to another level. It is now ranked as the most reliable high technology company. The users say that this is because the gadgets are convenient and reliable.

One area that Rick Smith seems to have emphasized on is improving the detention life. The inmates are the biggest beneficiaries of his projects. Through Securus Technologies, the convicts can now comfortably communicate with their loved ones. There are many options for communication that Rick Smith has introduced. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.

There are the video calls and audio calls that the convicts and the relatives can use during visitation. Initially, there were just audio calls. However, Smiths passion for videos led to the innovation of video calls in the facilities. Smith argued that when people see each other, communication is more efficient compared to when it’s just the voice they can hear. A video call brings some connection.

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Rick Smith also saw the issue of having to queue during visitation as a waste time. Securus Technologies has, therefore, come up with ways to help the relatives schedule visitations in advance. By doing this, the relatives go at their own pace. They do not have to wait for long hours before seeing the inmates.

The other program that Rick Smith Securus has introduced that has proofed effective is the ability to call from home. Sometimes the relatives may be too busy to drive to the detention facilities to see their loved ones. Other detainees are in facilities that are far from their residential area. It is therefore impossible for the relatives to drive to the jail regularly. Rick Smith has given such individuals the option of calling through a webcam.

Rick Smith has been able to do all this because of the skills he possesses. Before becoming the CEO of Securus Technologies, he was the President and CEO of Eschelon-Telkom. His reign in the society is always remembered. He played a huge role in ranking Eschelon. He elevated the revenue of the company to $350 million from $30 million.

The other factor that has contributed greatly to the success of Rick Smith is his educational background. He has a degree in Engineering and masters of the same. Smith also has a masters degree in Mathematics and an MBA. Visit securustechnologies.com for more info.

The Start Master Class-Reasons Why Entrepreneurs are Going Back to School

Lately, a majority of the entrepreneurs have opted going back to school. This is in an attempt to venture into new businesses; to learn what they might be missing out or for better management of family businesses. With the high level of technology; there is need to ensure that you keep up with the progress to maintain the market and satisfy their needs accordingly.
Currents even successful business people with large enterprises are going back to acquire a master’s degree or Ph.D. in business management. Going to school molds you to an all rounded entrepreneur; making you more competent in the field. Jensen’s, a lecturer of entrepreneurship, says that the entrepreneurs come back to school with dots about the ideas of entrepreneurship and the professors join in the dots and complete the puzzle of their students.
Their many programmers that are being offered to entrepreneurs, different individuals will take on various programs depending on their area of specialization. These programs are very crucial, and the future of the business may solely depend on that knowledge. Recent research has shown that the failure of many companies would have been avoided if the entrepreneurs had gone to school prior to the opening of the business to learn the required skill to run their businesses.
One of the success entrepreneur, Campbell, saying that going to school greatly improved the profit margin of his business. This is as a result of getting acquainted with the accounting process, pricing, inventory process and international trade agreements. He says that the cost of his education is way below the added profits in his business.
Going back is, therefore, the new trend in the business world. It’s wise to get equipped with the right tools before you embark on your entrepreneurship journey. If you’ve already started on your journey, you can still spare a little time to go back and pick up what you may have missed for better results.
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Netflix Sees Stock Soar

For the past decade one of the top tech companies in the world has been Netflix. While Netflix started as a company that shipped DVDs to people at a more affordable rate, they have continued to disrupt the entertainment industry. After putting traditional DVD rental businesses out of business, they now appear to having a big impact on the traditional home cable service providers. While they have had a negative impact on the traditional cable companies, they appear to be a big hit with investors as the stock for the company went up more than ten percent in value this week (http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-stock-all-time-high-cash-burn-strategy-1202498605/).

On Tuesday morning, investors in Netflix stock received some great news about the performance of the company. Netflix announced that they had added more than 5.3 million new users in the past quarter of 2017, which was almost twice what the market was expecting. This was just the latest example of growth in the company that has not been matched by any other providers in the country.

Overall, the company reported $2.79 billion in revenue in the quarter, which was just a little bit higher than the estimates. What was surprising to many people was that the company actually reported a smaller net profit of just 15 cents per share compared to Wall Street estimates of 16 cents per share.

While Netflix is clearly a leader in content providing and will continue to have an impact on the entertainment industry, the company does still have to deal with concerns over cash burn. The company has focused a lot on buying content over the past few years. While this has attracted a lot of customers to the service, it has led to a big cash drain. Cash flow was negative $920 million in 2015 and negative $1.7 billion in 2016.

How Mike Baur has invested in ICT-Based Startup Businesses.

Mike Baur is an investor and entrepreneur who is well recognized in Switzerland for the support that he has been offering to new ventures that deal with ICT. He formerly worked in the Swiss private banking industry for about twenty years, and therefore, he is well informed about the sector. UBS was the first company that hired him, and he served it as an intern. Baur is a hard working individual, and this enabled him to be offered an executive office at a top Swiss private bank. In 2014, he started pursuing his entrepreneurship career by investing in startups. Mike and his two colleagues teamed up and established the Swiss Startup Factory, which is a prosperous enterprise.

 

The primary driver of the Swiss Startup Factory is innovation. The company has managed to grow many ICT-based businesses from the time that it was established. All the funds that it uses in its operations are sourced from private investors. Mike has dedicated his career to offering tremendous motivational and financial support to startups. He is also appreciated for being one of the people who established the Swiss Startup Association. Baur is an alumnus of the University of Rochester, New York, and he holds an MBA from the institution.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory facilitates high potential startups to penetrate the market and be profitable. It advises the entrepreneurs about the corporate world and ensures that they are excellent administrators of their businesses. Mike has been accessing funds to support the undertakings of the company by partnering with various investors who would like to invest in emerging ICT companies. He has created and maintained contact with a network of business leaders and has been encouraging them to fund various startups.

 

The latest business leader that Mike has welcomed to the group of investors at the Swiss Startup Factory is Michael Hartweg. He will be serving as a mentor to various startups that he chooses to support. Mr. Hartweg will select any startup that he prefers to invest in and guide it to penetrate the markets and be profitable. The Swiss Startup Factory also works with many other investors from locally and internationally to support its undertakings.

 

Mike Baur currently heads all the activities of the enterprise. He has used great strategies to access funds that the company uses in running its business acceleration programs. The offices of his firm are located in Zurich. Baur understands the best business models that new enterprises can use for them to be successful.

 

Eric Pulier: A Software Guru and a Philanthropist

Eric Pulier, the Co-Founder and CEO of the ServiceMesh, Inc. is an icon in the technology world. He started his programming career while in high school and to date has been developing software that has seen changes in many sectors of US from the medical world, education amongst other vital areas of life. He studied at Harvard University majoring in English and American literature, which made him an editor at The Harvard Crimson. In 1991, he established People Doing Things (PDT) a firm that dealt with using technology in health care and education. Later in 1994, he created interactive agency Digital Evolution and the Starbright World.

In 1997, Pulier having been chosen by the Presidential Inaugural Committee in the Presidential Technology Exhibition, showed his expertise in developing initiatives in health care and technology forums. He also featured in other initiatives like the Clinton Global Initiative. He has founded and co-founded other organizations like SOA Software, Desktone, US Media Interactive LLC, Akana and Media Platform.

His love for technology has seen him invited to various technology forums and conferences. He ranked as one of the 30 e-visionaries by VAR Business. In his charity work, Pulier was involved in Multiple Sclerosis Society by creating a platform that would address the condition. He also together with his team helped develop the first private social media network, Starbright World which would allow children with chronic illnesses connect online. He has served in other organizations which support vulnerable groups like the XPrize Foundation, Painted Turtle. He also created Starlight World, a game which would help children with diabetes get a clearer understanding of their condition.

vAtomic Systems, Pulier’s new venture has surprised the global market with how a minute macro element would have a great impact on the economy by digitizing commodities and transforming them into interactive digital experiences. Pulier believes in persistence, and that blockchain technology will change the nature of commerce.

Born in 1968 from Los Angeles, California, Eric Pulier is an established columnist, an entrepreneur, author, and a philanthropist. He has been a pillar in seeing small organizations in the media and technology industry grow tremendously.