A leading entrepreneur and a start-up accelerator, Mike Baur has curved a name for in the digital industry. Mike Baur has a wealth of knowledge in finance having previously worked as a banker. This article will detail the impact Mike Baur, CEO and co-founder of Swiss Start-up Factory has had in the digital world.
The 42-year-old Swiss entrepreneur holds an MBA and an executive MBA from the Rochester University, New York and University of Berne respectively. Born in Fribourg, Mike began his career as banker staying true to his childhood dream. He worked as a banker for 20 years till 2014 when he quit. Teaming up with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, Mike ventured into entrepreneurship with the Swiss Start-up Factory.
Mike Baur began as a commercial apprentice at UBS. He worked his way up from operations to executive board membership in the Swiss Private Banking sector. However, at the age of 39, Mike tendered his resignation and began his entrepreneurial journey as a private investor in promising digital start ups. This was guided by what he felt the lack of supportive structures to cultivate and turn these budding ideas into viable ventures.
Swiss Start-up Factory
The company targets specifically budding and talented Swiss digital start-ups. By incubating, the company offers opportunities to these companies through its wide network in Switzerland and globally, aided by CTI. Swiss Start-up Factory takes start ups through a thorough three month program. They are coached, offered office space and other services while establishing a network to guarantee the success of these start ups.
Mike doubles up as the CFO and CEO of the Swiss Start-up Factory. He handles the fundraising and financing part of the company. Under his leadership, the then young Swiss Start-up Factory sealed a lucrative deal with CTI in 2016. He was elevated to the position of Deputy Managing Director at CTI’s investment arm in January 2016. Through this, SSF was able to form the accelerator program in collaboration with Goldback Group with Fintech Solutions coming aboard in February 2016.
The program transformed SSF making it the biggest privately owned early stage ICT start-up accelerator. Presently, the CTI and Swiss Start-up Factory partnership financially support’s various start ups in Switzerland. Mike Baur also plays the role of a mentor to most of these start ups drawn from Swiss youth entrepreneurship.
Mike also formed part of the jury in a start-up pitching contest, START Summiteer, in St. Gallen in July 2016.
“It’s all about winning!” The best fund managers have consistent returns in all types of financial climates. Highland Capital raised $269 million for its NexPoint Fund in May 2017. What is the secret to James Dondero’s winning streak?
Winning Streak Continues
Just like the Dow Jones, the Highland Capital Management team keeps on winning. It has identified the hottest investment sectors and jumps in with both feet. James Dondero might want to yell CANNONBALL for his next financial offering.
NexPoint Advisers is an affiliate of the Dallas based Highland Capital Management firm. The primary focus of NexPoint is below investment grade debt and equities. Debt is one of the hottest assets around.
People need money to pay their rent. Corporations need money to buy their supplies. Governments need money to pave the roads. The capital raising was so successful for NexPoint that it surpassed the primary offering by 233 percent. More than 5.3 million of NexPoint’s shares were scooped up. Why was NexPoint so popular?
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Over the last five years, NexPoint Credit Strategies has generated returns of 18.79 percent. In the last year, it rose by 20.69 percent. Highland Capital Management President James Dondero said, “[w]e are pleased with the material over subscription and investor support consistent with top decile performance we have delivered over the past five years.” Weight Watchers is one of the featured stocks in the successful fund.
After over 3 decades managing money, James Dondero has acquired the experience for running a strong company. He understands the ebbs and flows of the markets. Debt is not going to go away and it can offer a quite lucrative return. Nevertheless, Highland Capital’s NexPoint is well poised to take the next step in making solid profits.
Eric Pulier is not one to get defeated when things don’t go quite the way he planned. He spent a lot of time and money building a company in cloud computing that he thought would take off when another company bought it, but instead it went nowhere and Pulier took it hard. But in the failure of that company to take off, Pulier took an interest in disruptive technology and started the base of his seed organization, vAtoamic Systems. He became interested in mobile apps due to the growth of Uber and the use of Bitcoins and blockchain technology.
Eric Pulier really was in effect a prodigy of computers. While he was still in elementary school he became self-taught at programming and by high school had already formed a company. He was accepted to Harvard where he studied literature and wrote for the Crimson newspaper and you can still find his columns at the Crimson’s author pages today. He took classes at MIT at the same time and by 1988 had graduated magna cum laude with degrees in the literary and IT fields.
Pulier took his computer programming skills to Los Angeles where an organization he formed known as People Doing Things became a company known as Digital Evolution. Digital Evolution used interactive video and web marketing for big clients such as Toyota and Warner Brothers, and Pulier also worked with government agencies. Then President Bill Clinton also chose him to head the “Bridge to the 21st Century” as part of the Presidential Technology Forum.
In 1998 Digital Evolution was purchased by US Interactive LLC and Pulier started going into cloud technology. He founded Akana which became a host company for service-oriented software, and it was later sold to Rogue Wave. He also wrote the book “Understanding Enterprise SOA”. In 2005 he started ServiceMesh, one of the most advanced cloud-based software integration programs. About 6 years later he formed the Cloud Enterprise Leadership Council which was merged to TM Forum. Pulier has won several awards and recognitions including making the list of VAR Business’s Top 30 eVisionaries. He also guides young people at XPrize Foundation.
Born and raised on a small farm in northeast Iowa, it was a natural choice for David McDonald to head off to Iowa State University to study animal science. Like thousands of other young men raised on farms, a career path in agriculture often runs through one of the nation’s premier universities for the future farmers of America.
But David McDonald’s unique talents would lead him in a slightly different direction. David McDonald OSI Group was destined to head one of the biggest companies in America, and stay at that job for an astounding 30 years, and counting.
David McDonald was named CEO of OSI Group in 1987. OSI is listed by Forbes as the 59th largest privately-owned company in America. The company today commands revenues of some $6 billion annually and has a global presence with operations in 17 countries around the world.
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Helming one of the largest food companies in the world is a long way from an Iowa farm, but with McDonald at the controls, OSI Group has not only experienced steady and rapid growth, but has become a leader in technological innovation within the food industry, as a well as set the standard for adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
One of the advantages a company as big as OSI Group has over competitors is that it remains privately owned, McDonald said in a recent interview.
“Because we are private and not publicly owned, we can be more nimble and flexible with our solutions. It gives us the ability to think long term, and it allows us to be more patient when building a business or relationship,” he said.
After three decades leading OSI Group, McDonald says he still finds his job fresh, exciting and challenging, and that he looks forward to going to work every day.
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