Mike Baur Finds A More Rewarding Life In Tech Startups

Although Mike Baur started working at the early age of 16, his banking career didn’t really take off until he was offered an apprenticeship at Union Bank of Switzerland in 1991. From there, Mr. Baur was set on the fast track, even surpassing the expectations of his hiring manager. Mike worked his way through a number of companies, increasing his value as a financial expert and building an impressive portfolio of his own. The recession changed all of that, however.

Following the recession, Baur found that the rules of banking had changed, as had his passion for the industry that had been so generous in the past. Mike knew it was time for a change and, as it happened, he was already developing an interest in a new field. Baur wanted to help young entrepreneurs with their initial startup technology companies.

In 2014, Mike Baur launched Swiss Startup Factory, a company designed to help those young tech savvy innovators. The company, which Mike founded with long-time friend Max Meister, assists young entrepreneurs by providing training and mentoring services, as well as financially backing especially promising startups. By teaming up clients with successful tech company executives, chances of success for each new startup receives an unparalleled boost.

Additionally, Mike Baur takes place in a pitching competition, START Summiteer, which is hosted by participating Swiss universities. The competition provides tech startup founders an arena to discuss their companies, products, and goals. Only those with less than $1 million in backing are eligible to participate in START Summiteer and Baur joins a panel of judges who evaluate each tech startup and select one winner. While only one company can win the prize, the competition often helps several companies attract investors interested in providing funding for their startups.

Swiss Startup Factory, or SSUF, is different from most similar organizations, because it operates independently from larger corporations with agendas of their own. This means there’s less red tape and wider freedom in determining how best to ensure success for all of its clients.

Currently, Mike Baur has his hand in several pots, from working at Think Reloaded to serving on the board of directors for BV4, but his primary focus is still on SSUF. Baur devotes most of his professional time to securing financing and funding for the many startup businesses benefiting from Swiss Startup Factory’s generosity.

As it turned out, Mike Baur’s decision to leave the banking industry has had long-lasting benefits on countless new tech businesses.

 

June 5, 2017

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EricLefkofsky’s Tempus Aims to Bridge the Data Gap

Doctors are awash in data. Each new drug that comes to market is backed by dozens of clinical trials and patient studies. There is so much data that it can be difficult for medical professionals to keep up with, let alone use that data to individualize a patient’s treatment plan. One major problem facing the medical community today is not a lack of data but a way of organizing large volumes of data to enhance patient outcomes. The start-up Tempus, founded by Groupon’s Eric Lefkofsky, hopes to change that.Tempus seeks to build upon existing electronic medical record (EMR) technology which is already implemented in most practices around the country. Data can be aggregated and scrubbed of patients’ personal information, then the resultant pool of data can be used to research patterns among specific cohorts. These existing mountains of data can be mined to produce more personalized treatments plans and better outcomes.

Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus after his wife received a breast cancer diagnosis and their family was tossed into the maze of modern medicine. He hopes to ground Tempus’s methodology in oncology and then branch into neurology and other fields. The family’s involvement in medical research reaches well beyond their own lives. In addition to being a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, he and his wife also co-chair the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which supports philanthropic organizations mostly based in their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the foundation has supported grants across numerous fields including medical research, education, and the arts.

Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan, then received his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School. His career has spanned a wide range of entrepreneurial endeavors. Lefkofsky is best known as the founder and Chairman of Groupon, a hub for ecommerce. He is also a cofounder of Lightbank and Uptake Technologies, which both use data to disrupt and enhance some of largest industries in the world.

 

May 27, 2017

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Norman Pattiz and PodcastOne Network

Normal Pattiz is the Executive Chairman as well as Founder of PodcastOne. He also serves as chairman of Regent of the University of California, Los Alamos National Security Laboratories as well as Lawrence Livermore. On the other hand, he is the founder of Westwood One, and through his leadership, Westwood One became among the America’s largest radio networks and its able to provide traffic programming, news, sports entertainment and talk to the broadcast industry. The company owned, managed and distributed BCS news, CNN radio, plus March Madness, NBC radio networks, NFL Football, The Super Bowl, The summer and winter Olympic Games and NCAA Basketball. He established Courtside Entertainment Group in the year 2010 and most recently introduced PodcastOne as well as PodcastOne sale, which is the leader in national podcast marketing and sales. Mr. Pattiz has received awards such as Distinguished Education Service, Freedom of speech award, and Numerous Broadcaster Award.

 

President Clinton appointed Mr. Pattiz in the year 2000 and later President Bush reappointed him. His main responsibility and duties were to work and serve on Broadcasting Board of Governors in the United States of America. BBG tasks and responsibilities are to oversee the US non-military broadcasting service. This includes The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Middle East Broadcasting, Radio Liberty among others. Mr. Pattiz was also highly involved in the process of launching as well as conceiving radio and television services to about 22 countries of Middle East. Also, he was able to reach more than 40 million listeners weekly through the Farsi Language broadcasting to the Iran.

 

On Feb 9, 2016, Pattiz and Edison Research VP of the Strategy, Tom Webster announced the results of a comprehensive study series focusing on the results of advertising tests comprising of five major national consumer brands across service categories and five different brand products. The first pre and post-campaign brand was conducted in the last half of 2016 and led to the significant positive impact of advertising on intent to purchase, brand recall, and recall of specific messaging. On the other hand, March 1, 2017, Raven Levy, former WWE star Scott brought his infamous Raven Effect a finishing move to PodcastOne.

 

The Raven Effect focus on featuring the discussion about conspiracies, current events, pet peeves, politics and more other things that Raven thought. Mr. Pattiz acknowledged that Chris has brilliantly and clear-mastered the balance to deal with wrestling content with other different topics such as sport and music.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/podcastone-chairman-norman-pattiz-announces-launch-of-beyond-the-darkness-newest-jericho-network-program-300381157.html

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/podcastone-chairman-norman-pattiz-announces-launch-of-wwe-star-scott-levys-raven-effect-on-the-network-300416486.html

https://ideamensch.com/norman-pattiz/

 

 

March 17, 2017

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Mr. Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC Group Investment

 

Mr Hussain Sajwani is the Chairman and founder of DAMAC Group since its establishment. He studied at the University of Washington where he earned undergraduate degree majoring in Economics. He was a contracts manager at GASCO for a short period where he then established his company DAMAC which eventually became the current DAMAC Group. Mr Hussain Sajwani as the pioneer of the expansion of Dubai’s property market he has built and sold some hotels for the purpose of trade and business to accommodate the continuous growing influx of individuals to the country. Under his initiative, DAMAC Group launched a hospitality division to provide enough bespoke services to the residents in over 13,000 luxury apartments and villas hence expanding its territory.

 

As a commercial developer, DAMAC was established in the year 2002. It offers leisure and private residential in the Middle East and Dubai. The company has moved and expanded rapidly into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and North Africa hence Mr Hussain Sajwani has invested both locally and internationally. The company’s primary mission is to be a leading developer in luxury real estate and provide unique living concept as well as providing dream homes to customers in the entire world. On the other hand, the company has a desire to give customers luxury vision hence it has partnered with contractors, designers and architects to make sure it keeps its promise to the customers. To ensure that adequate developments follow in the right direction and highest standards the company has provided a perfect and conducive environment for the finest talented employees and partners. The company also ensures that it develops its projects in a prime location as well as using most and quality sophisticated building materials. The company is a UAE company associated with eye-catching stunts apartments, glitzy property developments and most recently a golf course which is a fascinating project with Donald Trump involved in it. On the other hand, Mr Hussain Sajwani together with his company has built and developed Trump International Course in Dubai giving the two investors a deep relationship in the investment and real estate sector.

Learn more:

https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/15249401-hussain-ali-habib-sajwani

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dubai-billionaire-hussein-sajwani-ready-do-more-deals-trumps-n695566

 

February 2, 2017

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Jason Hope, Arizona Native’s Philanthropic Ways Set the Standard

Jason Hope is an influential philanthropist from Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also a dedicated entrepreneur, futurist, and investor. Jason exemplified very much of his hard work and persistence while earning his Degree in Finance from Arizona State’s Carey School of Business.

In regards to Jason’s philanthropic life, he has done nothing but exceed expectations. His ability to earn and establish a good general stream of income has allowed him to donate money and time into programs and services Mr. Hope truly cares about. Over time, Jason Hope (@jasonhope) recognized how much of a focus philanthropy became for him. He now stands behind organizations that he feels are making a real and significant change, or have a good cause, such as SENS foundation.

The most important foundation that Mr. Hope has found passion for is the research done at the SENS Foundation. The SENS foundation, out of Cambridge University, has major involvement in the anti-aging field. They work hard to research ways in which humans can prevail to live not only a longer life, but a higher quality life. Instead of focusing on living forever, they focus on making one’s time here on earth the best it can possibly be.

Jason Hope takes pride in SENS ability to “thrive through innovation and challenge the modern school of thought.” By doing this, Hope feels it is the best way for us to break down the walls around things we as a human race can’t seem to control. While also being engaged in many other organizations for philanthropy, Jason Hope offers a blueprint for how you can carefully choose the best organization for you.

In the blueprint, Mr. Hope offers 4 things to do that will lead you down the right path to successfully becoming an engaged and inspired philanthropist. Discovering your passions, is the first thing Hope says that is necessary to do. Writing down your passions and seeking organizations who have the same attributes is a great way to find an organization that you will become passionate about. Determining whether you want to make a change locally or nationally is also important, and a good way to narrow your search results. Establishing how you will get involved, whether it be time, money or both, is an important part for engaging in philanthropic events. The last thing to do, is be sure you have done your research. Seek out any resources you may be able to use to your advantage.

Jason Hope, is a great icon from Scottsdale that many local’s look up to and admire. His dedication to helping others and helping move society forward has helped him grow a fan and follower base that is loyal and appreciates what he does. Jason Hope exemplifies the true meaning of what it means to help others, and we should all take a page out of his book!

For more information, contact Jason Hope via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

January 3, 2017

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