Mike Baur is a serial entrepreneur, investor, speaker, author, and startup enthusiast based in Switzerland. He has worked in the banking industry for over two decades, which has enabled him to gain extensive experience in the field of business management, banking, finance, operation management, business development, recruitment and staffing, and more. After working for over twenty years in the banking industry, Mike felt the need to move on to accept greater challenges and fulfill his dream to become an entrepreneur. With this in mind, he started Swiss Star Up Factory with two of like-minded entrepreneurs, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
Before starting as an entrepreneur, Mike Baur worked with leading banking organizations such as UBS and Clariden Leu. As a serial investor, he has invested financially in many of the Swiss Start-up companies over the years and continues to lookout for new ventures. Mike Baur participated as one of the jury members at the highly significant START Summit, which is a pitching contest for new start-up ventures, organized by the University of St. Gallen. He also serves as the Deputy Managing Director of the leading venture capital firm CTI Invest, which partnered with his organization Swiss Start-Up Factory in 2016. The accelerator program of Swiss Startup Factory was headed by Mike Baur in collaboration with the Goldbach Group and Fintech Fusion in the year 2016.
Due to the various entrepreneur ventures, he has invested in and his significant contributing role in boosting the entrepreneurship in Switzerland, he was even featured in Wall Street Journal. He is the owner of Think Reloaded AG, co-founder at Swiss Startup Association, Vice President at Innovation Lab Fribourg and deputy managing director at Swiss Startup Invest. He started his career after completing his academics as a commercial intern in one of the leading Swiss Bank. In a very short period after he joined as a commercial apprentice, he climbed the ladder of success to become the head of private banking at one of the leading business organization.
Mike Baur did Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences Bern and went on to pursue Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He further did an executive MBA from the Universitat Bern to add to his skill set. He is one of the leading and most sought after speakers in Switzerland today in the field of entrepreneurship and has helped many of the startup ventures to achieve success in their respective fields.
MIT’s chemistry department celebrated Scott Rocklage and his wife, Patty Rocklage. This celebration follows the couples’ contributions that enabled the renovation of the department’s nanochemistry and nanotechnology lab space in Building 2. Lester Wolfe’s Professor of Chemistry, Moungi Bawendi, heads the lab.
For Scott, the donation was part of his appreciation for being an alumnus of MIT. He says that the quality of education that he received at the firm gave him a strong foundation in his professional life and career. Rocklage received his PhD from the MIT. He was one the students who studied at the chemistry department under the supervision of Professor Richard R. Schrock, a Nobel Prizewinner in Chemistry. Scott made the donations in partnership with his wife.
Scott and Patty took a tour of the renovated lab space with Professor Bawendi. After the tour, Bawendi, his two graduate students, Bawendi group members, and the faculty gathered in the lab’s vestibule where they unveiled a plaque honoring the Rocklages. Prof Moungi Bawendi, department head Timothy Jamison, and former department head Sylvia Ceyer paid tributes to the scientist and his wife. Scott thanked everyone in attendance. He said that he was honored to be recognized for his contribution to the institution.
About Scott Rocklage
Scott Rocklage is an entrepreneur and an expert in chemistry. He joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 as a venture partner. The company promoted him to serve as the managing partner in 2004. Dr. Rocklage is experienced in healthcare management. He has overseen FDA’s approval of Omniscan, Teslascan, and Cubicin.
The executive leader has also served in other firms. Previously, he worked for Cubist Pharmaceuticals as the chairman and chief executive officer. At Nycomed Salutar, Scott served as the president and CEO. The scientist was Relypsa’s board chairman. Presently, Dr. Rocklage is the chairman of the boards of Novira, Rennovia, Cidara, Kinestral, Pulmatrix and Pirus.
Dr. Scott Rocklage has a sound educational background. He pursued his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the prestigious MIT. Scott has over 30 US patents in his name with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Bob Reina is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Talk Fusion. Talk Fusion is a video marketing company that is used by businesses around the world as a video communication product that enhances their marketing efforts in ways that haven’t been seen before. He recently wrote an article on MarTech Advisor which is his second in the past year.
The article that Bob Reina wrote, “Video Advertising Trends of 2016″ shows the role that on-trend video styles and techniques can play when introducing an effective marketing campaign. Reina was asked to write the article by the editors of MarTech Advisors which is one of the most read publications intended for Chief Marketing Officers.
Talk Fusion’s main product is an all-in-one video marketing solution which Reina targets towards IT professionals and marketing leadership. He can stand on the products increasing trending and marketing analysis of how quickly the app is being adopted as a way to sell the product. One industry expert has described Talk Fusion as not just a beneficial way to increase the reach of marketing but is really an advertiser’s most valuable asset.
Reina has commented that his first product in 2004, Video Email, gave him foresight into online videos potential as a marketing medium. He decided to write his second article for MarTech Advisor as a way to show not only how to use online video as part of a marketing effort but why it should be used. Bob Reina has also written articles for The Huffington Post about his company and its products.
There are a number of key concepts developed into Talk Fusion. The first is that it is easy to use and requires no experience to use its drag and drop interface. Another feature is that it is fast and affordable where emails and live videos can be quickly created that are eye-catching and accessible. In addition to giving advertisers the ability to easily create communications that will capture their audience’s attention, the Talk Fusion app gives them the ability to allow viewers to quickly take action and engage with the advertised business.
Doug Levitt once traveled the world as a correspondent for major news networks such as ABC and NBC. He traded that life with a differing viewpoint that allows the world to see and feel the stories of the downtrodden of the United States. His efforts began with a ticket for a ride on a Greyhound bus and his subconscious need to tell his story.
Levitt’s father, a Washington, D.C. council-member, committed suicide when Doug was a mere 16-years-old. That experience catapulted him into the world of music, a place where he could express his inner turmoil. When Levitt made the decisions to leave his correspondence position, he traveled back to the United States.
The need he felt to share his story with others, in hope of helping them, led to the Greyhound Diaries. The beginning of this journey started with a bus ticket because he believed that only people who were most down on their luck would ride a bus. His assumption was on target and he met countless people who had a story that helped him rather than the reverse.
Levitt has been riding the bus for the better part of a decade and covered an estimated 100,000 miles. He shares his stories on tours and giving life to the stories of those searching for a better life. Those stories are now songs, photographs and writings for the sake of posterity.
The idea for the Greyhound Diaries came to him when he realized that the circumstances in the country drove people to things they wouldn’t normally do. For instance, people who would have travelled via airplane might now be found on a bus due to the financial crisis that began a decade ago. He wanted to make a positive impact on the world, and indeed, he has.
He has taken 20,000 photos and spoken at numerous venues to include the Kennedy Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Perhaps one of the most giving gestures are the number of times he has spoken at homeless shelters; which gives the most unfortunate people hope.
Doug Levitt education at Cornell University eventually led to a Fulbright scholarship to attend the London School of Economics where he earned a Master of International Relations. His time spent at these schools prepared him for a career in correspondence, but he could not have known that it would eventually lead to the most meaningful leg of his career as a hopeful voice for those feeling hopeless.
The intriguing area of technology, plus the trendy area of fashion, from the genesis of their beginning, are two areas of inventiveness that have seen many changes. Both of these fascinating areas have evolved next to each another. In the span of the technically innovative 1970’s, a new machine started to become popular. It was a novel creation – a hi-tech item for spreading music, recognized by the colloquial name “boom box.” Patrons were immediately drawn to this new invention as it allowed the user to have a transportable item with which to bring music easily to others, and in addition to make the music very mobile. This gave the consumer the opportunity to carry their music out to a party or perhaps while on a stroll inside their neighborhood. When the 1980’s rolled around, the gadget became repeatedly displayed in broadcasts television and within theaters, in conjunction with dancers and their trendy new styles. Into the next decade, the 1990’s, there was a massive advancement to where the gadget was now small enough to be secured to a belt, privately experienced with personal headphones. Within only ten years, the gadget had condensed even more in size, no longer required moving parts, and now could be carried inside of a pocket. Most patrons know this development in the gadget’s size was frankly influenced by fashion.
Customers can see now that innovative technology is being connected to fashion in a variety of ways. Many creators of fashion have fashioned outfits that are intended to look after the wearer and be stylish at the same time. An excellent example of a pairing of technology with fashion is the use of an airbag worn on the user’s neck. This airbag construction blended with a garment is useable by an owner when riding their bike; should the rider fall from the bike, it inflates and their neck is protected.
Gadgets that are combined with fashion and technology are the source of revenue for CEO and builder of Burch Creative Capital, Mr. Chris Burch. Chris is a supporter of a number of enterprises that mix fashion and technology. Mr. Burch is a well established “power brander.”
He makes use of his history of promotions and branding by expanding a variety of garments, mixed with technology. Chris made Eagle’s Eye from a $2,000 fund, growing to a $165 million enterprise.
Are you in need of plumbing services? Do you live in or near Tucson, Arizona? Have you ever heard of Sunny Plumber? Plumbing issues can range from very small to extremely large. A leaky pipe may not seen like much in the beginning, but all that extra water is going somewhere and is causing some kind of damage. In this case, what you don’t see can hurt you especially in the wallet.
Sunny Plumber does it all from handling the smallest of leaks, to taking care the biggest of problems. You won’t find another more productive, well rounded, and highly trained team than this. This team is made up of trained technicians who have in-depth knowledge in the topic at hand. The success of the company didn’t come by chance either, but more so from a solid educational background. Sunny Plumber provides services for residential or commercial dwellings. No size is too small or is too big here.
Drains, sinks, tubs, waterlines, gas lines, water heaters, pipes, and installations are all handled here. Being fully bonded and insured actually guarantees you of the very best of plumbing services. Sunny Plumber epitomizes 21st Century plumbing services and that’s a fact.
There was a time when it was thought that HIV would be the menace of the 21st century, then, scientists found ways to manage it and suppress the infection, even before cancer. Today, cancer is still one of the leading causes of death and the fact that a new type of cancer seems to get discovered every few days does not make things any better. There are many scientists who have dedicated their lives towards making sure that cancer is managed within the century. One of these scientists is Clay Siegall. Twenty years ago, he started a company by the name of Seattle Genetics hoping that he could get a cure for the problem. Two decades later, he has achieved quite a commendable level of success in what he set out to do.
Clay Siegall had worked in the biotechnology sector for very many years before he started his own company. He had always been passionate about getting treatments and therapies that could help with the treatment of cancer. When he started Seattle Genetics, he put together a team of the people he thought were the best suited to help with the laboratory research. The success of the team was realized when their first treatment for the menace was approved by the FDA. Currently, the medicine is on sale in many countries and the sales are predicted to rise to new levels this year. The success of the company is also the reason it has been listed on NASDAQ, and the company is still trying many new and better treatments for different types of lymphomas.
The sales of the first drug that he has approved hit the quarter of a million dollars mark last year and the company hopes that this year, they will make even better sales. The drug is now retailing in more than 60 countries which shows how effective many medical practitioners around the world have found it. The long term goal of the company is making sure that all the other 12 treatments that are still in the clinical stage get approved and that they achieve even better results in the treatment of cancer.
These days, it is important for businesses to spread awareness about a product. People are not going to shop at or buy from a business they know nothing about. Even if they know that the business exists, they are not going to be that likely to visit the company if they don’t know hardly anything about it. This is why advertising is very important. People need to find a way to get people aware of the company. This is why they pay for spots so that people will see the advertising posted about the company so that they will know that it exists.
There is more to advertising than just telling people about the company and some of the products that it offers. People need to be told why they should buy the products from this [articular company. This is where Jose Borghi comes in. He is not only able to use different media to tell people about a company or a service, but also creative enough to talk people into buying the product. One of the reasons that creativity is important to an advertising campaign is that it communicates to the user that the business believes enough in the product to put a lot of thought and energy into the advertising campaign for the product.
One thing that is understood is that business owners rarely have time to do the advertising for themselves. This is one of the reasons that ad agencies are available. They can go to people like Jose Borghi and allow him to deal with the creative aspects of business which include advertising the company and the product. When the business and the company gets an effective advertising campaign. then they will see their sales increase when it comes to the items or services they are promoting.
With a good plan for advertising, people will be able to make a lot of sales to their business so that they will be able to put their profits towards something else. For one thing, Jose Borghi makes it possible for their clients to expand and offer new products and services for their customers. They will also attract new customers from their audience.
Nexbank Capital Inc. is a privately owned financial services provider involved in banking and financial services. Recently, NexBank Capital raised additional capital through unsecured senior notes, realizing a total of $155 million. The private placement was hugely successful and the notes oversubscribed. The notes are stable attracting a BBB investment rating from the Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The elements of the offering include a five-year 5.5% fixed rate interest and subsequently a floating rate.
Speaking at the announcement, the CEO and President of NexBank Capital, John Holt, reiterated that the recognition of the senior notes from the rating agency is a testament to their strong position in the market. The oversubscribed state of the placement demonstrates investor confidence in NexBank to succeed and deliver long-term benefits. Sandler O’Neill & Partners advised the offering, and the unsecured notes would require registration before being used for trading.
NexBank’s business success was validated by the extensive institutional support the placement enjoyed. The capital is intended to go towards clearing cumulated obligations, operational business growth, and strategic future capital investments. NexBank Capital achieved a 71% year-on-year growth rate in 2016 in total assets and over $83 million in net income the same year.
NexBank Capital is a subsidiary of NexBank SSB, a financial and banking services provider founded in 1922 and based in Dallas, TX. NexBank Capital has operations in commercial banking, investment and mortgage banking, and institutional financial services. Its major clients include financial institutions, corporate and institution-based customers, real estate investors, brokerages and small and medium enterprises. NexBank SSB was previously known as Heritage Bank with the name change taking place in 2005.
NexBank Capital has realized tremendous growth with John Holt as CEO and President. It has expanded its operations with over $4 billion in assets to date to become one of the largest banks in Dallas, TX. In 2014, Bank Director recognized NexBank Capital’s rapid growth in core deposits ranking at number one in the second quarter of the same year. In addition, The Independent Banker ranked NexBank SSB at number five on its list of the community banks with more than $1 billion in assets.
Adam Milstein was interviewed by Ideamensch not long ago to share ideas with young entrepreneurs on how they could succeed in real estate. He’s a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment firm he co-founded years ago along with David Hager that owns and leases many properties across California, Illinois and Texas. He’s also the founder of the Milstein Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that gives back to the Jewish American and emphasizes three pillars of active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. Along with the foundation he’s co-founded Hebrew learning program Sifriyat Pijama B’America.
Adam Milstein told Ideamensch that the idea for Hager Pacific Properties came to him while he was attending graduate school and determined none of the other jobs being offered to him compensated him properly. He and his friend David Hager, who he has mentioned as the most influential person in his life decided to enter commercial real estate brokering and in time they acquired enough assets to start an independent venture. Milstein says he never fully knows just what his day is going to consist of, but says that more structure comes from accumulating assets and being involved in philanthropy. But he also says you have to be willing to do much of the work yourself in the business and have patience because it takes time to make profits in real estate.
Prior to founding Hager Pacific Properties Adam Milstein worked alongside his father in the building framing trade in Israel. His family had moved to Israel from Latin America back in 1948 and Adam is the oldest of three sons. He served in the military during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and was in Ariel Sharon’s unit that invaded Egypt. He married Gila Elgrably upon returning from the war and also attended the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology. Three years after completing his bachelor’s degree at the Technion he relocated his family to the US and received his MBA from USC. In addition to founding Hager Pacific Properties and the Milstein Foundation, Adam Milstein is also Chairman of the Israeli-American Council and is on the boards of AIPAC, StandWithUs, Jerusalem U, Birthright Israel and many other groups.