Renowned businessman and entrepreneur Mike Baur was raised in Switzerland, Freiburg. He holds a business degree from both the University of Rochester and Bern University. His banking career kick-started at 16 years of age, and he has acquired valuable skills, building a great impression of himself. He has been a major inspiration in the business world.
In 1991, Mike joined the Union Bank of Switzerland as an apprentice. He got the opportunity to meet the hiring manager who showed him the paths to maneuver through in the UBS career. It took the double effort of acquired advice and his untiring determination to get him to where he is today.
Mike Baur co-established the Swiss Startup Factory with his two associates, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.He also serves as a managing partner in the company. Prior to his service at Swiss Startup Factory, Mike had an outstanding 20 years in the industry thereby rendering him as a valuable asset to the initiative. Among the major banks he worked for include the Clariden Leu and UBS which he later quit to establish his company. After Baur quit the banking industry, he focused on funding Startup companies and growing them to greater heights.
Mike Baur has earned himself vast titles throughout his career journey. He got the coveted privilege of being part of the START Summiteer jury members, a University of St Gallen’s start-up pitching contest. In January 2016, Mike was made the deputy managing director after Swiss Startup joined CTI to form CTI Invest. In early 2016, Mike chaperoned Swiss Startup Factory through the accelerator program which was associated with the Goldback Group. It is in this year that the company also made partnerships with Fintech Fusion.
In 2008, Mike Baur switched lanes from working at UBS despite his hard-earned success. After quitting UBS, he was employed at Clariden Leu where he worked for about six years securing high-rank positions. By 2014, he had already made up his mind to focus on growing high tech entrepreneurs. This was due to his exposure to the post-recession banking work conditions which had seemed less appealing.
Mike says that the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is unique compared to most incubators by the fact that it is independent and is not chained to any political or business organization, giving it the free will to operate on its terms. The initiative is also at a greater advantage thanks to its leaders’ financial commitments which has put the company into a better position of getting desirable results. With this in mind, every person in the organization has an assurance of their individual success. Baur also remarks that growing businesses require the willingness to push hard for any progress to be realized.
Swiss Startup Factory also encourages tech startups to get involved with pitching contests. Mike once participated as a juror in the 2014 contest with the competitions being held at a Swiss University. During this event, 30 founders of new enterprises get the opportunity to address the public about their plans, business models, and products. The foundation offers support to firms that are incapable of raising a starting capital of over $1 million. The companies that show genuine determination consequently bag home substantial investments.
It takes a brave soul to criticize capitalism and the laisse-faire economy that so many Americans revere. That is just what George Soros has done in his writing, speaking, and financial political activism.
In an extremely thoughtful and insightful article which Soros wrote for The Atlantic, he explains his beliefs on wealth distribution. With swift sentences that take the reader on a journey inwards, away from the loud obstructive noise about capitalism that we are bombarded with daily. He introduces questions that we all need to ask ourselves: do we like the way the economy is structured? Is it working? Is the way wealth is distrubuted now really serving our society as a whole? If more government intervention would help, would it be worth it?
Soros makes the point that out culture has adamantly supported the laissez-faire economy structure for the last century, and that the economic structure has run parallel to social Darwinism. This means that the “cream rises to the top”, and the smart, business savvy people who have the best morals and work ethics will make it, while lazy or unskilled people will fail. We have adopted this subconscious viewpoint because of the intellectual and cultural stew we live in. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
Soros says what if there is a different way? What if we don’t have to think like that any more? One of the main flaws in these views is it links capitalism with survival of the fittest, which is a false association. It fails to take into account the way money is actually shared and used. Soros states, “The argument is undercut by the fact that wealth is passed on by inheritance, and the second generation is rarely as fit as the first”.
Soros has used his insight into the economy and politics to amass a multi-billion dollar fortune. He understands world markets, economic theory, and the political stage, all of which makes him an excellent trader. He is well into his eighties and yet as of 2016 was still actively trading in the financial arena.
George Soros uses his wealth in order to bring to fruition his ideals regarding politics and society. He has, for quite some time, supported the ideal of an “open society”. Soros explained to The Atlantic readers that the term open society was first used in 1932 by a writer Henri Bergson. Soros says that the term is still relevant today, although it must be re-imagined in order to apply to the modern world. Read his profile at Forbes.
The funds that Soros generously supports align with his vision of an open society. He has given millions to foundations across Europe in support of his mission, after the collapse of communism. In recent years, he has supported American liberal political campaigns. His gifts include $7 million dollars in donation to Priorities USA Action, $2 million dollars for the PAC American Bridge 21st Century, and $5 million dollars to a group called “Immigrant Voters Win”. His political actions back his words regarding the open society which he envisions.
Today, many women have climbed the corporate ladder and succeeded in their various careers and businesses. At least they are well represented regarding company leadership. You will find a good number of women at the decision-making level. They are also paid as much as their male counterparts unlike in the past when there was payment inequality.
However, we still have some who are not aware of what to do to make it in the corporate world. Fortunately, the government and some non-governmental organizations have come up out to help eradicate the drawbacks that are still holding back such women. All the same, some strong women out there are very efficient concerning leadership and are ready to deal with the problem directly. They have gone a step ahead in the corporate organizations, companies and even in their business ventures.
The business world was once a reserve for the men. However, today women such as Susan McGalla have also ventured into it, and they are making significant differences. These women are now role models to the other women as they are also assisting them to gain success too. They have portrayed excellent management skills and qualities like networking and trustworthiness.
As a successful businessperson, Susan McGalla understands how to get to the top leadership positions and how to stay at the top. According to McGalla, it is mandatory to have passion, confidence, hard work, and determination to achieve a desirable outcome. She believes that one has to work to accomplish. She knew from the start that she had in her what it takes to make it in life, and therefore she had to make her dreams come true.
Susan McGalla is the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She also founded P3 Executive Consulting. She is widely knowledgeable in the field of retail and clothing. She has greatly influenced notable finance personalities that want more understanding in matters pertaining talent management, marketing, branding, product merchandising,etc.
From 1986 to 1994, McGalla worked at Joseph Horne Company. She then moved to American Eagle Outfitters. Here she became the President and Chief Merchandizing Officer of the entire company owing to her strict work ethics. McGalla later resigned and ventured into private consultation for retail industries and financial investment. She became the CEO of West Seal for a while before leaving and becoming a consulting expert.