Mike Baur: The Man Improving the Swiss Startup Ecosystem

Mike Baur attended the University of Applied Science in Bern where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. Mike also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern. He started his career at UBS Fribourg in the wealth management department and worked there for nine years. Mike later moved to the company’s office in Zurich where he worked in KeyClient Group Switzerland. His career at UBS was meteoric because he was an executive board member by the time he left even. He started as an apprentice at the bank. He was hired at Clariden Leu as the Business Area head of private banking after nearly 20 years at UBS in 2008. Mike was promoted to the head of private banking in the whole of Switzerland after three years. He then joined Sallfort Privatbank as the head of private banking. He maintained the position for two years.


Mike quit his job in the banking industry to become an investor in startups in 2014. Baur has been recognized as one of the most instrumental people in the Swiss startup ecosystem in recent years. He cofounded the Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The factory is a three-month accelerator that provides startups with co-working spaces, financial investment, mentorship, and coaching. Baur is currently the Executive Chairman and oversees the fundraising rounds of the accelerator. Some of the startups that have passed through the accelerator include Car helped, Blinkers, Struckd, and Beaconsmind. Swiss Startup Factory is the top private ICT accelerator in the country today.


Baur founded the Swiss Startup Association in 2015 and is its acting director. It has been described as the voice of startups in Switzerland and seeks to improve the ecosystem so that they can thrive. It has advocated for better regulations so that it can be easier to start a startup and grow it without any obstacles. It is also marketing the startup ecosystem to the outside world so that more venture capitalists can invest in the startups.


Mike was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest early last year. The company invests in startups at different stages and organizes some events every year for startups. Baur is the Vice President of the Innovation Lab in Fribourg. The lab supports student entrepreneurs who might have ideas but lack the finances to grow it. The company ensures that these entrepreneurs get the resources that they might need through its vast network of investors and mentors.

Capital Group Makes Outstanding Choice for New Chairman

Capital Group is a leading investment management firm with most of its funds in equity mutual, they over sees $1.25 trillion for clients. It is one of the world’s leading firms. It was founded in 1931 by Jonathan Bell Lovelace. They are most known for the way they handle accounts. They run on a multiple manager system. This system divides each client’s asset funds amongst a number of different investors who pick what stocks and bonds to invest in based on their own research.

Timothy Armour was named the chairman of Capital Group on July 28th, 2015. He has been with Capital Group for 32 years working in all different departments of the firm. Timothy Armour received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont and shortly after graduation is when he became part of the firm through their Associates Program in 1983. He has proven himself over and over again making him one of the most valuable investors. Tim believes that when it comes to investing you should find active managers who earn their keep. You are able to do this by learning the details about the company and comparing them to the possibilities of where the future for that industry is going.

For more information on Timothy Armour, view his business profile.

When the market crashed in September 2015 Timothy Armour believes that is largely in part to the fact that China is responsible for 15% of the world’s GDP. This makes them a great influence e on many developed countries. When China decided to suddenly devalue its currency is when these developed countries experienced this down turn and had to come to the realization that they were going to face a decline in export activities. They are able to offset this even with lower oil prices, lower commodity and lower interest rates, which should provide them with a boost in finances globally.

According to Janet Yang, much of Capital Group’s success is because of Timothy. She believes it is his ability to “peer into the future” that has brought him this success. He is able to look at the future needs and demands of businesses and employees to better understand where the market is going and what investments are best for each individual. Timothy has the ability to understand many different aspects of firms and employees when looking into future investments. Capital Group is an excellent firm for anyone looking to invest with one of their many talented members.

Related: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-28/capital-group-names-armour-chairman-to-succeed-james-rothenberg


Doe Deere, Lime Crime, & The Future

Have you ever heard of a company/brand named Lime Crime? If so, did you know that this is one of the top brands on the market today? That’s right! Lime Crime is on another level especially when it comes to success and safety. These products are animal cruelty-free as well as certified vegan. That right there has set the brand apart from it’s competitors but this exclusive brand has way more to offer. Founder Doe Deere built this brand from the ground up, but it actually started as a combination of fashion/make-up. In 2004 Doe Deere opened up her independent business online. She worked hard by sewing the clothes as well as modeling the products. After some extensive reconsideration, Doe Deere reinvented the brand and gave it a much better identity. The inception of Lime Crime came into fruition back in 2008 and it jumped out with a successful start. People just couldn’t get enough of this rebellious sense of style and the vivid color options were astounding.


The firm grip of MAC, Maybelline, and L’Oréal as well as Cover Girl had finally been broken by a fresh faced up and coming brand. Lime Crime’s Liquid Matte Lipsticks stand out and has the benefits of being touch proof, kiss proof, lasts for hours, and easy to use as they glide on with silky smooth grace. Check out some of the colors below:


  • Rusted
  • Sasha-Toasted-Rose
  • Red Rose
  • Wicked-Blood-Red
  • Saint
  • Alien
  • Jinx-Dark-Purple
  • Olive Green
  • Rave-Purple-Neon
  • Cement Gray
  • Tea Cup Blue
  • And many more


The names alone are interesting and fun, but just imagine how they would make you look if you haven’t tried them. Doe Deere has created a monster (in-a-sense). She and her team of executives consistently brainstorm for new ideas and when she comes up with a color herself, it’s tested and then used by her before ever hitting the market. If the product does turn out the way it was thought to be, it is then scrapped and backed to the drawing board. Doe Deere won’t put out a product if she feels that it won’t represent the brand well. This level of awareness is another reason why Lime Crime is so successful as well. Doe Deere, Lime Crime, and The Future of cosmetics is looking mighty bright for years to come.


Squaw Valley Sees Success In Water Supply Battle

The historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort has always been at the forefront of the latest improvements made to give their guests the best possible stay throughout the year. One area Squaw Valley has always been a leader has been in providing the safest and most secure stay possible for their guests, in the Summer of 2016 this dedication to safety led to an upgrade of the well water supply system that has proven its worth following a groundwater contamination scare that struck the resort following unexpected rainfall levels.

Squaw Valley officials were among those using well water who were shocked by an October rainfall event that has led to bacterial contamination being found in many water supplies across Placer County. Officials at the resort On Wikipedia.org quickly identified traces of E. Coli and Coliform in four wells supplying water to the Upper Mountain area that led to an immediate shutdown of the water supplies across this area of the mountain; in a bid to make sure all guests and employees at the resort were safe Squaw Valley called in Placer County Environmental Health officials and independent experts to help return the water supplies to normal as quickly as possible. http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Squaw-Valley-USA/6day/mid

The Upper Mountain region of Squaw Valley remains open for skiing, but restaurants are closed and complimentary bottled water is being made available for those using the slopes to keep them safe from the contaminated water. Over the course of the last months of 2016 Squaw Valley have released a statement on Weather explaining they are winning the battle to remove the contaminated water from the four wells and were pleased to announce no health problems had been detected among guests in the aftermath of the contamination; another area of success has been the fact E. Coli is no longer found in three of the four infected wells and lower levels of Coliform have already been recorded in the same water supplies.

Billy McFarland And The Success Syndrome

In the real world, success is measured by results. You either produce or you don’t. Billy McFarland has been producing since he was in his teens, as he started his first business when he was only 13 years old. This was a home business where he successfully found customers for a local business.

As a college freshman, he began a business that rearranged company URLs into a graphic which helped a business market the company’s brand more easily. That business is still in existence and McFarland is the CEO.

According to Business Insider, in New York City, Billy McFarland incubated Magnises which is a program for millennials offering them attractive discounts and perks at many of their favorite places where hangout. Restaurants, clubs, bars, events, travel, and special occasions all qualify, as long as the business participates.

For the reasonable annual membership fee of $250, the member gets the discount and in many instances a few perks along the way. It is not out of the ordinary to receive a complimentary bottle of wine at a restaurant, for example.

Magnises makes available the Black Card, which facilitates the entire process. The information on the member’s debit or credit card is copied onto the Black Card; then the Black Card is used to pay the bill at the member business establishment, with the discount applied automatically.

The ease of using the Black Card and the fact that millennials will meet for the slightest of reasons, and has caused the membership swell to gigantic proportions. By the end of 2015, membership has passed 10,000 has shown no signs of slowing down.

A recent additional investment of $3 million from a venture capitalist has caused McFarland to consider expansion. Targets locations include Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and London. The current business model works well, and McFarland thinks it will work as well in these other cities.

The demographic of young professionals, entrepreneurs, and management types are thick in other cities as well, and Mcfarland does not want to miss a golden opportunity. Millennials in these other cities have heard of Magnises and they are anxious to join the club.

The future appears to be in the hands of McFarland and his managers, they can’t wait for the expansion to take place. It will be a success if Billy McFarland has anything to do with it.

Town Residential Continues to Grow

When Town Residential first started out, they were only a startup real estate company in New York City. It was not expected that they would last long because most real estate companies in New York City do not last for a long time because of the tough market that they are a part of.


Town Residential broke down boundaries and they were able to be very successful. They teamed up with developers in the area so that they would have the first look at great new buildings for their clients to live in. They wanted to make sure that they were doing the most for their clients and this meant that they needed to work well with developers who were a part of the business that they were already in and were already trying to make a name for themselves in with their real estate work.


When Town Residential first got their start, they knew that they wanted to work with New York City’s elite. They made connections with clients who they knew would want luxury options in the buildings that they lived in. They promised them some of the best real estate in the city and they were able to add them to their list of people who they had done a great job for. This was a crucial part of their plan for success in the industry that they are in. This has made a big difference for the way that things work within the company and has allowed them the chance to move forward with their business.


Since they have only been in business for three years, they have not had a lot of time to grow as a company in terms of years. It has made a difference in the different things that they did and has caused them the chance to make things better for their business. It has also afforded them the opportunity to see what it is like to truly be a successful startup in New York City. They have made a big difference with the company that they have and this has been a great help for improving business.


With clients all over the New York City area, Town Residential recognized a need to be able to reach them even if they were in different areas. The company wanted to make sure that their clients were doing the most for their business and that they were always working for them. This has given them the chance to move forward with their business and has also afforded them the chance to do more for their clients. Their tenth office is the biggest yet and is slated to be the highest grossing office that they have.


George Soros has lived a wonderful life

George Soros has lived quite the life. He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930 to a Jewish family. He endured a difficult childhood, as he constantly ran up against fascists and their far right wing, anti-Semitic allies. When World War II broke out, and the Germans invaded Hungary, Soros and his family went underground and disguised themselves as gentiles. To be Jewish in those days meant to be marked for mass killing.

Soros’ father accomplished this by obtaining forged documents to give the family new identities. After the Germans were defeated and World War II came to a close, the trials and tribulations continued on politico.com. The Soros family found themselves on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. Their country, Hungary, came under Soviet domination and was dictatorially ruled by the country’s Communist party.

Soros found a way out when he immigrated to London, England to attend college. He studied at the famed London School of Economics where he soon discovered what would bring him fame and quite a good deal of fortune: financial markets. Soros had an uncanny feel for currency trading. After the London School of Economics, Soros was off to New York, where, starting in 1956, he worked on Wall Street. He was also able to bring over his parents to the United States, freeing them from Communism.

Today, years later, the financial markets have transformed him into a very wealthy man, indeed. He currently stands in 35th place in Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world. He’s a billionaire many times over.

Read more: Glenn Beck’s Ridiculous Misreading of George Soros Might Not Be As Inappropriate As Busting a 14-Year-Old’s Balls for How He Behaved During the Holocaust, But It Still Sets Back the Cause of Human Understanding

But Soros has never forgotten his humble roots. He donates large portions of his wealth every year to fund civil society in authoritarian countries. Some commentators even contend that Soros did more than any other single individual to bring about the downfall of Communism, which happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Today, Soros has cast his focus onto Burma, am Asian country living under a harsh dictatorship. He’s also given generously to Democratic and liberal groups in the United States. Moreover, he’s inserted himself into politics by helping fund John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign against George W Bush, and Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign against John McCain. See: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/democrats-soros-trump-231313

This has brought on the ire of the conservative faction in American politics. Fox News, the U.S.’s largest right wing media outlet, has devoted specials to George Soros, where they’ve slandered him. But George Soros remains unfazed. The Fox News media personality that has led the charge is Glenn Beck. He’s jarringly taken Soros’ support of democratic revolutions against dictatorships in Eastern Europe to mean that Soros’ wants to bring about a revolution in the United States. Beck’s critics contend that this is anti-Semitism. Beck twists around Soros’ words and takes them out of context.

Many people see Beck not as a newsman but as an entertainer on project-syndicate.org. They say, consequently, that he’s not bound to serious journalistic convention of fairness and accuracy. But his words remain extremely irresponsible.

David Osio Giving The Power To Clients

There are many things that have big impacts when looking into investments. You have to check the nature of the market and forecast what is going to happen in the future. along with that, there needs to be some research into the company or thing that you are considering to fund. This leaves many angles to cover and gives a lot of work for someone to accomplish. This is especially the case when we look at the real estate market and the many things that can affect its condition. For example, the condition of the area where the property is located, the loan market, and people’s general income all play big factors into how much a property can be worth.

Since there are so many different factors within this market it is nice for investors to know as much information as they can about what is going on. That is where David Osio and the Davos Real Estate Group come into play. The group has made ground-breaking movements to make sure to supply their clients with the latest information, allowing them to make fast educated decisions within the market. They have started to be able to do this in real time with the new product the company has been working on. This new thing is called the Davos CAP Calculator and is a new app for the company’s customers. David Osio and his executive team have been working hard on the app for quite a while to make sure it delivers successful information to their clients. The apps function is to be able to inform the group’s clients on the value of properties in real time. Clients will be able to enter a property that they are interested in and the app will be able to calculate the estimated profit that the property will deliver over time.

This app gives clients an unparalleled service by giving them the power to see the exact worth of properties. It shows them why the property is so valuable and gives fast answers to their questions so they can see prospective investments for the future. These kinds of successful projects by David Osio and his team are why Davos Real Estate Group has had so much success.

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Norka Luque’s musical journey- exciting and inspiring

The primary role of musicians is to compose and release songs that influence people’s ideas about life. The songs should bring clarity about living and energetic vibes in any situation. Norka Luque is a Venezuelan musician who has been at the forefront of delivering positive messages to her fans across the world. The quality in her songs and her world-class performance have solicited attention from veteran musicians in the worldwide music industry. Many experienced musicians have proceeded to do a remix of her hits.

NorkaLuque nurtured her voice from a very young age. With total support from her parents, she started training music by joining voice practice, piano, ballet, and flamenco lessons. She successfully split her time between musical training classes and a tight schedule in school. At high school education, she became part for major music competitions where she earned many awards. Norka went forth to pursue her undergraduate degree in France. She attained a degree in marketing, fashion, and culinary arts. Throughout her college life, she was engaged in several bands that kept her love for music alive.

When studying in France, she joined a small group and sung alongside a band. She, unfortunately, did not experience a break in her music career. Her break came a few years later at the Ricky Martin concert. She envisioned herself with Ricky at that gig. From that time on, she knew that music was her lifelong passion and dream and that she had to pursue it. Anyone that has heard Norka Luque’s music knows one thing; she is a true superstar. Although she sings quite well, she has not been recognized for her raw talent in the international music industry.

Norka Luque then moved to Miami, a prime location where young and talented individuals can be nurtured. The magic in her voice saw her reputation grow and word about her go far and beyond. The word got to Emilio Estefan, and he called her to hear he sing. It was only with a single song for Emilio to offer her a recording deal. Estefan called Archie Pena to assist with the production. The rest of the story is fantastic and is still evolving. As a bright start with an impressive Latino following, Norka Luque continues to grow her music in the United States and other parts of the world. To her the word impossible does not exist, she continues to sing even in the face of multiple challenges.

Why Switch to Gooee Lighting

Having smarter lighting options in your home can be a lot more beneficial than you think. The reason for this is because a lot of people are having issues with their electricity bill and finding that it is simply too expensive for their current budget. This is why it might be a good idea for you to choose Gooee as an option for you and your loved ones. Gooee is one of the best options out there because it enables you to have better control over the lights in your home either by switching them on and off from your smartphone device or even by simply looking into allowing them to turn on and off if the lights in the room are already on.


Lots of people have been deciding on Gooee because of how successful this amazing company has been and the fact that it enables them to feel confident in terms of the type of options they have when it comes to their lighting. One of the first things that you are going to want to do is to check out Gooee for yourself and see if this is a great option for you as it has been for so many other individuals. You’ll find that by switching to Smart lighting or any other option that is specific to helping you save money, you are going to save a lot of money on your electricity bill each and every month so that it is more affordable for you and your family as well as more convenient for the entire house.