Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and managing partner and co-founder of business incubator Swiss Startup Factory. He started the company with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. The company which was founded in 2014 provides mentoring, financing, office space and a wide range of other services to early stage startups. Plus they provide them with access to a vast investor and entrepreneurial network which offers them the opportunity to grow their business. The basis of the Swiss Startup Factory is a three month program during which the startups are placed in a collaborative work environment and provided with expert input sessions, mentoring sessions and expert pitch training.
Two batches of the most talented startups are selected to participate in the business accelerators offered by the Swiss Startup Factory each year. One group is chosen in January and the other in September. The startups selected are given the support they need to learn the skills necessary to build their company and reach ambitious milestones set forth by SSUF team. The team helps the startup to become a legal entity and carve out a lucrative niche. Each startup that completes the program is provided with 5-months of post-accelerator support to help them improve their product and expand their network. Swiss Startup Factory is now Switzerland’s number one rated business incubator and accelerator.
A graduate of the University of Applied Science Bern, Universität Bern and the University of Rochester, Mike Baur has a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance, an M.B.A. and an Executive Master of Business Administration. He also has more than 20 years experience working in banking. He’s worked with Clariden Leu, Sallfort Privatbank AG, UBS Fribourg, UBS Wealth Management and several other financial institutions. This left him highly skilled and very knowledgeable of private banking, asset management, portfolio management, wealth management, investment banking, investment strategy and equities.
Baur then left banking and became involved in helping fledgling companies find their way. Since then he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory, become founder and managing partner of Think Reloaded AG, and CTI Invest’s deputy managing director. Baur has also led SSF through collaborations with Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion. He’s also co-founder and director of Swiss Startup Association. In September 2015 Baur became vice president of Innovation Lab Fribourg, a company helping student entrepreneurs to take new technologies into the marketplace. In 2016 Mike Baur was voted one of the Swiss Movers and Shakers.
Gaining a media stage is a great way to gain market influence, and this is what Kyle Bass did by short-selling his sub-prime lending holdings during the 2008 financial crisis. Bass sold at the right time, predicting market collapse when few others did. He was proved right, and so became a sort of media darling. Since then he’s regularly been invited to give commentary on financial situations, and has been only too happy to oblige. Whether or not his predictions yield fruit seems substantively immaterial to the media personalities which interview him. Their only real concern seems to be having an authority figure to lend legitimacy and watchability to their programs. Since Bass is widely-known for the 2008 event, he has become a regular go-to, as a result giving many interviews.
From this platform, Bass has been railing against China’s economy since October of 2015. He’s repeatedly said that the Chinese debt bubble is going to collapse, and predicts it will happen within the next two to three years. In 2016, he has predicted it will take place by the end of the year with a forty to fifty percent likelihood. But after he said that, in a Bloomberg article he reportedly said that should Chinese currency receive a “material” devaluation, then investing in Asian markets might be exceptionally recommendable right now. How can that be if the collapse is yet two to three years off? Either there never was a collapse and Bass was just trying to manipulate the market, or it’s still coming and he’s seen a new angle, or he realized he was wrong and he’s backpedaling. Regardless, his remarks are disturbing because they will influence tangential investors whose experience may be marginal even if their assets are large. It’s just possible Bass has been trying to deliberately manipulate the market for his own aims.
With a history of socialist contacts, like the leader of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (who has defaulted Argentina twice in thirteen years without a word of criticism from Bass), and spurious investment decisions, Bass’ current perspective of China is one that any savvy financier should only take with a grain of salt.
Founder of Autism Rocks and Solo Capital, Sanjay Shah, recently discussed his success while doing an interview for Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio. The show itself focuses on giving advice, motivation, inspiration, and coverage of major events that are beneficial to entrepreneurs. Sanjay Shah was invited to discuss several topics, including how he created Solo Capital, advice to others looking to create their own businesses, and the motivation behind his creation of Autism Rocks as well as what can be expected at the 2016 Autism Rocks Charity Concert. His most important advice for those looking to start their own business was to never underestimate the start-up costs, and never think that you will be able to do it all on your own.
Shah, a British businessman, is the CEO and creator of Solo Capital Partners. Headquartered in London, the company offers numerous financial services that include proprietary trading, consulting, and professional sports investments. Shah originally studied medicine before deciding that the field simply wasn’t for him. He became an accountant and worked for some investment banks that included big names like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Following the financial crisis in 2009, he found himself looking for a new job and decided to open his own brokerage company, Solo Capital.
Shah is also the founder and creator of Autism Rocks. In 2011, his four year old son was diagnosed with Autism, and led Shah to create Autism Rocks. The organization throws concerts to help fund research and raise awareness for Autism. The concerts have included big names in the music industry like Drake, Lenny Kravits, Michael Buble, Snoop Dogg, and many more. This years concert will be a celebration that is filled with fun things for the whole family and includes performances from numerous well-known artists including Flo Rida and Tyga.