Category: Business

The Untold Story of Mike Baur, His Background

Mike Baur is of Swiss origin and popularly known for his involvement in business as an entrepreneur. Baur has a long history in the banking industry with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked for banks such as UBS and Clariden Leu. These are major banks that gave him enough exposure in the industry and helped him to sharpen his entrepreneurial skill.

Mike Baur started his career just like any other ordinary person in the UBS bank as a regular employee and made his way up to the top level management position as a board executive member. Mike Baur has a rich education background which can be credited to his success. Besides holding an MBA from the University of Rochester New York, he also holds an executive MBA from the University of Berne.

Mike’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Mike Baur entrepreneurial journey began in 2014 at the age of 39 years when he co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory. The factory is a leading independent and privately-financed ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. The factory is in its early stages. Mike Baur co-founded the company together with his two friends Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The mission of the factory is to help turns startups into global enterprises that disrupt the prevailing the economic conditions.

The vision is to operate Startups accelerator program that will be a global gold standard for all the other accelerator programs and to be able to provide any startup with all the required services.

Mike Baur serves as the executive chairman of the Swiss Startup Factory AG since January 2015. Mike is actively involved in the company’s activities of helping the young digital entrepreneurs to thrive in the industry. The firm runs a three months program where they create a platform of services, coach, instruct, and provide office space to the budding entrepreneurs.

The Motivating Factor

Mike has the heart for the youths where he devotes himself towards helping them. This devotion has catapulted him to make the achievements made in his entrepreneurial journey. He invests much of his time to help Swiss youth entrepreneurship and offers a helping hand to many startups outside his company.

In his desire to help others, Mike Baur has co-founded the Swiss Startup Association. The association is aimed at offering better regulatory and legal environment for startups in Swiss. This saves many hustles for the startups in Switzerland. Mike is also the owner of the Think reloaded Ag.

What Makes French Wine Unique According To UKV PLC?

UKV PLC has guidelines for the French wine novices. French wine is unique because instead of what grape is used on the label, the label has the French region it was made in. Each region has a different way it is made. The region also tells how good the flavor is because of the different soil and climate.

The regions are Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Loire. In Burgundy, you find red and white wines. The red wines have an earthy flavor. The white wines have a fruity flavor. In Bordeaux, you will find red wines with mixed grapes. Champagne has a cold climate so the champagne that we are used to is not the same. The Loire region makes several different wines.

UKV PLC is a wine company in the United Kingdom. They give advice for people who are looking for great wine. They were founded in 2015. UKV PLC is housed in Croydon, UK.

UKV PLC has two opportunities for the wine lover. One is investing in wine. Investing in wine is not a new concept. Wine lovers would hold the wine to hope to sell the wine to another wine lover. It was also used as currency. Investing in wines has some benefits because wines have a great demand. The other opportunity is buying the wine. One big benefit of buying the wine through UKV PLC is that they have specialists that can tell you the best wine to buy.

InnovaCare Health Hires Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides as Top Executives

InnovaCare, a leading health provider, has hired two experienced executives in its top ranks to give a boost to their already successful company. The new members of the group, Penelope Kokkinides, and Richard Shinto has years of experience in the Medicare and Medicaid industry that they expect to use in their new company to take it to newer heights. The company understands the important of having powerful and yet friendly leaders on the top to ensure that the company can reach the next level of customer satisfaction. Both Kokkinides and Shinto have the ability to consistently achieve new goals for the company.

Penelope Kokkinides is the CAO (Chief Administrative Officer) at InnovaCare and has been in the industry for more than 20 years specializing in Medicare programs where she was responsible for the improvement in the medical treatment processes for the patients. She has previously worked with different companies and in different positions helping her improve her skills. It was her impressive education background that helped her achieve success so easily. Penelope earned bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in biological sciences and classical languages. She then worked on to earn hr masters degree in social work from New York University. She also has two additional master’s degrees, one in alcohol and substance abuse and another in public health.

Richard Shinto was offered the position at InnovaCare Health while he was still working as the CEO of Aveta Inc before it was sold out to another company. He has a bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of California and then a medical degree from the State University of New York. But, that was not enough for him, and then he earned his MBA degree from the University of Redlands. He has many papers and articles on clinical medicine and health care published in leading newspapers and magazines.

InnovaCare aims to provide quality medical care to its patients. According to HRMR Online,

the company wants to achieve this by hiring only the experienced and professional executives to be part of their team. Through friendly customer service and excellent communications, the company wants to achieve their set goals with diligence and hard work. The company has two affiliates located in Puerto Rico, one is MMH Healthcare, while the other is PMC Medicare Choice Inc. these offer physical and emotional health services to its members. According to a survey, the company has high customer satisfaction rate of about 90%.

Serial Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky’s Philanthropic Efforts and Academic Background

Eric Lefkofsky is a seasoned entrepreneur and a highly regarded chief executive with many initiatives to his name. His business ventures span several sectors of the economy, including healthcare, IT, media and investment. According to his biography appearing in 4-traders website, Eric is currently the MD of Lightbank LLC, Director at Orange Media and Point.con and more prominently the Chairman of Groupon Inc. He also serves as a Director at Lights with Innovation Group, Art Institute of Chicago, Watermelon Express Inc, Lefkofsky Family Foundation and Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital. The US born entrepreneur is the Cofounder of Groupon Inc, Echo Global Logistics Inc and InnerWorkings Inc. Eric has served as Director at Point since the mid 90’s and has been the Chairman of NASDAQ listed Groupon Inc since 2008.

Eric Lefkofsky holds about 18% equity at Groupon Inc, which is valued at $400 million and 3.6% equity at Echo Global Logistics Inc valued at $20.8 million. Outside his corporate engagements, Eric is deeply involved in philanthropy; his net worth is currently estimated to be in the region of $1.7 billion. According to Inside Philanthropy, his efforts are trained on education, healthcare, human rights, culture and medical research. Eric with his wife Liz established Lefkofsky Family Foundation (LFF) in 2006 to support various organizations operating in the US and around the world.

The educational initiative supported by Eric and Liz in Chicago supports charter schools, and offers scholarship to disadvantaged kids. As an Alumnus of the University of Michigan, Eric continues to make huge donations to support various initiatives, including a onetime $1.2 million to support the university’s health system. The other universities that have benefited from his largesse include DePaul and Northwestern University. Eric’s support for the healthcare sector targets children’s health and cancer research and treatment. Some of the illnesses taking a huge slice of the funds include Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, brain tumors and cystic fibrosis. The list of organizations that have benefited include Medical Mission for Children, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In terms of education, Eric Lefkofsky studied and graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987, an excerpt on Wikipedia reveals. In 1991, he graduated with honors from the University of Michigan before advancing for his Juris Doctor in 1993 at the university’s law school. Eric Lefkofsky has also taught at various universities in the Greater Chicago Area. He previously taught disruptive business models at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and applied technology at DePaul University’s school of business. Eric is currently an Adjunct Professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he teaches entrepreneurship and business. One of Eric’s most popular books is titled “Accelerated Disruption”, which was published by Easton Studio Press in November 2007.

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Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and business person. He is currently the CEO and managing partner and the co-founder of Swiss Start-Up Factory. Baur, a native of Fribourg in Switzerland began his journey in business at a tender age and had a great experience working with Swiss Private Banking for well over two decades. Mike Baur is a Rochester University graduate with an MBA and also has another Executive MBA from Bern University. Mike started his career as a simple commercial apprentice at UBS and climbed his way up the ladder to become the world’s most respected entrepreneurs with his achievements including securing a seat on the Executive Board of a Swiss Private Bank.

Showing great interest in banking and finance as a young man, his interest grew over time and at the age of 39; he quit his job as a banker at Clariden and Sallfort to help start up the Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF) together with two partners namely Max Meister and Oliver Walter. His experience in private banking enabled him to make an easy transition to entrepreneurship, and he uses his experience in providing advice and funding to businesses to run the SSUF. Mike Baur is accountable for SSUF’s fundraising and the company’s financial rounds. The company would eventually grow to heights to become the best private and independent ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland.

The independent company does not have a board of stakeholders who they have to report to, and they operate as a business which helps to differentiate them from the rest of Swiss business owners running accelerator programs and incubators. With the company, Mike and his partner’s assists startup companies excel by providing them with any resources they may require, allowing them to make their name known worldwide and at the same time, create new models and marketing the modern unknown products or ideas.

The Start -Up Factory runs a three-month accelerator program that helps a startup company become the best they can be within the shortest period possible. The program provides a unique platform for an array of services such as mentoring, coaching, courses in accounting, connections with successful investors and an entrepreneurial network to achieve goals as well as an office space in Zurich.