Mike is the current managing partner and benefactor of Swiss Start- up Factory. He co-founded this company after serving two decades in the banking industry. Some of the banks he worked in include; The Clariden Leu and UBS bank. In 2014, he alongside his two friends; Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, co-found Swiss Start-up Factory. This, was after they had initially invested in several start-up companies.
Swiss startup factory became a success as soon as it opened.
The company had a management team that was uniquely qualified to facilitate the company’s success in the industry. Besides, the years of service that Mike Baur had in the banking sector coupled with the skills that his other managing partners had enabled the company to have massive success. Later on, in 2016, Mike Baur was appointed to be a managing director in the CTI Invest Company. This promotion occurred after his huge involvement in the launching of the accelerator programs by the Swiss Start-up factory.
Accelerator programs (Seed Accelerators)
Accelerator programs are also referred to as seed accelerators. These are fixed term, privately funded business accelerators that facilitate the growth of business start-ups. The differences between business incubators and seed accelerators are;
- Unlike traditional business incubators, application to the seed accelerator program is open to anyone. In seed accelerators, an initial seed investment is usually made to the given business start-up
- Seed accelerator programs include intensive education and mentorship programs. Often, the business start-ups are given a deadline in which the progress of the various start-ups is evaluated.
- Start-up companies are supported in groups. The accelerator programs are not engineered to be on- demand resource. The peer feedback is highly valued.
The massive success of these seed accelerator programs facilitated the rise Mike Bauer’s career. Also, Swiss Start-up factory partnered with other major business enterprise and these provided highly lucrative opportunities for the company. Besides, the partnership of the company with Fintech fusion also increased the global presence of the start-up factory.
Mike Baur attributes his achievements as an entrepreneur to the virtues he learned while still in the campus. He studied at two great universities; the University of Berne and the University of Rochester. The latter is in New York. He graduated with an executive MBA and an MBA respectively. However, the motivating factor that pushed him to venture into starting Swiss Start-up Factory was his involvement as an investor in the start-up companies.
Today’s consumers are increasingly becoming aware of what they need to do to stay healthy. With scientists establishing a close link between unhealthy foods and lifestyle diseases, many have resorted to being on the safer side by overhauling their diets. Restaurants have begun changing their menus to incorporate green and organic portions.
One of the food chains that have built its business around the green-healthy concept is Sweetgreen. The restaurant was founded by three entrepreneurs who met at Georgetown University in an entrepreneurship class.
The three founders are Nathaniel Ru, Nicholas Jammet, and Jonathan Neman. The trio was passionate about creating a restaurant that could offer healthier meals in a fun and exciting way.
Investing in customer experience is one of the proven ways of attracting a vast clientele. Sweetgreen has devoted a lot of resources to ensure that its clients get a different kind of experience whenever they visit any of its restaurants. They have incorporated the benefits of serene environments with good music.
According to the company’s head of marketing, Sweetgreen’s primary principle is that its customers, suppliers, employees, and shareholders get value for either their money or time. Everybody is a winner at the enterprise. Nathaniel Ru, the most vocal of Sweetgreen’s founders, believes that every decision at the company should be made for the benefit of everyone and posterity.
With a farm-to-table approach, Sweetgreen is committed to ensuring that its products are authentic and they give customers value for their money. The firm has also made sure that it works in close collaboration with the farmers who supply it with food to make sure that they offer quality products.
On most Saturdays and Sundays, Sweetgreen treats its guests with music that is played outside their stores. The firm also features a once in a year event that brings together farmers who supply the company and the consumers. Such an initiative is meant to showcase the origin of the foods found at the restaurant.
Sweetgreen believes in a comprehensive approach to fitness. The company has partnered with other brands in the fitness and gym sector to ensure that its clients adopt a comprehensive fitness plan.
Arthur Becker has been taking the real estate game in New York by storm in recent years and people are finally starting to really take notice. Arthur Becker is a former stockbroker who maneuvered into real estate after finding an early fortune buying and selling tech companies. Broker’s switch over to real estate may have surprised some but not all, as the man has found success in nearly every avenue of business that he has set his sights on. Becker’s transition to real estate has been smooth but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth taking a closer look at.
Arthur Broker was working as a stockbroker at Bear Stearns when he landed his first big fortune. Becker would immediately parlay that money into a variety of other investment opportunities. Early on it seemed like the key to success for Arthur Becker was to diversify and pursue a variety of different fields, each of which he had felt passionate about. Becker would pursue real estate developments in both New York and Florida while also pursuing a slew of other investment options that ranged the gamut from art to science.
According to Perez Hilton, while working in these different investment fields Becker would gain a reputation as being someone who could turn just about any concept into a financial boon. Becker has worked with some of the wildest investments that we have heard of. Becker’s fascination with banking and currency would lead him to pursuing investments in ancient currency found throughout the cradle of Africa — including Nigeria and Cameroon. Along the way Becker would also begin to invest in Macadamia Nut farms in Hawaii which would go on to be sold to the ever growing Mrs Fields cookie company. These investments are just a taste of the many different options that Becker pursued.
In New York it was clear early on that Becker was focused on becoming a major player in real estate. He would go on to immediately begin working with some of the top real estate partners in the city: Michael Stern, Kevin Maloney as well as Madison Equities. Now Becker is laying claim to his own reputation among the elite real estate investors.
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Sweetgreen has been the perfect platform for Nathaniel Ru to bring about more awareness for healthy good. Nathaniel definitely has the ability to bring a lot of different flavor to the fast food industry. He has proven that he knows how customers respond to healthy food when it is presented in the right way. That may be the most important thing about the Sweetgreen brand. It was something that was presented as a hip and trendy alternative. It wasn’t just another plea of an entrepreneur to get people to eat healthy. It was something that was actually going to motivate people to engage in healthy eating. That has been the difference that has made this such a popular establishment with consumers. Learn more: http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/sweetgreen-entrepreneurs/
It definitely makes a lot of sense for people to at least consider what Nathaniel Drew brings to the table. He is providing consumers with a better blueprint for how they can eat healthier without totally sacrificing all of the foods that they love. The menu is not all salads and vegetables. There are fruit and chips that are on the menu as well as side items. Learn more: http://nrn.com/power-list-2016-Jammet-Neman-Ru
People that eat through Sweetgreen are going to be impressed by this company because it still provides quite a bit of variety. It is definitely easier for consumers to eat healthy when they know that they have an abundant number of choices to consider. That is what most people appreciate about this restaurant. It has been designed to give customers a multitude of choices, and there are also more choices to consider when people go to other Sweetgreen locations and other cities. The restaurant in Los Angeles is not going to have the same menu items as the restaurant in New York City. Learn more: http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/sweetgreen-entrepreneurs/
The Sweetgreen chain is certainly a big surprise for anyone that is trying to depart from all the fast food choices that are out there right now. Nathaniel Ru has become a leader in the industry that has been able to turn things around. He has done this in a time where most people would not believe that a restaurant such as Sweetgreen could be successful. Nathaniel has sort of defied the odds when it comes to building a better restaurant. He has ready been able to change the direction of the consumers that may have never even considered fast food before. Nathaniel Ru has reshaped healthy eating choices.
Jim Tananbaum is the founder and CEO of Foresite Capital. Foresite Capital was founded in 2011 as a healthcare-dedicated private equity firm specializing in finding promising healthcare leaders and helping them increase profits by providing information, networks and supplying capital. Before founding Foresite Capital, Jim Tananbaum founded Geltex Pharmaceuticals while finishing medical school which was acquired in 1998 for $1.6 billion. He also co-founded and was the CEO of Theravance, Inc. His investment experience includes being a partner at Sierra Ventures and leading a large number of investments that include Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Healtheon and Amira Pharmaceuticals. You can visit LinkedIn to know more.
In his interview with Ideamensch Jim Tananbaum points out that the idea for Foresite Capital was born out of his 25 year experience as an investment strategist and healthcare entrepreneur which enabled him identify major factors that make a successful entrepreneur. Foresite Capital provides the medical entrepreneur with information and capital whose importance they may not fully appreciate in the success of their venture. You can visit LinkedIn Forsite Capital.
He also emphasizes the importance of the idea. Foresite Capital invests in people that can make discoveries that have the capability to have the furthermost impact on healthcare. His inspiration comes from the many different ways in which science can be applied by innovators to solve healthcare’s unmet needs. He underscores the importance of learning in the success of an entrepreneur. Ignorance is catastrophic for the entrepreneur.
Jim Tananbaum considers his family the highest priority and loves having dinner with them. Most of his day is spent in meetings and between which he finds time to work out. His worst working experiences have been where the teams lacked synergy.
Foresite’s current largest investment is Intarcia, a twice a year type II diabetes implant which helps patients control their diabetes and lose weight. Jim believes Intarcia’s product has the capability to have a similar bearing on Diabetes as the IUD has had on birth control. Jim Tananbaum sees a future where blood and/or saliva or tissues will be sequenced in order to prevent and treat disease.
Jim Tananbaum has found his place for the third year straight in the Forbes Midas List. His investments in Intarcia Therapeutics and Juno Therapeutics, which went public in 2014, Puma Biotechnology and Aimmune. More details can be found on Crunchbase.
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