Mike Baur: Making A Difference With Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur is the founding partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. He has had over 20 years of experience in the swiss banking industry. He is most recently responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds at the Swiss Startup Factory.
For over 20 years he worked for banks such as Clariden Leu and Salford. After which he quit and began investing in startup companies. Then, he co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory, in 2014, with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He participated in the contest to pitch Swiss Startup Factory called START Summiteer. When Swiss Startup Factory teamed with CTI, on January of 2016, he was named Deputy Managing Directer of CTI Invest. He led the company through its accelerator program with Goldbach Group in early 2016, and its partnership with Fintech Fusion in February 2016.

Baur got his Bachelor of Applied Science in banking and finance at the University of Applied Sciences Bern during 1997-2000. He earned his Executive Master of Business Administration at the University Bern during 2007-2008. He earned his Master of Business Administration at the University of Rochester during 2007-2008.

About The Swiss Startup Factory
This, Zurich-based, accelerator started up in 2014. Their intention is to become the gateway for the world to partner with their countries burgeoning startup scene.
The Swiss Startup Factory provides the same things most other accelerator programs do and aims to establish itself as a leader in building up the local ecosystem. To every startup that joins their program, Swiss Startup is offering up to 25.000 francs and won’t take equity as a requirement of participation.

Swiss Startup Factory isn’t a program started by investors but by a set of corporate that are motivated to interact with more startups. They want the chance to learn more about the most exciting way to collaborate with new ideas.

It is a company created by people who want to see others succeed in their own companies. If you are looking for the right accelerator for your startup, look no further! If you are interested in finding out more about Swiss Startup Factory, click here!

Solo Capital – Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah is the founder and CEO of a global investment company called Solo Capital. He started the company in September 2011 after growing tired of the commute and every day hustle back and forth to work. He worked as an accountant at a prestigious firm but decided it wasn’t for him anymore. He hired a few trading partners and graduates to help him get the business running and after a year, the business had excelled the exceptional growth. In early 2016, Solo Capital reported an estimated net worth of 2.8 million. The company expanded rapidly and now has over thirty nine offices throughout the areas employing over 1000 employees. The growth has been exceptional and unexpected, however, much appreciate. Shah has been able to retire from the industry and focus on some other areas of his life that really needed attention.

He started his career studying medicine at King’s College in Central London. He wanted to become a doctor but soon decided that wasn’t something he wanted to do anymore. He originated from Kenya with his family when he moved to Central London to attend college. After graduating with his accounting degree he started working for banking and financial industries that helped give him the background of investments. He has started many companies prior to Solo Capital so he had a good foundation and understanding of the development and structure needed to help it thrive.

In 2014, Shah launched a charity called Autism Rocks. It’s an invite only performance by famous music artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg and Prince among many others. Shah wanted to find a way to help aid in the research and development of the neurological condition and thought what better way than to start a charity. His youngest boy was diagnosed with the condition, and it changed his life forever. Shah has dedicated many hours to ensuring the charity is successful, and has had the pleasure of hiring additional people to help with the functions of the whole process. He hopes to help those who are diagnosed, along with their family members, to better understand the complex condition.

 

Find out more about Solo Capital:

http://www.solo.com/

Why Anonymity Is Crucial In The SEC Whistleblower Program

The SEC’s Dodd-Frank whistleblower program is getting a lot of attention now that the agency is announcing substantial rewards given for information. The SEC does not disclose the name of the company involved, nor the name of the whistleblower who received the reward, however, people still worry about maintaining their anonymity. While the whistleblower program has strong protections against reprisals, such as an employer firing an employee who gave the SEC a tip, there’s no protection against gossip and social alienation.

Once an individual reports original information about a probable securities law violation, it may take months, or even years, before there is an SEC enforcement action. If no action is taken, or the sanctions against the company don’t sanctions do not exceed $1 million, the whistleblower is not eligible for a reward. This may deter some people from putting their name on the form, along with their information, and submitting it to the SEC. Fortunately, the SEC’s whistleblower program lets individuals report tips anonymously if they submit the tip through an attorney. Typically, people select an SEC whistleblower attorney who is familiar with the program and will be an advocate for his or her client.

SEC whistleblower law firms offer case reviews and then, if the client does have original information, they will take their client’s signed submission and submit the form to the SEC. The whistleblower remains anonymous and the SEC whistleblower lawyer acts as an intermediary between the SEC and his or her client. Continued assistance provided by the whistleblower is one of the factors the SEC uses to determine the amount of the reward the whistleblower receives.

Anyone who believes that they have information about suspected SEC violations should consult with an SEC whistleblower attorney. Employees often have questions regarding confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from disclosing information to anyone outside of their company. Initial consultations and case evaluations are generally free and always confidential. Deciding to come forward is never easy, therefore, SEC whistleblower law firms will still consult with individuals about their case even if the person does not want to give their name or the name of the company committing the wrongdoing.

Securus Technologies, Inc: Providing Solutions For Communication For U.S. Inmates

Securus is a technology company that is based in Dallas, Texas and provides inmates in prisons and other correctional facilities across the country with telephone service. They boast an A+ accreditation from the BBB. Inmates need to have access to an internet connection and a smart phone to benefit from this service. The company started in 1986 and now provides telephone service in over 3,400 U.S. correctional facilities and supplies other technologies for public safety, investigation, monitoring, and more to aid law enforcement.
I first read about this company and its services on PR Newswire’s website a while back and its obvious compassion and valuing of the quality of life of U.S. inmates caught my attention. The telephone service provided helps families stay connected by making regular calls, including video calling, more accessible and enabling inmates to have greater involvement in the lives of friends and family.

Securus Technologies, Inc prides itself on a high sense of integrity and ethical business dealings. It makes sure that all communication data is secure, phone records are not shared, and contracts with the correctional facilities are not breached. It also tries to do its part in monitoring other communication companies, like Global Tel Links (GTL). GTL was in the news recently for questionable managing of communication data and contracts as well as call rate and billing disputes. These rate inconsistencies and wrongdoings were first investigated by the Louisiana Public Service Commission(PSC)in January 1998. Today, GTL’s actions continue to warrant ongoing investigation. Securus Technologies, Inc will review the actions being investigated

Since these bills are coming out of my tax dollars as well as yours, Securus America Technologies, Inc continues to investigate. This is just another way that the company proves that it values inmates, society, and the country as a whole. It holds all communication companies, including itself, to very high standards.

Securus Linked In page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/securus-technologies

 

 

Igor Cornelson Speaks on the Factors of the Brazilian MarketIgor Cornelson Speaks on the Factors of the Brazilian Market

Igor Cornelsen has a great understanding of the Brazilian banks and can see how they are keep their head above water while the banks of other countries are failing. Igor Cornelsen has made a lot of profits in Brazil. He also provides insight with his websites on what he understands is the way to financial prosperity and independence. The way to achieve financial independence is not just in making profitable investments, but also managing spending. After all, if it was possible to make the right investments every time, then one might as well make a large amount of investments so that he can gain some huge profits. Brazilian banks have learned how to manage their money so that they can maintain financial strength.

Read more:
Managing Your Portfolio Utilizing Some Of Igor Cornelsen’s Methods

Igor Cornelsen Offers Insights Making Investments

One thing that Igor Cornelsen sees about Brazilian banks is that they have 10 major players. They are state owned and privately owned banks. Some of these banks are commercial banks while the others are owned by the state. One thing that Cornelsen is noticing is that certain banks are seeing major growth spurts with their mergers. One example of this is Unibanco merging with Banco Itau. As a result of the merger, Banco Itau is seeing a lot of growth and expansion.

Another thing that Igor Cornelsen sees is the hope of a new face. Igor Cornelsen believes that there are going to be changes for the better since the new finance minister is looking at orthodox methods. One thing that Igor Cornelsen advises is to pay attention to China. China is one of the largest trading partners to Brazil. China’s economy is also linked with Brazil. If China has a strong economy, then Brazilian prices for raw materials will remain affordable for people. Igor Cornelsen sees a bight future for Brazil’s economy and its banks as they move forward.

Learn more about Igor Cornelsen:

https://igorcornelsen.wordpress.com/

http://www.jusbrasil.com.br/topicos/64228355/igor-cornelsen

Skout Data Says the Top Ten College Towns Are…

That global leading friend making exciting networking app Skout recently released some rather interesting information from data collected through their users according to a PRNewswire article, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skout-reveals-the-top-10-friendliest-college-towns-in-america-300141309.html. Some of the results were to be expected yet there were plenty of surprises and curious information found within this information, as the report evolved around the topic of the top 10 friendliest college towns.

The data covers a 12 month span and includes users from ages 18 to 24, it is also worth noting that from coast to coast there was a nice balance with the results, so apparently the United States is in no shortage of pleasant people and places when it comes to college towns.

This report also manages to cover a good deal of ground and results such as, the college town with the friendliest guys, with the friendliest girls and results for questions like, is it easier to make friends in High School or College are all found within the wide range of topics included in the report.

It certainly has to be a good sign for the folks at Skout, that such different and interesting information is now being garnered through their service. Of course much of this information will be used to no doubt improve the Skout experience, but it doesn’t take much imagination or common sense to see how useful some of this data could be in many other aspects too.

Now that the results are in, and there has been much to talk about and much to consider it may be time to take a trip to someplace where the people are friendly, the community is pleasant and the atmosphere is young, alive and growing…Madison, WI sounds like a nice place to visit. Is anyone curious now about where Madison finished on this list?

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Learn more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-dunn/women-in-business-portia_b_7168318.html

Mobile Social Networking App Skout Acquires Nightlife App Nixter

Securus Further Upgraded Their Offering Within The Corrections Industry

Securus Technologies the number one supplier of criminal justice technology has recently added to their offerings. They have launched the THREADS upgrade which gives their customers a variety of new analytical tools which prior to the upgrade were not possible. This THREADS upgrade is offered for free to existing customers and requires a simple upgrade of their current systems. THREADS has been crowned the most advanced analytical tool used within the United States corrections industry.

THREADS has been the companies flagship product since its launch. THREADS 3.1 is a follow up to its predecessor and is jam packed with the latest innovative technology. The product is web based technology and offers the customer premium investigative solutions that is difficult to rival. The main improvements made on THREADS are the improvements in overall performance as well as subtle but effective user interface streamlining. According to the General Manager of Business Management at Securus Technologies, Kelly Solid said in an interview that unnecessary system actions were removed, the UI was polished, navigation was enhanced and various search and record loading functions improved. The improvement of the system was in an effort to improve the overall user experience as well as increase the systems performance, all of which was improved through the THREADS 3.1 upgrade.

Previously the THREADS system ran on a platform known as Silverlight, which is now very updated. Therefore the shift to utilizing HTML 5 was the sensible decision. HTML 5 is the newest and most current version of the Hyper Text Markup Language standard. Kelly Solid went onto describe the new analytical tool, THREADS 3.1 as being a lot more useful to the investigators. Little formal training is required as Securus America Technologies software developers wanted to ensure an intuitive easy to use interface which provides the highest intelligence.

The THREADS 3.1 web based software offers the ability to directly integrate another Securus Technologies product known as the Secure Call Platform thanks to the HTML 5 platform. Investigators are now offered a feature which has not been available in the previous iteration which allows users to listen in on Secure Call Platform calls. Added onto this feature are printing and mapping, reports as well as real time analysis. These safety features are necessary to monitor criminal activity within the platform. These features ensure that Securus remains the gold standard.

Learn more about Securus technologies: http://www.bbb.org/dallas/business-reviews/government-contractors/securus-technologies-in-dallas-tx-41000098

Watch the YouTube video to further understand what this app can do.

 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Rise Above An Attack On Your Reputation

The most common way for people to find out about your business reputation nowadays is through the internet. Having a positive image on internet searches is a crucial part of keeping your business growing. As an entrepreneur, you should know that if you’re successful an attack on your reputation is inevitable. Even the most successful business’s still suffer from naysayers. It’s simply a side effect of being good, and being noticed.

Unfortunately, not all those who notice you will understand your worth. When you’re an entrepreneur, you are dedicated to building a business that can be trusted, and attacks like these make it seem like they’re undermining all you’ve worked for. There are numerous strategies and services you can implement to keep your business’s reputation where it should be. Below are five of the top ways to keep your chin up while you’re dealing with these sort of attacks.

Rise Up, Don’t Sink Down: There’s nothing more that dissenters love than for you to engage them. It can be tempting to lash out, but you shouldn’t. Not only will it probably not change their minds, it’ll only make you look unprofessional. Keep your cool, and respond in a way that is positive for your business and your reputation.

Ramp It Up: One way to respond, and not just react, is to ensure that you are giving the best value possible to your customers. This will help take the focus off of whatever is being said, and back on something much more important, what’s being done.

Reassure Your Loyal Customers: Another important step, is making sure that your loyal customers continue to be satisfied with your services. Making sure that they know the attacks are unfounded, and won’t affect the level of quality service you offer in any way.

Remember Why You Started: As with any difficult part in your entrepreneur journey, taking a look back at why you started can really give you that boost you need to keep going. Remembering why you began serves to help you press on, regardless of how you may be feeling.

Get Some Help: When attacks on your reputation happen, remember, you don’t have to fight back alone. Use the internet to your advantage. Find a business, like searchcleanup.com, that helps clean up your reputation as spotless as it deserves to be.

While you’ll never be able to please everyone, you can focus on those aspects of your business that will continue to build you up. You worked hard to build your business, so don’t let something like this hold you back. Searchcleanup.com will help you move forward on your terms.

The Benefits of Using the Skout Social App

In recent news a new holiday was declared by Skout, the global social networking company. This holiday is a fun holiday that has been officially called national potato chip day that celebrates the world’s love of the potato chip. Skout created this ridiculous holiday due to the fact that the potato chip is something that is universally loved by all. By creating this holiday, Skout has been able to connect millions of individuals together just based upon this one love of food. This national day was kicked off by a survey that was conducted by the owners of Skout that asked a series of questions of the participants love of potato chips.

The overall results of this survey showed that of the 3,000 participants that were involved in this survey, around 96 percent of these participants actually loved potato chips. The unique aspect of this survey was the fact that this survey asked fun and unique questions about chips that tied individuals to their daily routine and overall preferences through their love for chips. An example of this is the fact that it was found that 39 percent of chip lovers enjoyed watching Jimmy Fallon at night vs. the other late night comedian talk shows.

Other questions of this survey that was conducted found that those who preferred spicier chips were more adventurous in the bedroom and that those who preferred less salt and low fat chips tended to visit the gym more often. These overall results, though fun and harmless, was a great technique to introduce people to each other. The mission of this app called Skout is to help people expand their social circle in a safe manner through the simple process of only joining this app. The chip survey conducted even when into depths of pairing people together based upon which political candidate they would rather share their chips with.

The Skout app was founded in 2007 and currently has headquarters in San Francisco. The Skout app was created to help people meet new people and to meet diverse people from all over the world. With only nine years of being in business, Skout has already been integrated into over 180 different countries. The company now even has apps offered in over 16 different languages with more to come. The founders of Skout are excited with the products products and hope to expand the company even further.

Follow Skout on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skoutapp/

Beneful: Is it Good for Dogs?

If you have watch YouTube or go online shopping on Amazon, chances are you have heard of the dog food company, Beneful. They advertise and promote their product quite well and aren’t afraid to get the word out there. However, a recent article from The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carlotta-cooper/beneful-revisited_b_9851634.html, has raised some questions about the food and if it’s healthy for dogs. It is one of the most popular dog food companies out there, as they are part of the Nestle PurinaStore PetCare brand. They have been around since 2001, and feed more than 14 million dogs each year. The problems lies in its ingredients, which contain propylene glycol. The problem with this product is that it’s often misunderstood as ethylene glycol which can be deadly for dogs.
This all began in the begging of 2015 when a class action lawsuit was brought against Nestle Purina over Beneful. This is of great concern, as we all know, many people consider dogs man’s best friend. Because of this, they want to treat their dogs like they are part of the family. As a matter of fact, any dog lover will tell they are more than family. As of right now, the case is still in court and the allegations have flip-flopped quite a few times.

The positive thing is that the concerns of the customers have been heard loud and clear and they have made the necessary changes. It shows that they care and are willing to do what is right. They care about their product, and, of course, they care about dogs. It’s easy to see why people would get up in arms over it, as they have every right to do so. However, they will have real meat in the ingredients of the new product and the dogs will be happy and healthy. At the end of the day, isn’t that what it is all about, really?

You can’t please everyone, there is no question about that. However, you can make minor tweaks here and there to fix an issue if it’s out there. That is what they have done and the company is better because of it and will survive and thrive. For more information, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beneful.