MIKE BAUR CEO, SWISS START UP FACTORY

 Mike Baur is a visionary entrepreneur and founding partner of the Swiss Start-up Factory AG, with a vast amount of experience in the banking sector. He is a mentor to many people in the world of business and leadership. He has worked for Swiss banking sector for 20 years. As a teenager, Mike Baur was passionate about banking and finance, which he later came to satisfy when he started out his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS and made his way up to being an executive board member of Swiss Private Bank. In the year 2014, when he was just 39 years of age, Mike, and his two partners founded the Swiss Startup Factory. Prior to being a co-founder and Chief executive Officer of Swiss Startup Factory, he is also a co-founder and Director of the Swiss Start-up Association. Mike pursued an MBA from University of Rochester New York. He is also an Executive MBA from the University of Berne.

 

Mike founded the factory with the main aim of supporting the entrepreneurs in the digital technology industry. The support involves linking the startups with potential investors, mentoring, financing, office space, coaching, and providing access to other entrepreneurs during their development process. Swiss Start-up factory has earned a huge reputation for mentoring companies from humble start-ups to medium and big sized companies.

 

Swiss Startup Factory is top on the list of privately owned and independently financed companies in Switzerland. The company’s core business is to provide programs to mentor start-ups through the first stages, mostly three months. The company also works to disrupt set systems that hinder small start-ups from growth, mostly due to factors such as financing and lack of exposure to potential investors.

 

Swiss Startup Factory and CTI invest collaborate towards hosting Startup training for events and also to jointly open websites to bring together small start-ups and link them with information and training that will be helpful in their venture, and will see them through the first tough stages of their company’s development. This collaboration is one of many that Swiss start-up Factory is working towards its purpose of mentoring young entrepreneurs through their first stages of their startups.

 

Swiss Startup Factory, with its three-month accelerator program, provides a unique platform for start-ups, and the Geneva-based Fintech Accelerator fusion are to collaborate in the pre-selection process, which will involve universities to oversee smooth start for small start-ups.

Adam Goldenberg Continues to Find Success with JustFab

In 1999, Adam Goldenberg sold his gaming network to Intermix Media. In 2006 he simply founded Intelligent Beauty, and most recently in 2010 started JustFab and operates as co-CEO. By 2014 JustFab had garnered $55 in funding, in addition to acquiring the shoe discovery service, ShoeDazzle. The person who has accomplished this impressive run is Adam Goldenberg, and it isn’t luck that has brought attention and success his way, he is just one smart guy.

Part of that intellect and know how for business can be heard in an article from 2014, where he shares some of his brilliant strategy and insight. Adam Goldenberg called it a “metrics-driven” process, that even sounds smart.

Perhaps something easier to grasp for the majority of us is the practices he utilizes when staffing his companies. When asked about his hiring practices in that article at http://www.builtinla.com/2014/01/18/3-la-ceos-you-need-know-now-adam-goldenberg-justfab, he described a two-fold approach. The fist part of that equation, as he sees it, is finding people who are passionate about what they do. The second part of the equation is recognizing the best talent that has been brought in and mentoring those individuals to maximize their potential which naturally benefits the success of a business.

These methods and his leadership on businessoffashion.com has JustFab making waves and making money. With JustFab in particular, there has been an emphasis on allowing customers to play a huge role in the development and progression of the company. JustFab actually has a team assigned to basically work with customers in order to find out what works, what needs to be better or even to determine what can be let go.

What might be most impressive is that this success has been found in an industry where companies fall by the wayside regularly, where competition is brutal and where it appears that you are only as good as your last big hit product. This is the world of fashion and e-commerce, and much like the old New York adage, if you can make it here – you can make it anywhere.
It is fair to say at this point in the career of Adam Goldenberg, that he is doing a bit more than just making it.