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Mike Baur rose to prominence after he founded a critically acclaimed business incubation center known as the Swiss Startup Factory. As a successful businessperson and entrepreneur, he currently holds the managing partner position at the company.


Career Highlights


Since he commenced his profession in the highly-competitive banking sector, Baur has been driven by dedication, discipline and hard work. He spent more than two decades in the industry as a banking specialist for top notch companies such as UBS and Clariden Leu.


The Inception of Swiss Startup Factory


One of the most interesting facts about Mike Baur is his passion for trying new things. He decided to retire from the banking world to pursue individual investments. The year 2014 was important for him since he launched Swiss Startup Factory in the association of founders, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.


Baur was part of a jury that selected winners during a startup pitching competition called START Summiteer, which took place at the St. Gallen University. In 2016, the Swiss Startup Factory made a bold move by forming an alliance with CTI Invest. Amidst the announcement of the alliance, Baur was lucky to be named as CTI’s managing director. Besides the CTI partnership, Baur is celebrated for leading SSF through an accelerator program, which was orchestrated by SSF and Goldback Group. He also fostered SSF’s alliance with Fintech Fusion, a renowned tech company.


Swiss Startup Factory’s Leadership Team


Besides Mike Baur’s involvement, the Swiss Startup Factory attributes most of its financial success to several individuals who work for the company. Baur is one of the co-founders and executive chair of SSF. He works alongside other co-founders such as Max Meister, SSF’s CEO and Oliver Walzer, SSF’s CIO.


The trio is also helped by other executives to achieve SSF’s vision to create business ventures that would healthily compete in the global marketplace. Jean-Pierre Viulleumier is the firm’s head of pitch training and head of training. Jean-Pierre works alongside Chris Bargholz, SSF’s business analyst, and Mexx, the head of security.


About the Swiss Startup Factory


From its service charter, it is clear that the Swiss Startup Factory was established with a vision to help entrepreneurs excel in creating enterprises. SSF helps them come up with enterprises that are different from the current business models, norms, and models.


At SSF, registered entrepreneurs are taken through an incubation program that takes only three months. Amidst the incubation period, they get to access financial resources, mentoring and coaching. These aspiring business owners are also provided convenient office spaces and meet with successful investors and entrepreneurs. This support is geared towards helping them transform their business ideas into reality.


Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, California. While academics has always been important, OCC is well-known for their collegiate rowing program. Head coach Cameron Brown and assistant coach Steve Morris are continuing the winning traditions of OCC rowing. After winning a national championship in 2016 — making it 11 championships — the coaches were seeking yet a 12th title. Training takes place at the David A. Grant Collegiate rowing center, located in Newport Harbor.

With a rigorous training schedule that can be up to 20 hours a week, about half of the male students that sign up at the beginning of the season will fall away.

The rest that remain look forward to events like the Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in which the Pirates placed 9th. Learn more about Orange Coast College: and

Orange Coast College founded in 1947, enrolls more than 25,000 students each semester. OCC facilities have more than 135 academic and career programs. Orange Coast is one of the top institutions in California for students transferring to four year universities. Many students have transferred to other major universities around the country.

The college is probably most noted for their public nautical programs. The school of sailing and seamanship offer adult sailing classes, seamanship classes, even United States Coast Guard approved classes. The USCG courses include their license exam prep course and radar observer courses.

The school also offers powerboat training with various certifications. As of 2002 Rabbit Island near Vancouver, BC, was donated to Orange Coast College. Their summer studies include Biological Diversity, Island Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, and Intertidal Ecology.

Orange College does share the traditional academic and career programs that most other community colleges have. All of this is enjoyed on a beautifully laid out campus just on the Southern California Coast.

With both vintage buildings and modernest architecture from newer faces of revision, in a mild climate environment, it is easy to see why so many students find their way to Orange Coast College.


The Dallas Zoo, with the major help of James Dondero, has reinstalled its beloved state-of-the-art Hippo Habitat. The zoo has not seen these large creatures in over 15 long years. Millions of individuals visit the zoo throughout the year and The Hippo Habitat is sure to be the new favorite exhibit.

James Dondero’s investment firm, Highland Capital Management, donated a large sum of one million dollars to aid in the installation of the Hippo Habitat. Mr. Dondero is the co-founder and President of the Highland Capital Management investment firm. He is a widely popular philanthropist in the Dallas and Fort Worth communities.

Dondero has devoted time and money into constructing educational institutes and many other key attractions throughout the Dallas and Forth Worth areas. Mr. Dondero is a major contributor and activist for the Highland Santa Barbara Foundation, the Kansas City Foundation, and the Dallas Foundation. These charitable organizations are in charge of distributing money, acquired from philanthropists like James Dondero, to the community’s many education, veteran, and youth development centers.

The Hippo Habitat features two adult hippos, Adhama and Boipelo. The habitat stretches across 2.1 acres and houses a 120,000-gallon waterhole. The waterhole provides a unique viewing experience for spectators as they can watch the submerged hippos in their natural wet environment.


According to the Dallas Zoo management officials, zoo spectators have increased in numbers since the introduction of the Hippo Habitat. Both local residents and travelers are enjoying the awe of these 3000-pound ‘river horses’ up close. Thanks to Mr. Dondero and other contributors, the zoo was able to construct the 14 million dollar Hippo Habitat that has sparked interest by many willing viewers.

Sometimes when things don’t go as planned you simply need to find the new up and coming wave of trends and grow it. That’s what Eric Pulier is currently doing after a plan to take a company platform he founded to the big stage failed. He’s now running vAtomic Systems, a company focused on finding disruptive apps that employ gaming technology into real world economics. Pulier has said he believes block-chain technology is going to spur economic growth and is excited about what new millennial app developers are bringing to the market.


Pulier has been known as one of the US’s top software developers and was named in 1998 as a top eVisionary at VAR Business. He began his background in computers at his Teaneck, NJ elementary school where he began programming. By high school he was already running a database system on the school’s computers. He majored in literature at Harvard University, though he took pride in saying he was the only literature student who was also taking advanced computer science courses at the same time. He graduated magna cum laude in 1988.


Pulier met up with many grad students in different fields when he moved to Los Angeles in 1991, and he brought them together to start People Doing Things. PDT became the foundation for Digital Evolution, an interactive media and advertising agency that served many high profile clients including Disney and Warner Brothers. It was also the company that then President Bill Clinton chose to run the Presidential Technology Exhibition. In 1998 US Interactive merged with this company and promoted Pulier to chairman.


Eric Pulier began developing service-oriented architecture programs with US Interactive throughout the early 2000s. His platform Desktone was bought out by VMware, a virtual machine solutions company, and his cloud enterprise software ServiceMesh was also sold to the Computer Sciences Corporation. Pulier became an executive vice president with the CSC and during that time he formed the Enterprise Leadership Council. He also joined Peter Diamandis’s XPrize Foundation where he currently serves on the Board of Innovation. His charity work has included contributions to Starbright World and the Painted Turtle camp.

David McDonald from OSI Group has assisted the organization in hopes to boost its sustainability. As one of its leaders, Dave has helped with the improvement in the time span of 30 years. He’s demonstrated a great deal of dedication to ensuring the business is conducted appropriately and is known for providing leadership that was insightful. He had been also a moving force behind the OSI Group’s choice to give 252,000 lbs of meat products over to food banks from American facilities. These meat products were utilized to feed Americans who struggled.

David McDonald OSI Group made a statement around August 8, 2016, about obtaining Baho Food, a Dutch firm involved in the production of all deli meats, convenience foods in addition to snacks. Baho Food, which used to serve the food service and retail sanctions, was obtained for an amount that was unknown.

David McDonald, the COO and President, said that the agreement would enable the team l to expand its business abilities and assist in satisfying the demands of its customers. David is extremely committed when it comes to running the corporation.

The David McDonald OSI team continues to be enrolling tremendous growth in China in the past twenty years and counting. The business has managed to construct eight factories as well as an additional two are now experiencing construction. In 2008, when Beijing held an Olympic game, OSI successfully provided 113 heaps of five types of goods including chicken, steak, pork, eggs and dried onion to China for the event. Also with two facilities underway and eight factories operate, OSI is likely to be biggest poultry producer in the country. There is not any doubt the OSI team will continue ahead and expand even further. The business has managed to construct eight factories as well as an additional 2 are undergoing construction. Ten facilities will make OSI one of the largest poultry producers in the area.

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Oregon-based Meriwether Group is involved in helping entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses. The firm offers a variety of business solutions to clients throughout the United States. Its success is largely attributed to the hands-on and judicious management team. To achieve its business objectives, Meriwether Group has brought on board experts in different aspects of business and finance. Sawyer Howitt is one of these experts.

Sawyer joined the firm in 2015 after being employed as its Business Strategy Analyst. He held this position for one year within which he had overseen the rollout of strong business strategies that helped the firm expand its client portfolio. His technical skills similarly came in handy since he was able to mastermind the development and implementation of RFID checkout solutions on behalf of the firm’s clients. This has been the hallmark of Meriwether Group’s success.

Project Management

In January 2017, Sawyer Howitt was promoted to the position of project manager at the firm. In this role, he oversees all the company’s expansion projects. He is similarly in charge of clients’ mandates. In this role, he is expected to expand the market outreach of Meriwether Group’s RFID efforts. Since retail businesses form the core of the firm’s client base, it is expected that they will implement technology solutions such as RFID. This will help the firm record higher turnovers.

Howitt is committed to improving retail technology because he believes it will change the way commercial transactions are undertaken. His career objectives are in tandem with Meriwether Group’s vision, which is to support entrepreneurs in the retail industry. Besides offering his business technology experts, Howitt is equally committed to providing his expertise in areas such as sourcing and manufacturing, brand building, and international expansion.


Besides its corporate headquarters in Oregon, the Meriwether Group has an office in the technological hub of San Francisco. This is a strategic office, which enables it to keep in touch with the latest technologies in the retail industry. The firm was established by David Howitt who also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Sawyer has created an enviable reputation for himself due to his commitment towards ensuring that the family-owned business solves retail challenges that face modern-day businesses.


Internet of things is now gaining popularity among many people all over the globe. Jason has been very vocal about it in the past years. A good number of people do not understand what this means. Internet of things mainly refers to the interconnection of different goods. This applies to Internet of Things which have to share data so as to offer optimum utility to its users. With the use of internet of goods, products are able to share the data by just synchronizing all hard wares.

I the near future many entities are expected to use this technology so as to cut down their operation cost. At the moment the technology is being used by a number of airlines. The entities are using the interconnection between different parts of the plane to understand how it’s working. Experts are now in a better state of knowing whether the facility has a problem or not in real time.In case an engine has a problem then the engines will detect it within a very short time and thus fix it. This is one of the key things which as increased safety in the segment. More people are now willing to fly than ever before. This is mainly because their safety is well catered for.

The evolution of this technology will lead to major changes all over the globe. The number of people using the internet will drop since they will not have to really on it all the time. Jason is one of the experts who has been very vocal about it. In the past article, he explained a broad range of reasons why more stakeholders should invest in the technology. The article gained popularity among a good sum of people. Due to that, there is a wide range of firms which are now investing in the market at the moment.Besides from Jason being one of the key persons in the tech industry he has also participated in a broad range of things. He is a well-known philanthropist. He has been able to offer financial support to a good number of organizations in that sector.

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Authoritarianism seems like a perpetual issue in America following the recent step undertaken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to a memo released in May 2017, he gave an order to the federal prosecutors saying that they should be charging suspects with the maximum serious and readily offense. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook

This order does not even exempt the mandatory minimum sentences. Eric Holder, the former Attorney General, says that this policy is dumb on crimes and the long sentences will be subjectively discriminative. Here are some of the reasons why the policy is bad for the country and especially to the people of color:

The prison system is already distended

The federal prison population has been increasing intensively since the year 1980 to about 700 percent. And despite that United States dominates only 5 percent of the total world population, the nation has over 20 percent of the total prison population in the world.

Meaning the United States is the largest jailer in the world and now opting to grant long sentences for any kind of crime including minor offenses, will only make this rate worse.

Mass confinements mostly affects people of color discriminatively

More that 50 percent of prisoners in the United States comprise of Hispanics and African Americans yet both communities combined sums to only 25 percent of total population. If the incarcerations were carried out without color discrimination, the prison population would rise at a very high rate. The new policy implementation then is likely to affect the same communities more compared to the Native Americans.

Mass confinement is just an expensive and a hopeless policy

While the prison population keeps escalating, the Bureau of Prison budget also keeps bloating. The taxpayers bear this cost, and it is quite unnecessary. Instead of federal government investing in other corrective projects such re-entry programs and rehabilitation they keep on spending unnecessary amounts in confining. Learn more about Michael Lacey:

The imprisoned only comes out of jail to commit more crimes because they were not offered any help in jail.

The policy does not guarantee public safety

Increasing the rate of incarcerations is not a proof that crimes will decrease and in fact, in some instances, those jailed are not usually guilty. Most of the states that reduced their incarceration rates also reduced their crime rates. For instance, New York’s reduced their imprisonment rates by 24 percent, and this resulted in crime rate decrease by 54 percent.

Ordering the prosecutors with such directives is not appropriate

Jeff Sessions says that prosecutors should not be handcuffed nor be micromanaged because he believes they know how to make good judgments. Apparently, by giving them a mandate on how to execute their duties through a directive to give long sentences to offenders, he is literally micromanaging them.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Joe Arpaio illegally detained Mike and Jim for publishing some news about him and for this reason, he was mandated to compensate them. The compensation amount settled for was $3.7 million, and they both decided to dedicate it to supporting organizations that fight for human rights.

This is how Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund initiative was born. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

To become a racquetball pro like Sawyer Howitt above anything else you need to be dedicated and hard working. The term professional isn’t one just handed it to you you’ll need to work for it. Only with a devotion to improving your skills everyday can you achieve your goal. Once you’ve gotten that out of the way there are many other factors that play a role in you becoming pro or not.

Do Sufficient Research

Many people jump into something new without conducting any research on the subject and wind up disappointed in the end. Seeking a professional career in racquetball is no different. Whatever your motivation for doing so, whether it be to acquire wealth or just self fulfillment, you should go about your mission in the best way that’ll yield the results you are seeking.

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Develop a Plan and Stick With It

Developing a plan to succeed in your quest is the easy part, remaining dedicated is when it gets hard. Long term discipline is vital if you wish to progress in the sport of racquetball. You have to keep in mind that what you put in is what you get out. With that being said, you need to be fully invested into your regular training schedule.

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Everyone is familiar with the term “practice makes perfect.” The reason why is the phrase holds true no matter what. There is no better way to improve your skills than practicing. It may seem tedious at times but trust and believe it will pay off down the line.

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Finding Sponsors

Finding a sponsor or job is very important for those aspiring to become a professional racquetball player but are low on funds. Holding down a regular 9 to 5 can take an athlete away from valuable practice time. Therefore, the best route forward for people in this predicament is to find a sponsor. Once you are sponsored companies will pay you to promote their products. As you get closer to the professional level sponsors will begin to come a-knocking.

About Sawyer Howitt

Sawyer Howitt is a business prodigy. He currently serves as the project manager at the Meriwether Group while still a high school student. Somehow he finds time to balance his entrepreneurial career and Profession as a Racquetball player.

Sawyer is as skilled in racquetball as he is in business. The U.S. Racquetball Association has even recognize him for his play.

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Jim Tananbaum is the founder and CEO of Foresite Capital. Foresite is a private equity firm that is dedicated to identifying emerging leaders in the healthcare sector and helping them grow by providing them with information, networks, and capital.

The idea to create Foresite arose from Jim’s twenty-five years’ experience working as an investment strategist and a healthcare entrepreneur. He believes that in order to bring ideas into life, one must not only raise the required capital, but also engage the most persistent, smartest, and effective leaders in healthcare. He believes that being an academician is what makes him a productive entrepreneur. He has the drive to learn, and this leads him to find the best solutions that science can offer.

One thing that Jim does is taking more risks, especially when he has spent a lot of time understanding a solution. He is not afraid to take risks because he has discovered that if he takes extra time to do due diligence, he is likely to make huge returns rather than losses. According to Mr. Tanabaum, it is easy to make losses in business if you have not studied it well enough. He believes those pessimists and the optimistic but lazy are not entrepreneurs at all. According to him, an entrepreneur is both optimistic and diligent.

Jim carefully looks at the current trend in healthcare since healthcare investing is always changing. This allows him to determine the best people to synergize with his organizational expertise. Jim and his team use Outlook and Salesforce applications because they can integrate everything into their daily activities, and Big Query + Tableau since they can store and retrieve all information from a single database. You can visit Ideamensch to know more.

Jim Tananbaum has studied Maths and Electrical Engineering at Yale and went for postgraduate studies at Harvard where he got his M.D. He obtained his MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is passionate about relating healthcare to computer science and has worked with several academicians on the same.

Before founding Foresite Capital, Jim co-founded two healthcare investment practices and two biopharmaceutical companies. He founded GElTex that brought two drugs into the market for less than $80 million. It was later acquired in 1998.

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