In 2015 Mike Baur, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer founded the Swiss Startup Factory. This company took off running and is now the #1 finance accelerator in Switzerland. In an interview Mike Baur did with the Red Bulletin he talks about how to become a good entrepreneur and give some very helpful advice.
Mike Baur says that even tho every startup project is based off a good idea, the spontaneous ideas are the ones that are the best. The ones that just come to you, not the ideas that you researched and clawed at until you think you might have something.
Once you have your idea you can’t be afraid to put it into the world. Most people are not aware how simple it is to reach others in today’s world. A free website and a test group of 50 people is all you need to get started. And don’t be afraid to talk about your idea.
Some people try to keep it quiet for fear of someone stealing their idea, but it does no one any good unless you talk about it and put your idea out there. It is also good to listen to the comments and concerns of these people. They may be able to help you better your idea or see it from a new perspective.
Before becoming co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur worked in the financial industry giving advice to some of the richest of Switzerland. But the financial crisis changed things and Mr. Baur decided to get creative with his career and is now responsible for the investment performance and growth of the Swiss Startup Factory.
Over the years the banking industry has changed a lot due to the legal scandals, strict regulations that must be followed and the incredibly low-interest rates. This change has not been necessary for the good. Since 2005 has dropped below real estate and construction in employment. According to government data, the GDP of the banking sector has fallen below 5% from the 7.6% they used to beat.
So in 2008 Mike Baur left his traditional banking career to begin a new exciting career in startups.
“When you understand then you can stand”. This phrase has been a reality in the life of Peter Lionel Briger who is among the 400 top business elites and professionals globally. He has gained vast knowledge and understanding in the field of finance hence making him one of the most admirable personalities and advisors when it comes to financial and investment matters. His financial expertise can be attributed to his commitment to serve in various companies which benefited from his skills.The legendary Peter Briger pursued his Bachelor’s Degree at Princeton University and later studied his MBA at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His successful career journey commenced by joining Goldman Sachs where he was tasked with various roles in leadership, managerial and even operational levels. He worked with this company for 15 years, no wonder; he gained a lot of skills in investment banking, foreign investment, real estate, trading, dealing with debts and many more.
As a result of his financial expertise, he partnered with Gold Sachs in 1996, nevertheless in 2002; he joined Fortress Investment Group as the company’s co-CEO.Currently, Peter is serving Fortress Investment Group as the President and consequently the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors which he has used his acumen in finance and investment to take it to great heights especially taking it public as one of the alternative investment companies in the United States. The core importance of Peter Briger in Fortress is usually to help in making cash out of the distressed financial instruments. In addition to helping Fortress Investment Group survive the global economic crisis, he has played a major role in enabling foreign markets to conquer debt-burdened so as to raise some capital thus enhancing their operation in the market.Besides his professional responsibilities, Peter serves in various institutions and organizations like Tipping Point, Caliber Schools which is a charter school network and Spearhead LLC where he is a Board Member. He also serves Hospital for Special Surgery where he is a member of Board of Advisors.
Previously, Peter Briger served in International Finance Corporation as an Advisor on financial matters, especially bad debts. He has also served at Linktone Limited as the member of the Advisory Board. As though that’s not enough, he is still the President, Principal, Co-CEO, Head and Co-Chairman of Credit & Real Estate Business, Fortress Investment Group. In addition to the affiliations mentioned above, Mr. Peter is well affiliated with GSVentures, MNC Media Investment Ltd, CompuCredit Corporation, Fortress Credit Corporation, and Acumen Fund, Drive Shack Inc. and many others. Briger has really invested in helping and maintaining Central Park in New York with over $600 million. He has also been involved in various philanthropic and charities as well especially assisting poor and less privileged children. It is a sure thing that Peter Briger has an unparalleled expertise and contribution to the world of finance. His diligence, integrity, and commitment have seen him become a billionaire, nevertheless, he has not ceased from being of great help to upcoming investors.
Todd Lubar is wired on smart homes. He’s an eager proponent of the types of technology that will make homes more convenient, more user-friendly, and basically more of everything. Todd Lubar believes strongly that it’s the wave of the future and with his comprehensive background in business and entrepreneurial ventures he’s eminently qualified to discourse on the subject.
One important way that smart homes are helping people is in the realm of those who struggle daily with handicaps. Opening the garage door, turning lights on and off, using window shades and alarm systems can all present great difficulties for those who are disabled? Smart homes are becoming a game-changer for people like this and it’s a boost to their confidence and independence.
Some other areas of technology, which is driving smart homes, are motion sensitive doorbells, programmable thermostats, and voice-activated digital assistants. The digital assistants are helpful with common chores like sending an email, ordering carry-out, or turning on the TV.
Todd Lubar is the President of TDL Global Ventures and they are able to remove barriers and obstacles which keep people from realizing the American dream of homeownership. He also has a varied and interesting history in business which includes endeavors in entertainment, construction, mortgage origination, and several others.
The Baltimore market is where Lubar is currently focused and he is applying innovation here as he has throughout his career. You could say that he is engaged with the ultimate recycling program and it involves abandoned and disused buildings. They are getting a complete makeover and they are being wired with smart home technology.
Entrepreneurs are finding Baltimore to be an advantageous place to set up shop. The cost of living is reasonable in this area and Lubar is helping his clients save money and live better. Millenials, in particular, are gravitating to this reality and Todd Lubar is there to help them every step of the way.
TDL Global Ventures and Lubar work with a hand-picked staff that is entirely on board with his vision of a world of smart homes. Lubar is a family man and enjoys physical fitness activities when he’s not pursuing his passion of real estate innovation. Check out Todd’s profile on linkedin.com.
Hussain Sajwani started Damac Properties with the aim to transform the architectural and infrastructural landscape of Dubai, and his vision has now turned into a reality. From the time Damac Properties started its operations in the year 2002, the company has been growing rapidly under the leadership of Hussain Sajwani.
After completing his school years in Dubai, he went to the United States, where he joined the University of Washington to study Economics and Industrial Engineering. After finishing his studies, he took the job of a contracts manager at a leading oil based firm named Gasco.
However, the entrepreneurial instinct of Hussain Sajwani didn’t let him do the job for long, and he started Al Jazeera Services. It is a catering and support services provider firm that continue to operate till date and manages over 200 projects currently.
Moreover, even after Damac Properties has become the primary source of income for the Hussain Sajwani family, he ensures that Al Jazeera Services continues to get the attention it needs from him. It is a firm that has provided services to construction giants like Bechtel and even U.S. Military Service.
After successfully leading Al Jazeera Services, Hussain Sajwani thought about branching into new streams of revenue, and this is when he discovered and realized the potential in the real estate business of Dubai and the Middle East. He shifted back to Dubai and purchased a plot of land in the outskirts of the city. Soon after buying the plot, he in collaboration with the famous architects in the city designed a 35 story residential complex.
The Damac owner managed to market the project successfully among the affluent society of Dubai and sold off the project completely even before the first brick was led by the construction of the project. It is what marked the beginning of Damac Properties, and a new journey began for Hussain Sajwani.
He is also a highly passionate philanthropist and believes in giving back to the society. Hussain Sajwani donated AED 2 Million at an event recently to provide clean clothing to poor children. He has also collaborated with Donald Trump’s real estate firm to develop international level golf courses in his residential projects in Dubai.
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Whitney Wolfe is the founder and creator of Bumble, and she has spent years in the world of startups. Recently, she was brought together with a team of other successful business professionals who also launched great apps that have reached millions of users and downloads.
Whitney Wolfe believes that it’s important to find people who vibe with your brand and to honor those who have spent their time believing in your vision. When she started Bumble, she only had a couple humbled professionals joining her to get the app developed and built. Today, it’s a successful app and she still uses the same people on her team to help out on other projects throughout the industry. This allows for her to have trustworthy people work towards the new people who plan on joining the team. Whitney Wolfe is very hardworking in the sense that she truly values what they do as a company as a whole.
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They spoke also about the importance of finding people who fit the brand despite only being a startup. You don’t want to have a debbie-downer always talking negatively about your business. This can affect your brand so bad, and it’s so important to know how to get rid of people who don’t believe in what you have to offer. The key is to strive towards improving your company and finding efficiently driven people so you can actually succeed.
Whitney Wolfe is the defining business woman who understands every aspect of business development. Her hard work throughout startups have led her to the goldmine the is Bumble today. Only time will tell where Bumble goes next.
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Open Society Foundations (OSF) isn’t like other foundations that award discretionary grants. Largely based on the significant ideologies of founder, George Soros. Soros created OSF in 1993; which is unique political and social backing gift giving network. Because it definitely bears the philosophical imprint of George Soros, as a grant making organization, OSF continually strives to make the greatest impact in political, social and global arenas.
George Soros started out by selecting a name from the title of a book by Sir Karl Raimund Poppe. However, long before OSF, Soros was a visionary of change; he felt compelled to help conform the “ideology” of Communism. His first philanthropic endeavor was signed in May, 1984. It was a joint effort that established a working partnership between the Soros Foundation and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. That initial signed contract would later be preserved as an original document, as a part of the Soros Foundation Budapest.
Soros’ foundations concentrates the bulk of their time on supporting a variety of human rights initiatives. As with all of Soros charitable and philanthropic work, he isn’t afraid to put strong financial backing towards worthy causes. Some of the most notable gift giving expenditures have included: $2.9 billion dollars to help protect the rights of women and rally against ethnic, racial and LGBTQ discriminatory practices. Another $2.1 billion was spent improving the quality of education and also to strengthen democratic roots in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
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George Soros philanthropic organizations are often overshadowed by the American political climate. But, one only has to look closely to see how he isn’t just a man of ideas; he puts his financial support wholeheartedly towards causes that have global importance. In the introduction to his Open Society Foundations biography, we are provided with more personalized details about his philanthropic organization. Read more on NYTimes.com.
Having given a measurable sum of $12 billion to numerous foundations over the years; George Soros is making a firsthand social impact. His interest in global human rights, was etched into his soul by the atrocities he witnessed growing up in Hungary. Soros talks about his family’s fight for survival, it was a profound struggle against Communism. The gift giving he has done and continues to do was born out of determination to help those people who are still struggling.
After the Communist takeover of Hungary, a young Soros departed his homeland. He moved to London and began his educational pursuits; later starting a financial trading career. A career that helped amass a substantial fortune. He immediately founded, the Soros Fund Management. This American hedge fund would lead to George Soros being regarded as one of the most successful investor in current times.
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Identifying investments that will yield profitable returns is a challenge to many investors. Many are the cases we witness people committing their finances to investment projects that later on crumble and they end up losing their funds. However, this is not the case with Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC Properties.
Hussain Sajwani was born in 1956. He commenced his career at GASCO, a subsidiary oil company of Abu Dhabi Oil, as a Contracts Manager. Before then, he attended and graduated from the Washington University. With growth in his management experience, he opted to start his catering service enterprise in 1982. Read more: Hussain Sajwani | Forbes
His need for expansion was felt ten years later when his ventures experienced tremendous growth. He built hotels to hold the ever increasing number of business and trade persons in the Emirates. More so, his success among others led to the expansion of the property market in Dubai.
Hussain Sajwani is an aggressive investor that many admire. He has hugely committed his finances in the capital and global securities markets. In 1992, for instance, he went ahead to establish DICO Investments, one of his top investment companies.
Additionally, he has had his eyes on the construction and building industry by setting up Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles and Al Amana Building Materials in Oman. Also, his focus on the catering sector did not cease since he founded the Al Jazeira Services that has since expanded from the Middle East into Africa. Learn more about DAMAC owner: https://www.damacproperties.com/en/media-centre/press-releases/damac-properties-inaugurates-trump-international-golf-club-dubai
Twenty years down the line, Hussain Sajwani established DAMAC Properties. The company has experienced remarkable growth to become the largest properties firm in the United Arab Emirates.
It has its headquarters in Dubai, and it has witnessed success in the development of 17,900 new properties and the improvement of 44,000 others. The firm has combined efforts to create and develop state-of-the-art properties with various other personalities like Tiger Woods, Versace, and Fendi, Bugatti among others.
DAMAC Properties has also established a hospitality department, which is aimed at providing bespoke services to its residents. Besides, Hussain Sajwani has participated in charitable endeavors by donating millions towards clothing a million underprivileged children globally.
Flavio Maluf was not aware of his potential as a bachelor’s degree holder from the University of Penteado Foundation based in Sao Paulo. Flavio Maluf was one of the best students of the career discipline in the university because he graduated with the highest honours in that discipline. During his time in college, all students including the teachers had an idea of what he would make as a young innovator in the worked mechanical engineering on segs.com.br. However, Flavio Maluf had all it took to carry on business life and lay aside the world of mechanical engineering and all careers associated with the discipline.
When he finished his career education and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he knew it was the first step towards embracing the true nature of the business world in Brazil. For this reason, Flavio Maluf worked to make a better decision to have further education in business administration and management to make him a better leader in the country. Flavio Maluf was one of the best students who attained a qualification to attend the University of New York and get the rarest opportunity to study in Business Management and Administration in the University on Economia.estadao.com.br. For more than one decade, Flavio Maluf studied and worked in the college.
When the time come for him to get off, he went straight to Eucatex had asked for a job at the trading section of the company, he started by exercising what he had learnt in the university of new York as a business administrator and manager. Flavio Maluf used this knowledge to develop business allies with neighbouring countries which served as the export points of their products. It was during his time when the company started exporting its goods to other parts of the country.
For more than three years, Flavio Maluf worked in that section. He later went on to work in the manufacturing department of Eucaex Group of Companies at http://maringa.odiario.com/economia/2016/12/conheca-com-flavio-maluf-algumas-dicas-para-nao-perder-a-produtividade-no-trabalho/2299424/. This was the section that brought out the real goodness of his nature. Because he was one of the most innovative people in the company, Flavio Maluf worked to develop servicing and repair mechanisms to machines in a new way.