Businessman Mike Baur is using Swiss Startup Factory, the company he co-founded in 2014, to helps young Swiss entrepreneurs find an easier path to success. Baur is investing a great deal of his time and money in the project. He personally mentors the entrepreneurs and is responsible for raising funds to run the new business accelerator. But Baur’s commitment to young Swiss entrepreneurs goes beyond his Swiss Startup Factory. He also works with a variety of other entities to ensure young business people get the support they need to overcome the common pitfalls they will face that can be a barrier to their success.
Baur is director and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association. The organization works to help a number of new business incubators to get the guidance and resources they need to help startups to do well. Mike Baur has worked with the Goldbach Group, Fintech Fusion, CTI and the START Summiteer to help young Swiss entrepreneurs network with each other and attain the goals they have for their businesses. He has played a very important role in helping those entrepreneurs and the business incubators with which they work to have success.
Having a dream and working to make it a reality is nothing new to Mike Baur. As a youth in Fribourg, Switzerland he was very interested in finance and banking. After earning MBAs from the University of Bern and the University of Rochester New York, he accepted an entry level position with the financial institution UBS as a commercial apprentice. Over the course of almost 20 years he was able to get increasingly important positions with prestigious financial services companies like Clariden Leu. When he retired at age 39, Baur had secured a position on the executive board of a major Swiss private bank.
After retiring Mike Baur turned his attention to helping young entrepreneurs. He got together with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer and created Swiss Startup Factory. Now acknowledged as Switzerland’s top privately owned new business incubator, SSF runs an intensive 3 month program providing mentorship, financial support, office space and an array of other services. SSF also connects the startups to an international network of investors and entrepreneurs. Swiss Startup Factory and Mie Baur work with several groups of businesses each year.
In December 2016 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about Mike Baur’s business career and his work with Swiss Startup Factory.
Arthur Becker is a technology executive and a real estate and financial investor. Mr. Becker attended Bennginton College, which is a private liberal arts college in Vermont for his undergraduate studies. He graduated from Bennington College in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree. After completing his undergraduate studies, Arthur pursued a graduate degree at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He completed an MBA in business administration at the Tuck School of business in 1973.
In 2001, Mr. Becker was hired as a managing partner at Madison Technology Group. Based in Colorado, Madison Technology Group is a technology management and consulting company. It provides solutions in areas such as logistics, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and business intelligence using software and management and process restructuring. Most of the clients of Madison Technology Group come from large consulting and tech companies such as IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2002, Arthur Becker joined information technology company, Navisite. Based in Andover, Massachusetts, Navisite provides outsourcing solutions for IT services such as hosting, applications, and Cloud desktops and infrastructure. Navisite’s goal is to provide its clients with a way to reduce costs in their IT department through outsourcing while still providing a top notch quality service and reliability. Mr. Becker served as chief executive officer at Navisite and was also a board member from 2002 until 2010, when he left the company. Also in 2002, Mr. Becker became a managing partner at the financial investment firm called Atlantic Investors, LLC. See, http://perezhilton.com/tag/arthur_becker/.
Mr. Becker joined Zinio and became its chief executive officer and board chairman in 2012. Zinio is a digital newsstand. According to Fashionista.com, it provides people with access to over 5,500 different magazines through a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. To use Zinio, a person must download the Zinio application for their smartphone or tablet or the Zinio program for their computer. Zinio is based in New York City and also has a presence in Europe.
In a recent report by NY Times, Arthur Becker has invested in luxury real estate property in Manhattan. He now owns three luxury townhouses at 10 Sullivan Street that was developed by Madison Equities and Property Markets Group. Becker was one of the investors who put money for the luxury development to proceed and chose to take property as payback instead of financial equity.
Recently, Shaygan Kheradpir took over as the chief executive officer of Coriant from Pat DiPietro. Since the beginning of the year, Kheradpir has had a close working relationship with the senior management team at Coriant. Kheradpir is well known as a business and technology expert. Shaygan has rendered his services in the technology, telecom and financial services industries for more than 28 years.
Di Pietro is now the vice chairman of Coriant and operating partner at Marlin Equity Corporation. He said that Coriant is happy and fortunate to have Shaygan as part of its team. His focused operational execution have been highly valuable for the firm since the beginning of the year when he worked as an advisor for the Marlin Equity partners, a subsidiary of Coriant. The firm believes that his experience is set to ensure that Coriant surpasses its major competitors and increase revenue. This information was originally reported on Light Reading as seen in this link http://www.lightreading.com/optical/packet-optical/kheradpirs-coriant-comeback/a/d-id/718548
Pat was appointed the president and chief executive officer of Coriant in 2014. He was in charge of integrating the different functions of Marlin Equity Partners, which includes Tellabs, Sycamore Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks. The change from Di Pietro to Shaygan indicates the completion of the portfolio development and integration phase of the company. In essence, the two executives have simply switched roles, as Shaygan was the operating partner at Marlin. This information was originally published on Light Wave Online as found in this link http://www.lightwaveonline.com/articles/2015/09/shaygan-kheradpir-new-coriant-chairman-and-ceo.html
Shaygan received his undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degree in engineering from the esteemed Cornel University. His career started at GTE Corporation. He rose through the ranks to become the executive vice president and chief information officer of Verizon. Together with his team, he led in the innovation, modernization and introduction of product initiatives. FiOS, which is one of the largest infrastructure programs, ranks as one of his greatest projects. The project required a capital investment of over $20 billion.
Prior to joining Coriant, he was the Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners. He was in charge of technology and telecom investments. Shaygan sits on the advisory board of the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology. This information was originally reported on Shaygan Kheradpir’s website as seen in this link: http://www.shaygankheradpir.com/biography.html