Mike Baur Is Finding New Ways To Accelerate Switzerland’s Startup Guilds

Mike Baur is a former bank manager turned venture capitalist and entrepreneur coach who is working to spur the growth of Swiss business startups. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory just a few years ago to be an incubator for bringing the plans of up and coming entrepreneurs to execution phase, and an accelerator that can give them the capital they need to mature in only three months. Baur founded this company on the basis that it was time for the Swiss economy to adapt and encourage its business community to invest in new technology and take risks on its younger generation. There’ve been many disruptive companies that have started out in the SSUF portfolio which are now independent in cash flow, but some current companies Baur supports are Base 58 Capital, Snowcookie and Evolute.

 

Mike Baur’s movement into the digital startup investment industry came after over 20 years in banking. In Switzerland, going into a professional occupation of any kind is a little different than the US because young people start out in apprenticeship programs at age 16, and that’s where Baur was when he began at UBS Bank. Banking at that time was considered the one of the most lucrative professions to enroll in, and Baur was told that if he stuck to a plan he would become a ranking member of UBS and eventually retire at a certain age. He certainly gained the confidence of his superiors during his time at UBS, and by his 30s he was already in a management position. But 2008 came during the height of Baur’s time at UBS and eventually closed the branch Baur was working at. Baur did go to Clariden Leu for several years, but Baur noted that things had changed in banking and not for the better.

 

Mike Baur decided it was time to look at where the millennial business community was headed in Switzerland, and build a company structured around it. The SSUF gained the support of other investment gurus like Max Meister who currently serves as CEO, and firms like the Goldback Group and CTI. Microsoft’s European division and Red Bull Media also have come on-board to sponsor the SSUF. Basically, Baur put an application process that takes entrants through vetting to see if their ideas is a good one, and if they pass that process, they’re taken through a rigorous 3-month program and if they graduate, they can have office space to work from. So far thousands of startups have become alumni of the SSUF.

 

George Soros And The Pursuit Of Philanthropic Progress.

There has been a turning of the tide in the political world over the past decade. From the high-class and proficient Presidency of Barak Obama to whatever it is that we have going on in D.C. with President Trump, things have changed. Throughout those years there has been some consistency, however, and it comes by way of George Soros. Soros is a billionaire hedge fund manager who is as well known for his work on the financial markets as he is for his work in philanthropy. In the waning months of 2017, Soros decided to take a massive step forward in order to shift his philanthropy/financial market ratio even more. George Soros made headlines around the world when it was revealed that he had donated nearly $18 billion of his own personal fortune to charity.

What sets George Soros apart from some of the other wealthiest men and women on Earth has been his willingness to take a political stand. Soros is a folk hero to the progressive crowd thanks to his massive campaign contributions over the past 20+ years to progressive candidates. Soros has steadfastly worked to oppose some of the most destructive decisions that have plagued this country including the Iraq war and the election campaign of Donald Trump. By doing this, Soros has become enemy #1 to conservative media pundits and they were more than willing to slam Soros’ for his recent philanthropic outreach.

The demonization of philanthropy has been an ongoing issue for progressive donors. No matter how well-intentioned, no progressive will ever pass the conservative purity test and so it was with George Soros. When news broke that Soros had shifted the bulk of wealth to charity, the hysteria emanating from the Murdoch and Koch fueled media giants was almost deafening. One figure even likened George Soros to Darth Vader by saying that the massive fortune shift was made in order to craft a ‘personal progressive Death Star’.

Despite all of the hyperbole and offensive, personal attacks, George Soros continues to take a stand for what he believes in — particularly by way of his philanthropy. George Soros founded the Open Society Foundations in the ’70s as an outlet to try and change the world for the better. Through the OSF, Soros endeavored to create a foundation that could hand out grants to grassroots foundations around the globe. His goal was simple: to blur the lines between our artificial borders in pursuit of a humanitarian focus.

Since its inception, the Open Society Foundations has helped people on every continent. From the persecuted Roma people in Europe to African Americans suffering during Apartheid, the OSF has been there to help out. In 2017, the Open Society Foundations racked up an operating cost of nearly $1 billion through all of their work. Now, with an extra $18 billion in the bank it looks like the Open Society Foundations will be positioned to work hard for long time. It seems that no matter how loudly Soros is shouted down by the right, he just keeps on helping.

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Ted Bauman Predicts a Bull Market for Emerging Markets

Born in Washington D.C., Ted Bauman moved to South Africa as a young man, living and working there for 25 years. Because of that experience, he has insight into South Africa’s stock market that other analysts in the United States lack. According to his analysis, until the last elections, South Africa was suffering from political and economic mismanagement. This naturally adversely affected the value of its stock market. During the election, the people voted in reformers who had different ideas about how to run the country. When this happened, Bauman knew the country’s economy and its stock market would go up in response.

Because of his insight and analysis, Bauman increased his investments in South Africa. In just three weeks, those investments went up 13%. In the United States, the S&P 500 went up only 2.5% in that period. And Ted Bauman believed South Africa’s markets would continue to rise, so he bought the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF. His investments went up, 70% higher than the S&P 500 for the same period.

Now Bauman believes that many emerging markets such as South Africa will have bull runs in the coming year. Yet everybody on Wall Street is looking just at the U.S. stock market. The S&P 500 has been going up at a tremendous rate, so nobody is paying attention what is happening in emerging markets, where stocks are rising even higher. And Bauman predicts that trend will continue in 2018.

One reason emerging markets stand to do well is the United States dollar is losing strength. In 2017, the dollar had its worst performance in 14 years. If a country’s currency goes up in value against the United States dollar, then its price in U.S. dollar goes up. However, the high performance of emerging markets in 2017 was mainly due to stronger corporate earnings. ┬áVisit Twitter.com for more info.

Therefore, he recommends investors buy such exchange traded funds as iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: IEMG), iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: EEM) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: VWO).

Bauman is the Editorial Director at Banyan Hill Publishing. He edits his own newsletters, The Bauman Letter and The Plan B Club. He gives his subscribers the latest information on how they can live with the least amount of government interference and the most privacy. He constantly looks for safe ways to keep and maintain your wealth using asset protection strategies.

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