Mike Baur Lends Expertise to Start Ups

Mike Baur is a co-founder and managing partner for the Swiss Start Up Factory (SSUF), along with his partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He is also a speaker at the World Web Forum on the Investor Panel, co-founder and Director of the Swiss Start up Association, and also became the Deputy Managing Director of CTI when they partnered with SSUF. With an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne, Mike takes his passion of helping young entrepreneurs to a whole new level with his role in the company.


The Swiss Start Up Factory is a Zurich based company that launched in 2014. It offers a three month acceleration program for new start ups with the intention of helping to get them on their feet and offering support in a lot of different areas. It is the number one independent and privately financed early stage start up company in Switzerland, and offers everything from pitch training and coaching to access to their market research team, marketing/IT/accounting support, and product development assistance. The company takes on two batches per year, one in February and another in September for their three month acceleration program that offers another six months of support post-program. The program offers three main areas, covering finance, which includes assistance gaining financial support from investors, business development, their model being “Build, Measure, Learn”, and leadership and management, which offers their expertise in getting, and keeping, the best people possible for your company.


Before leaving to help found SSUF, Mike spent 20 years working in the Swiss banking industry, for both UBS and Clariden Leu. He has used his vast amount of knowledge in this area to help out start ups with fund raising and financing rounds for the company. He also invests a lot of his time to the Young Swiss Entrepreneurs and supports various different start ups, both financially and as a mentor. He has also served as a jury member for the START Summiteer, which is a start up pitching contest for the University of St. Gallen. For more information on SSUF, you can visit their homepage here.


IAP Worldwide Leads In Logistics

Stepping Up To The Challenge
Distribution is a tricky thing. To deliver goods across states, countries, and continents you need a carefully crafted system and capable hands. IAP Worldwide provides just that for the clientele it serves. From militaries in need of battle supplies to nonprofits delivering vital supplies IAP Worldwide has its work cut out. Fortunately IAP Worldwide has some of the best engineers and logistics experts in the world on its team. They take their understanding to give each project IAP takes on the most precise measurements and optimized designs. Without these minds the world as we know it is impossible.

Working For An Entire Country
The best exemplar of IAP Worldwide is the air traffic system the firm built for Afghanistan recently. After years of war and other forms of devastation Afghanistan needed some means of regulating the aircraft traffic flow between its various airports. Understanding the strength of IAP the national Afghan government trusted IAP to create it. After building the air traffic system IAP created a company with the task of regulating the air traffic system. This task, building a complex system and a company to regulate it, is exactly the sort of thing IAP specializes in.

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Finding The Right People
The work IAP Worldwide does requires a vast workforce of people with a diverse array of talents. Naturally IAP Worldwide is one of the America’s top hirers. Taking a look at the IAP Careers page found on their website you can find jobs for everyone from engineers to construction workers. Logistics is a fairly lengthy process. Engineers design the infrastructure needed for deliveries, accountants examine the costs, and once everything is in place construction teams set development into motion. There is never a lack of opportunity at IAP Worldwide.

The Government’s Helping Hand
Much of the work IAP Worldwide does revolves around the government. Although this usually means performing some task for the military it can also involve assisting civilians. When Hurricane Matthew struck the Atlantic Coast IAP Worldwide was responsible for delivering clean water and other supplies to affected individuals. In fact in just about every step in the disaster relief the logistics of IAP played a role. IAP had to create supply routes, find the victims of the hurricane, and ensure their safety. Fortunately IAP had the world’s most capable hands working for them to sort out this tragedy.

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A Statement Regarding the Contaminated Water Systems at the Upper Mountain of Squaw Valley

On 8th November news emerged that some bacteria, E. coli, and coliform were detected in the drinking water in the upper mountain of Squaw Valley. The report initially got reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. The public Relation Director of Squaw Valley came on board to issue a complete statement based the news.

In response the potential health problem, the water was continuously treated and slowly there were some improvements. The upper mountain usually gets served by four wells. Wesley Nicks who is the director of Placer County Environmental Health was speaking to Sierra Sun Tuesday, and he confirmed that three wells are safe from E. coli, and only low levels of coliform were remaining.

Restaurants at or near the upper mountain were not in operational as the water treatment exercise was still underway. The skiers got banned from drinking the water as well to avoid health issues and fortunately no incident has been reported yet. All other activities are still operational around the area including skiing up and down at the ski resort.

On Sunday, November 30, Liesl Kennedy who serves as a Public Relations Director of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows gave a statement regarding the water quality in the area.

Below are some the facts that he stated that are underlying the water quality at the upper mountain of Squaw Valley.

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He began by saying that the heavy rains that fell in the month of October was quite unusual and ended up causing damage to the water systems in Placer County. Squaw Valley had an issue with the water systems during summer, and new upgraded systems got installed in the area. The system’s installation at Gold Coast and High Camp led to the contamination of the system. Only the systems in the area got affected, and the polluted water was not available for consumption by the public.

The second fact by Kennedy was that during their routine testing of the water they were able to detect the underlying problem and immediately took action. They first communicated to the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health as well and asked for help. He says that the two organizations contributed in resolving the issue by treating the water and ensuring it are not consumed for any purpose by the public until the water is clean and safe for consumption. He promised that they are going to make sure that the regular water consumption at Gold Coast and High Camp will not be available, till the water safety experts and other health officials give a go ahead.

He added that all they care about is the safety of their customers and that is why they took great responsibility on this particular safety issue. Liesl Kennedy assured the people that they would continue enjoying all the facilities offered at High Camp and Gold Coast once the water issue is resolved. The guests were promised to enjoy free bottled drinking water after the reopening of their services.

Liesl Kennedy noted that he would inform the guests when they are fully back in operation and also took the opportunity to thank the water safety experts for their assistance in resolving the issue.