Mike Baur is known to many as the founder of Think Reloaded. Others know him as the experienced banker who has worked for nearly 20 years in Private Banking in Switzerland. He rose in his career to become an executive board member of UBS, which is among the largest Private Banks in Switzerland.
It was in 2014 that Mike Baur founded Think Reloaded. This is a firm providing strategic advice to wealthy families as well as individuals. Due to this company, Mike Baur is considered as an important figure in the world of startups in Switzerland. He has even been featured in the Wall Street Journal. This was in December 2016.
It was in 2015 that Mike Baur co-founded the startup accelerator known as the Swiss Startup Factory. His MBA is from the University of Rochester New York. He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. He is happily married. He has two kids.
He got the idea for the Swiss Startup Factory as he has been a startup investor himself. He has helped several startup pitches as well as startup presentations as they were simply too average. This was when he decided to create some kind of a business execution platform. In this way, he would like to enhance the quality of startups in Switzerland that are at an early level and take them to the next level.
Mike Baur does not believe in providing plain coaching as this is what several other startup incubators are doing. He believes in providing selected startup teams an execution that is tough as well as execution driven. He was already aware that Switzerland is offering several governmental support programs that are ideally for the startups. But he was still convinced that he had to do it himself.
He always knew that startup acceleration could be very intense. His schedule will always be jam-packed as his program for the day will be changing very fast. All this will depend on the needs of those startups with which he is dealing. He likes to get up early so that he is able to answer all the emails before starting his day. This allows him to focus his day on working with people. This would mean that he would not be sitting behind his computer screen all through the day working on his emails. He likes to interact with the people on a person-to-person basis. He is also well aware that working with startups can lead to a low-level of productivity. This is why he would like to focus only on the urgent issues in order to make it as productive as he possibly can.
He likes to work with a lean business model approach. He likes to test ideas that are quite early in the market. He knows that an idea may appear to be quite fantastic, but it may not be required by the market or even the potential customers. Hence building such a product would not be sensible. It would be a sheer waste of time, and money, and energy.