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Swedish Entrepreneur Mike Baur

Growing up in Switzerland Mike Baur always had a fascination with the banking and finance industry. In order to pursue his dream of achieving a career in the field, he went to the University of Applied Science Bern where he graduated with his a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking And Finance. Later he went on to obtain an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and an Executive Master of Business Administration at the University of Bern.

Mike Baur spent 20 years in the Swedish banking industry. Among the well-known banks he worked for are UBS Wealth Management, Clariden Leu, and Sallfort Privatbank AG. In 2014 he left the banking industry behind when he founded his own companies, Baur IS and Think Reloaded AG, where he invests in start-up companies. Baur is also a co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory AG and serves as its Executive Chairman. Mike Baur and Max Meister started this company in 2014 in order to help other entrepreneurs create globally disruptive companies.

The core of Swiss Startup Factory is to provide entrepreneurs with a three month program when they are at the earliest stages of building their brand and company. While in this program the entrepreneur is provided with an open office space where they can discuss and collaborate on their plans with other entrepreneurs as well as Baur and other members of the Swiss Startup Factory team. In this environment they receive coaching, mentoring, financing, business services, and access to a worldwide network of entrepreneurs and investors that the leadership of Swiss Startup Factory has built up over the years. In 2016 Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest and Mike Baur was named as Deputy Chief Manager of CTI Invest.

Recently Mike Baur announced that they were ready for the next development phase and so are introducing a high-profile Advisory Board to Swiss Startup Factory. The Advisory Board will support the young startups in the three month program and open them up to more key stakeholders. They so far have named 9 business leaders to the Advisory Board and will be adding more as the year goes on. Baur commented that he was quite happy that they were able to bring these high-profile people into the fold and was looking forward to the future when Swiss Startup Factory is a key player in the startup scene both in Switzerland and around the world.

Spotlight on Don Ressler and the History of JustFab

JustFab Incorporated refers to an online fashion retailer that deals in shoes, jewelry, handbags and denim. The online subscription site provides a personalized shopping based on the fashion preferences of a member. It is the parent company of other brands that are based on membership like FabKids, Fabletics, ShoeDazzle and JustFab. The retailer rebranded itself later to TechStyle Fashion Group.

History and Funding

Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler founded the company back in March 2010. In September 2011, Kimora Lee Simmons joined the company as the president and creative director. JustFab was funded by the Matrix Partners, US venture capital firm, to the tune of $33 million in 2011. The company further received an additional $76 million in 2012 from Rho Ventures, Matrix Partners, Intelligent Beauty and Technology Crossover Ventures. It was able to expand internationally to countries such as the UK, Germany and Canada.

Read more: Former Intermix COO Raises $33M For Fashion Brand JustFabulous

Acquisition of Other Companies

In January 2013, JustFab (as it was then) purchased FabKids, a subscription company for kid’s fashion. The two companies had no previous association despite the close similarity in their names. There was a television show about JustFab sub brand titled Kimora: House of Fab. It covered Simmon’s role and the daily operations of the company in marketing, public relations and merchandising. The company embarked on an international expansion plan through its acquisition of Fab Shoes back in May 2013. In August 2013, the company then acquired a rival shoe company ShoeDazzle.

In September 2013, the two CEOs, Adam GOldenberg and Don Ressler of TechStyle announced that the company had successfully closed $40 million in a third funding round to help in accelerating its fast international growth and venture into new categories of products. In August 2014, the company reported that it had managed to close a further additional funding round of $85 million. This was led by the Passport Special Opportunity Fund and existing investors like Matrix Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Shining Capital also participated. Fabletics, dealing in athletic wear, was founded by the two TechStyle’s CEOs and Kate Hudson in 2013.

About Don Ressler

Don Ressler is a successful entrepreneur and businessman. Don Ressler is well known for his role in establishing JustFab. Ressler has a passion and talent in recognizing the current fashion trends, growing businesses and developing brands that lead the industry. He is also the backbone of other successful startups like Alena Media, JustFab and Intelligent Beauty. Don Ressler’s success in business can be traced to his earlier days when he was an internet consultant to mentor companies to exploit online marketplaces.

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David Osio’s Real Estate Company Launches an Exceptional Mobile Application

A new real estate application was launched by the executive board of directors of Davos Real Estate Group on June 22, 2016. Among those who were present during the launch are Pablo Bausili and Gerard Gonzãlez. The new Davos CAP Calculator app is designed to help clients calculate the returns on real estate investments that they wish to acquire. The app was designed and developed by Tecknolution and monitored by the executive director of Davos Real Estate Group (REG), Gerald Gonzãlez. It runs on iOS and Android devices. It comprises of complementary apps that help a person to identify real estate properties and submit real estate reports to realtors at Davos REG.

How the Davos CAP Calculator Works

The Davos CAP Calculator app is one of the products that seeks to increase the customer base of Davos REG. Mr. Gonzãlez said that the app was developed based on the company’s business objective, which is to provide clients with investment advice based on their needs. He also mentioned that the app would offer real estate investors with financial insights on how to buy properties.

Mr. Gonzãlez said that the app could project rent estimates of a particular property based on the income of a person. In addition to projecting rent estimates, the app has a Mortgage Calculator. This add-on allows Davos REG’s clients to calculate the cost of their mortgages based on interest rate, time, and bank projections.

About David Osio

David Osio is a successful Venezuelan businessman who is also the CEO and founder of Davos Financial Group (DFG). The financial company mainly serves the Latin American population and has been in operation for more than twenty years. Osio attended the high-status Catholic University Andres Bello and graduated with an international banking law degree. He was the vice president of Banco Latino International. During his term, he helped the bank to secure a spot in the global market by diversifying its portfolio. Osio has leadership positions at Consolidated Bank, MGO, and Ferro. The skills that he acquired from Swiss Bank Corporation and the American Banking Association enabled him to start DFG.

Osio is also actively involved in charity work. Through his Davos group of companies, he supports the UMA Foundation, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Fundana Foundation. He has pocketed several accolades for his philanthropy and business ventures. These include the United State Congress Medal of Honor and the 2009 Movers and Shakers award.

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David Oslo REG Launches New Real Estate Application

In June of this year, Davos Real Estate Group (REG) recently developed an app called “Davos CAP Calculator”, given said name in a statement to its customers. Says Gerard Gonzales, “Through Davos CAP Calculator, customers can estimate the price of rent on the property that best suits (their) projected income.” Davos says that this app will be useful when gauging the ROI of real estate properties. The app was developed by Tecknolution, whom Gonzales began working with to make the app useful when calculating real estate. The app is currently available for both IOS and Android devices. The app, in fact, is part of a series of complementary apps focused on providing property identification and assistance via a chat with an agent at Davos REG. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-osio-a3ba047

David Osio himself is the founder of Davos Financial Group of companies in Venezuela. Since its founding in 1993, Davos functions on providing financial advice to certain customers. Since 1981, when Osio managed a coffee export program as CEO, he has found himself being in charge of several positions. In 1984, he joined the Caracas law firm MGO, where he managed corporate clients such as Consolidated Bank and Ferro Corp.

The success of Davos Financial Group lies in its ability to tailor each of its financial advice sectors towards the needs of its clients, allowing each client to receive one on one consulting. According to PR News, Davos REG recently took on a 60% increase in the number of agents, resulting in a 75% sales increase.

Says David Osio of the new application for real estate clients “The direction of Davos REG, in line with what has been our business objective, has seen the need to develop a mobile application that allows us to assist in financially guiding our clients when investing in real estate in the United States.”

Additionally, David Osio has received many awards because of his generous charitable work, including the Medal of Honor by the United States Congress, and is a 2014 Miami Award Winner. He has received many awards for his charitable work, especially from Florida.

The original article on the application can be found here

Don Ressler, the Entrepreneur behind JustFab Inc. and Fabletics e-commerce Fashion Companies

Don Ressler is an entrepreneur who has founded and established many companies. Don Ressler is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Intelligent Beauty, Inc, and Fabletics. He cofounded and served as a chief executive officer and president of Fitness Heaven.com, Inc. Don Ressler also cofounded Alena Media, a multi-million venture.

Don Ressler and his counterpart Adam Goldenberg created a brand building enterprise. They gathered a team From Alena, held a series of brainstorming sessions, and founded Intelligent Beauty. Intelligent Beauty was a consumer-centered brand-building business.

Through Intelligent Beauty, DermStore, an e-commerce skin care cosmetic business was formed.  Ressler and his team also established Sensa, a weight management system. As a brand incubator, Intelligent Beauty also enabled the creation of JustFab in 2010.

JustFab Inc.
The company is based in El Segundo, Calif. It is a leading fashion subscription e-commerce company. Its members benefit from fashion tips, content, and clickable style boards that enable users to shop complete outfits. It has an experienced team of fashion consultants, who offer expert advice to clients. JustFab operates in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and Netherlands.

The company value is estimated to be $1 billion. The company began as an e-commerce footwear company. It later started dealing in jewelry and handbags and has plans to start selling ready-to-wear attire. The company boasts of about 35 million subscribers.

JustFab on perezhilton.com offers its members a chance to shop in a customized boutique each month. The styles stocked are uniquely chosen by fashion stylists and are selected based on current fashion trends. Most of the products cost below $40 and comes with free shipping. New members are entitled to a 50% discount on the first item they purchase.

JustFab trades on different types of products. It sells different types of shoes such as ballet flats, gladiator sandals, tall boots, and pumps. It also stocks handbags, jewelry, and latest denim styles. The company sells stylish bags designed by industry icons such as Iron Fist, Hello Kitty, and Elle &Blair fowler. In 2013, JustFab started dealing in a children’s subscription company, FabKids. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JustFab

For clients who always admire products designed by celebrity stylists, JustFab will enable them to buy them. JustFab has been featured on top media networks such as MTV and the Style Channel. It has also been highlighted in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and People Magazine.

JustFab’s products are affordable and always trendy. Its bragging rights include a clean record of maintaining high quality customer care and customer satisfaction.

Kheradpir’s Hire to Coriant

In 2015, Shaygan Kheradpir was named the new CEO and Chairman of the Board of transport vendor, Coriant. He took the place of Pat DiPietro who took the vice chairman of Coriant position and also resumed his former position as operating partner of Marlin Equity Partners. Marlin is actually the founding and current owning company of Coriant. It originally created Coriant by purchasing and then combining several other companies. Before placing Kheradpir in the CEO of Coriant position, the Marlin leadership team had already been personally familiarized with his leadership style since he had already been an operating partner at Marlin for about a year.

His stint at Marlin, however, was not his first experience in leadership by a long shot. He had already had more than 28 very successful years of leadership in a variety of industries including telecom, technology, and financial services. He has previously had very exemplary leadership at GTE, Verizon Communications, and Barclays Bank. He began his leadership career by attaining several degrees in engineering at Cornell University. Then he worked at GTE, which founded Verizon Communications. Upon doing so, GTE made Kheradpir its EVP and CIO. This was a very good decision on their part.
He quickly proved himself in the company and was soon its top leader. Over the next few years he led the company to become the number one telecommunications firm in the world and revolutionized telecommunications technology. After leaving the company in very good stead, he joined the team of Barclays Bank, where he soon became part of its Executive Committee. While there he ran the operations of banks in 50 countries and was instrumental in developing the bank’s historic TRANSFORM program.

The Marlin leadership is very optimistic about his equal success with the future leadership of current. There are those who are a bit skeptical because of his short stint with Juniper, his last CEO job, but these skeptics are few. Most are confident that he is more than ready to take on a company that has around 500 customers in more than 100 countries and annual revenues of around $1 billion. For the full article about Kheradpir’s hire to Coriant see http://www.lightreading.com/optical/packet-optical/kheradpirs-coriant-comeback/a/d-id/718548

Learn more:

http://www.fibre-systems.com/news/story/coriant-appoints-shaygan-kheradpir-new-ceo

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/former-juniper-ceo-verizon-veteran-kheradpir-takes-reins-coriant/2015-09-29

Martin Lustgarten’s Take On Investment Banking

Lustgarten, Martin is an investment banking firm located in Florida that was founded by Martin Lustgarten, who resides as the company’s CEO. Today, Martin is in his fifties and lives in Miami with his family and two children. When it comes to the investment industry, Martin has been in the game for a long time, even his hobbies are recognized.
The investment industry, especially investment banking, is difficult to get accepted into. It takes a great deal of experience and understanding to make it in investment banking, someone like Martin Lustgarten knows this very well since he had to fight hard to find his way in.

For any would-be investment bankers, Martin Lustgarten (Twitter.com) knows the ins and outs of breaking into the investment industry and becoming distinguished. It’s important to check up on more than one firm for business opportunities. Martin has many different companies that he recommends, like Royal Oaks Venture and DB agency, most of which are easily found with a quick search.

Even with his reputation in the investment industry, Martin still gives advice for investment ideas and strategy to many clients. As the CEO of the company, Martin manages all the daily operations that occur day to day at the firm to ensure that everything continues to run with ease. Martin never misses a chance to help out his clients with securing financial dealings as well as organizing and building funds for transactions. With the variety of services that Martin offers, the firm can work with small and large companies orders alike, despite the possible financial concerns.

Most people hear about investment banking without completely understanding how it works or the significance it plays in the industry for banking. There are many firms and organizations that need the expertise and advice about financial translations or fund assistance. Check out his Vimeo account to see what he’s been up to!