The Story of Mike Baur

Some people are lucky to find their passion early in life. For Mike Baur, he knew that finance and banking would become his life long career. After deciding to go into banking, he earned two business degrees: one from Bern University and the other from the University of Rochester.

Immediately following his graduation, he got a job at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). While most people may not know Baur by name, the banking world recognized him for several of his achievements. When he started working for UBS, everyone expected his career to soar all the way to the top, which he nearly did.

Yet, he did not want to stay at UBS forever. Although he’d worked at UBS since the early 90s and received numerous promotions, he began thinking about leaving the company. Even after becoming one of the most sought financial experts at the bank, in 2008, moved on from UBS.

He eventually took a job at Clariden Leu. While Clariden offered him a bit more excitement, he didn’t stay with Clariden for long. After the banking recession in 2014, he lost all enchantment for the banking industry and began looking for something new. What he’d eventually find was entrepreneurship.

That same year, he met a Bern University alumnus and together they co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Very quickly, it became apparent that Baur found his new passion. Helping young entrepreneurs bring their tech-based companies to fruition fulfilled Baur’s destiny. Swiss Startup Factory became the biggest incubator company in the nation within its first three years.

Young tech entrepreneurs come from all over the nation to participate in one of the many services that SSUF offers. Their biggest program is their Accelerator Program, which offers three months of free mentoring, training, and office space.

Despite his love of helping tech entrepreneurs, he couldn’t just give up banking. He worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years; some habits are hard to kick. To satisfy his banking needs and stay focused on SSUF, he founded Think Reloaded, a financial advice company that serviced affluent clients.

It wasn’t long before Think Reloaded collided with SSUF. Shortly after the two companies began working together, they created Swiss Startup Day. Thanks to events like Startup Day, BV4 wanted to join the collaboration, adding to the numerous services offered by SSUF.


Norman Pattiz Broadcasting Greatness

Norman Pattiz is an entrepreneur who founded Westwood one. A radio syndication company that is the radio home of CNN, NBC News, CBS News, NFL, NCAA, the Olympic games and various other entertainment and talk radio programs. Pattiz born 1943 in the United States founded the company in 1976 and it grew to become one of the largest radio networks in America and one of the worlds top media companies. Norman Pattiz has over 40 years experience in radio and is the chair of the Board of the Regents Oversight Committee of the Department of Energy Laboratories.


Norma Pattiz joined the board of regents of University of California in 2001 and was appointed by two different presidents to the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors. The first appointment to the BBG was by President Bill Clinton and later reappointed by president Bush in 2002. The United States Broadcasting Board of Governors oversees all the Broadcasting Services of all international U.S., non-military. Norman Pattiz was responsible for Launching Americas Arabic Language Radio and television services to all 22 countries of the Middle East.


Norman Pattiz also served as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors Middle East Committee. Norman Pattiz has enjoyed a multitude of success as an entrepreneur and has received numerous appointments, awards and accolades. In 2009 Pattiz was inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2010 founded and became the CEO of Courtside Entertainment Group. Pattiz would later found the company, Launchpad in 2012. A company that would go on to become Podcast One the leader in audio on-demand programming.


Aside from being a successful broadcasting entrepreneur, Pattiz is a benefactor of the Academy of Music at Hamilton High and was a reserve deputy in the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County. He was a member of the Advisory Council of Region 1 Homeland Security and was on the board of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Norman Pattiz is married and lives in California. His wife Mary Turner a former radio personality is also chairman of the board of the Betty Ford Center. Norman Pattiz has accomplished a lot in his lifetime and continues to motivate and inspire others to strive to achieve greatness.