Not everyone discovers their natural talent at a young age. Mike Baur is one of those who did. According to some sources, he first entered the banking industry at 16 years old. A Swiss native, Baur grew up doing a time of economic innovation. It wasn’t the most advanced, but it was growing.
In 1991, Baur became a finance expert for Union Bank of Switzerland, one of the largest banking institutions in the country. His talents were immediately apparent, earning him entry into the industry like no one before him. Everyone knew he would climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top.
For nearly 20 years, he worked at UBS. Before he turned 30 years of age, he got another promotion to an advisory position. He began advising some of the wealthiest people in the country. He became a renowned financial expert, yet, he began losing his passion.
In 2008, he left UBS for a job at Clariden Leu. His move from UBS to Clariden also meant moving to Zurich. He hoped the change in environment would inspire him to continue his work, but he was distracted. As time went on, he wanted to follow his entrepreneurial passion.
In 2014, despite his many successes, he left the banking industry. He wasted no time in pursuing his passion. After collaborating with Max Meister, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. His new venture focused on helping young tech entrepreneurs get their companies up and running. Very quickly, Swiss Startup Factory became a huge success.
Tech entrepreneurs from all over the country swarmed to SSUF’s doors for help. While they helped as many as they could, those who showed true promise got extra services. For the select few, they got financial support on top of free mentoring and training, as well as rent-free offices.
Baur found the life of an entrepreneur far more rewarding than that of a banker. Yet, he hated wasting all that knowledge he’d learned over his more than 20-year career. To ease his comfort and start another company, he founded Think Reloaded, a financial advisory firm. It was his way of indulging in finance.
Within its first year, Think Reloaded began collaborating with SSUF. Together, they created Swiss Startup Day, which impressed another company called BV4. Eventually, the three companies formed a partnership and have been collaborating ever since.