Marc Sparks: A Success Story

Success is not a matter of luck, and this is something that Marc Sparks  https://about.me/marc_sparks understands all too well. Marc is a true success story. Even though he didn’t go to college, Marc has built a successful business.

 

 

Marc is a serial entrepreneur and has been the principal of many dozens of startups. Most of his startups have been successful and other downright disastrous. Marc has attributed his success to his ability to learn from his mistakes.

 

 

Marc has surrounded himself with talented people who have helped him develop ideas for business. As a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he builds companies from the ground and let the owners manage the companies. Marc has, however, maintained a portfolio of companies through his Company Timber Creek Capital.

 

 

He has a built business model and culture that enables him develops ideas into fully operating companies. Marc leads by example, and he sets patterns that his employees follow. That is what has guaranteed him company success.

 

 

Through his many lessons, Marc decided to publish a book: They Can’t Eat You. This is a book that he documents his success and mistakes. According to Marc, it is easy for people to learn better from the mistakes that people make than they would the success stories. In the book, Marc has included the story of how he lost his insurance company within a ninety-day period.

 

 

Marc has developed a set of qualities that has helped him over the course of his career: Tenacity, hard work, his keen instinct, and he is not afraid of losing. He once said that he isn’t afraid to lose it all because he can rebuild it again.

 

 

Outside of his involvement with business, Marc has developed a passion for helping his fellow men. That is why he spends time helping the homeless through the Samaritan Inn. He has been involved in the project since the late 1980s. The homeless shelter provides shelter to 160 residents for five months. The Samaritan Inn offers a Hand up. That means that they helped the people to get back on their feet. They offer counseling, job placement, financial education, family services, and health programs.

 

 

Marc is involved in the Habitat Humanity. Through the organization, he has built many different homes. As a big supporter of the American Can Academic, he has donated computers to at-risk-students to help them break from poverty.

 

 

When he is not working, Marc is an outdoorsman and loves adventurous travel. He has traveled around the world in 23 days. He draws his business ideas from all his travels. Marc has and health enthusiast, loves hiking, golfing, biking, hunting, and fishing.

 

 

Marc thrives in competitive in business and also in sports, and that is how he maintains success.

 

 

 

Mike Baur, An Entrepreneur Who Looks To The Future Economy

Mike Baur the co-founder and CEO of Swiss Startup Factory spent close to 20 years in the Swiss Private Banking Sector. He is an entrepreneur with ideas and solutions in the new digital transformation economy of the 21st Century.

 

Baur started his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS, a Swiss global financial services company. He started with UBS in 1991 and moved up the ladder in the company. In 2008 he moved to Clariden Leu in Switzerland and then in 2012, he joined Sallfort Privatbank AG. His extensive training, knowledge and network grew, and with it, a passion to help other create their own business.

 

Thus, in 2014 he and his two partners formed the Swiss Start up Factory. The goal of the company was to turn start-ups into global companies. The company provides start-ups with a three month program which they refer to as the accelerator program. The program includes:

 

  • Financing for the start up.
  • Coaching.
  • Office space. The co-working space for your company would include some of the following options: Co-working desks, fitness center, meeting rooms, lunch space, welcome area, free wifi, video studio, mailbox and post.
  • Mentoring.
  • Access to investor and entrepreneurial network.

To graduate from the accelerator program you have to complete 3 performance milestones to graduate. How do they decide whether the milestones have been accomplished? A jury consisting of entrepreneurs, specialists and the founders of the Swiss Start will determine whether the startup is performing up to the standards set.

Baur sees a new economy coming in the 21st Century. And he feels that his Swiss Startup Factory can bridge the divide between the old economy and the new economy. How? Through growing and solving the many challenges of the digital transformation within Swiss companies.

His feels so strongly about his accelerator start-up ideas that he shares this knowledge at universities and companies. His other passion is sports. He is an avid fan of his hometown hockey team Fribourg Gotteron and he follows the Swiss Tennis Pros.

Mike Baur received his B.A.Sc in Banking and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern, his MBA from the University of Rochester and his EMBA from the University of Bern.