In a recent interview with Inspirey, British entrepreneur and philanthropist Greg Secker talked about the demanding life of being a father, focusing on investing, and the need to give back to those in need.
Having started out like anyone else at Thomas Cook Financial, Secker eventually gained enough experience and industry recognition to become Vice President of Mellon Financial Corporation, a prominent investment bank in the US. Despite succeeding in the world of big banks and corporate boards, Secker went on to start his own ventures. These experiments in investing required disciplined budgeting and patience, but Virtual Trading Desk eventually grew into a profitable investment platform that helps anyone access Forex trading without a broker.
But Secker admits that the success he’s had as an entrepreneur wouldn’t be possible without the support system he’s found in family, friends, and reliable partners in business. This had led tot he development of successful ideas, like his speaking tours where he’s met many promising businesspersons looking for the tools to success, tools he could offer to others.
The convergence of these can perhaps be found in the development of Knowledge to Action. It’s one of Secker’s ventures which helps people experiencing hard times have a chance to get their lives on track. The ability to help others get an opportunity to get things right after failing the first time around continues to remind Secker the importance of making attempts even when the outcome is not entirely certain.
About Greg Secker:
Greg Secker is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist from Norfolk, England. His career in investment began at Thomas Cook Financial, which soon transitioned to an international focus with his business Virtual Trading Desk, an online Forex trading service. A passion for investing and a desire to help others succeed led to the creation of Learn to Trade, a series of seminars and workshops on the basics of trading in stocks and currency markets.
Secker’s passion for giving back has led to his involvement in several charitable causes like the Tusk and Child Bereavement Trust. Eventually Secker set up his own foundation that focuses on less fortunate youth, helping them develop basic life skills and leadership qualities.
Goettl has been the leading company in the air conditioning business since 1926. The company has produced unusual and outstanding systems that ensure your home is fresh all seasons round. Goettl has the answer to any situation there is whether you are looking for a system that will cool your home during summer of heat during winter the solution is with a system from this trusted and leading brand.
Goettl Company was founded by brothers who felt the need of impacting the lives of residence within the Arizona state. Since its foundation, it has continued to run as a family business with recently the grandchildren developing a new system that works as much than all the others. The company was initially located in Phoenix, but in 2003 it was moved to Tempe.
Goettl expertise has been very influential in helping residents on how to enjoy the system’s service and still have a taste of conditioned air. They have been sharing information to ensure that everyone how uses the system knows how to maintain the system and regulate its usage. The first step towards using your system well is ensuring that you have weatherized your home.
It is the process of ensuring that your air condition system does not overwork to give your home a cold air. Weatherizing is to make sure that your home does not have any unwanted gap that seeps in air from outside while the conditioned air is escaping through the same.
Another important tip that the expertise share with the community is that, if possible, your unit should be placed under a shade. Under shade, air is cold therefore the system will not have to work as hard to cool the air around. Therefore you will enjoy cold air that is perfectly conditioned, and your unit will still be high, and again, you will not spend as much for maintenance or energy.
Anyone who wants to know the real Mike Baur needs to understand him and the company he represents from a professional standpoint. The first thing to know is that he is not just the average trained and educated professional. He is holds a signature passion for what he does and the company that he works with. The reason is simple and at the same time profound. He is a Co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory along with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.
Collectively with his partners, Mike Baur’s professional mission is to take startup companies and transform them into global presences that permeate innovation, power and success. Together, he and his fellow Co-founders have a vision for their company which is twofold. The first of these visions is to run an accelerator program that sets the standard and raises the bar for all others to model themselves after. Their second vision is to be the Alpha and Omega for each and every one of their startup business clientele. This means that when a company chooses the Swiss Startup Factory, they receive everything they need to move onward and upward, from start to finish.
As one of the leading team member of the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur holds a couple of titles. He is known as Mister Startup DNA and a visionary in investor relations. But, what do those titles really mean? Well, it makes him the Executive Chairman, for starters. And, it means that he is solely responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds for the company. Go gas, no go. No cash, no gas. Somebody has to make the money flow, and his work experience makes him the perfect candidate of the job.
Experience in the banking world for more than 20 years with names like UBS and Clairden Leu give a person the kind of confidence to know where treasure chests are hidden. Moreover, Mike Baur most likely knows who put them there. So when it comes to rounding up investors and offering them the chance to see returns on their investments, he knows who to dial.
And, it really helps if the people that you seek to make a long-standing business relationship know about you and your work as well. That is where things like being a jury member at the START Summiteer hosted by the University of Saint Gallen kind of come in handy. Being a Deputy Managing Director of CTI is also something that gets your calls returned. Partnering with Finetech helps almost any cause when you need to win the confidence of potential investors. The accolades from Wall Street Journal are just the icing on the cake.
Mike Baur has been on the headlines several times highlighting the positive effect he has offered to the world of entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the Swiss Startup Factory, an incubation center where talented startups can nurture ideas and get the needed support to build their portfolios. Mike Baur, through this center, offers a three months incubation program, which covers a number of topics including financing for those who lack the financial muscle to launch their ideas. Most importantly, the Swiss Startup Factory provides room for expert intervention, in which case entrepreneurs are able to interact with industry leaders.
Having such an environment allows startups to come up with even better ideas and to configure their arrangements for growth and success. Many of the entrepreneurs whose ideas were refined through this program are successful individuals running successful businesses in various specialties. The Swiss Startup Factory is an environment that brings together creative individuals and professionals who avail tools needed to speed up the progress of small ideas and later transition into bigger plans. Currently, the Swiss Startup Factory is the biggest incubation facility in Switzerland and its influence has continually been spreading across the country.
Business strategy formulation
Most startups fail because they lack the strategy and capability to handle the stress that comes with entering into a new environment and this is one of the things the Swiss Startup Factory is looking to address. Having a clear strategy that points to the future and spells out the growth pattern of the startup makes the implementation process easy.
Post accelerator support
Once the three months incubation period is over, that does not mark the end of support to the startup. The Swiss Startup Factory monitors the progress of the startup for an additional five months to ensure all the ideas shared during incubation are adopted and used to build the business.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur is a renowned venture capital and the entrepreneur behind the establishment of Swiss Startup Factory. He worked in the banking industry for almost 20 years before he made a decision to exit the industry for entrepreneurship in 2014. He immediately went ahead and founded an incubation facility, the Swiss Startup Factory, which has been offering support to young entrepreneurs pushing for the development of their creative ideas.
Ray Fernando attended and graduated from Beloit College and the University College London. While in college in 1991, Ray Fernando began working both as a volunteer and in various professional positions at both the Chicago Mercantile and the Chicago Board of Trade. He worked in these positions and at these places until 2001. In 2002, he founded Chopper Trading which he has grown to an over 250 employee company. He was a leading trader at the company for a couple of years, but by 2004 he had succeeded in relinquishing trading so that he could concentrate on leading and developing the company.
It soon became known as a world-class professional company, but it was also known as a company with sterling employee morale and its abundance of camaraderie. This was a very intentional result. Very early on in the life of Chopper Trading, Fernando decided to concentrate on creating a very employee-friendly environment. His goal was to bring people to the Chopper Trading team who would remain with the company until retirement. He also only wanted to hire people who would contribute to the pleasant working atmosphere.
His work in this role has been so exemplary that he is highly respected as a great contributor to the work of the U.S. Commodity Trading Futures Commission. He has been a featured panelist and speaker at the commission. He has also assisted the government. For a brief time in 2011 he sat on the International Security Advisory Board, which advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2015 and 2016 he began a new chapter in his professional life by selling Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group and starting the Internet-based,Scoutahead.
In addition to serving as the CEO and Chairman of this company, Fernando also assists with a number of philanthropic works. He has various strong hands in assisting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, PAWS Chicago, the Clinton Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Fernando can be easily reached by LinkedIn, Flickr, Google+, CrunchBase, and Facebook.