There are few billionaire philanthropists in the world who have created their own charitable networks who do not name their foundation after themselves and be accused of completing vanity projects. One of the few who can be said to be completing their charitable work for the right reasons is iconic hedge fund manager George Soros who has taken the need for a fairer and more open society for new levels of success through the work completed by his Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations reports George Soros has played a key role in the development of a fairer and more democratic community across the globe by providing funding for the Roma community of Europe as they set out to develop their human rights as members of the European Union.
Looking at the career of George Soros makes it easy to see how his need to develop a new way of exploring democracy has been developed with the aid of the open society theory created by Henri Bergson and developed by Austrian philosopher Karl Popper. The work of Popper had a great effect on the young George Soros as he set out to become a better person following his own escape from communist Hungary after the Nazi occupation had ended and communist rule had taken its place. The development of communism as a political ideology began a move towards a better world each and every individual could be a part of no matter where they were born or found themselves living. In an article from The Atlantic, George Soros set out to develop his own stance about how the world is changing since the end of communism and the rise of the capitalist ideology that George Soros believes is posing as much of a threat to the world as socialism did in the 20th-century.
In the framework of the open society set out by George Soros, the community has access to education, freedom of speech, and a democratic voting system designed to provide a voice to all the people of any nation. The work George Soros completes as a philanthropist and political donor is now largely focused on areas of the U.S. as the octogenarian hedge fund manager believes the capitalist threat now facing the world is being driven by the fact this form of economic and political theory has been accepted as the dominant force in the world. George Soros believes the rise of capitalism to a position of hegemony in the world has seen its major supporter, the U.S. begins to fail as a society as the freedoms the nation began by backing have been threatened by a group of political and economic leaders out to protect their own position.
Sweetgreen is a salad food change that is rapidly growing in success. Danny Meyer, Daniel Boulad, and Steve Case have all invested in this rising health company. Sweetgreen fills the void in affordable, healthy, organic, local, and fresh salads. Not only are the salads healthy and delicious, but they are also very filling. Due to their continued success, Sweetgreen now has 40 different locations and plans for more expansions in the future. Learn more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sweetgreen-founder-interview-nathaniel-ru-2016-3
The co-CEO, Nathaniel Ru, wanted to create a company that stands for something good. sweetgreen gives people the option to improve their lives and health by choosing better food. They are very interesting in advancing technology and consider their company to be based on technological DNA. They have had great success with their website and app, and over 30 percent of their transactions and completed on those platforms. Nathaniel Ru does not believe in huge corporate offices, so they make it a point to shut down their offices several times a year. They do this in order to allow everyone the opportunity to work in the restaurants. This allows them to decentralize and have a good understand of what is actually happening at the restaurants. Learn more: http://www.psfk.com/2016/04/psfk-2016-how-sweetgreen-brought-healthy-and-delicious-to-the-busy-psfk-2016.html
Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet opened the first Sweetgreen in Georgetown. They did an interview with Fortune in 2014. In that interview, they said that they knew they had achieved success when they successfully made it through the first winter break on the Georgetown campus. Even without all the students, they were still making money.
Nathaniel Ru graduated in 2007 from the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He earned a bachelor of the sciences degree in Finance while he was there. He first began exploring entrepreneurship possibilities while he was attending Georgetown University. He met the two other co-founders of Sweetgreen while he attendance at the college. Together, the three of them came up with the idea for a healthy dining options for the Georgetown area. They were surprised that there were very view options for someone to purchase healthy food in that area. Since Nathaniel Ru is so concerned about the environment, it was important to him that he create a restaurant that is very eco-friendly. As a result, Sweetgreen only leaves behind a small carbon-neutral footprint. Currently, Nathaniel Ru is the Principal of SWTLF Ventures. He also has several of his person investments. These include investments in LOLA, MeUndies, EatPops, and Bond Street.
Mike Baur has been fascinated with the banking industry since he was a young teen. He was born in Switzerland and obtained an MBA at the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA at the University of Bern. Spending nearly 20 years in the swiss banking industry, Baur would climb the ranks all the way to board member and worked at respected banks, such as, Clariden and Sallfort. Mike Baur wants to share what he’s learned with fellow entrepreneurs and inspire the people of Switzerland to begin their own startup ideas. He truly believes that the next big Swiss company is a tech company because the time for “digital transformation and big business model shifts is now”. Baur wants to bridge the gap between old and new economies which is a problem that Swiss companies are facing. Baur acts as a digital board member to several Swiss companies because he makes it his mission to see companies adapt to new technologies. Mike is dedicated to “giving back” and is a key note speaker at universities, small and mid sized corporations, as well as startup events. His strong background in banking gives Mr. Baur a strong edge in Switzerland’s startup ecosystem.
Swiss Startup Factory is a company that Mike Baur and two others started back in 2014. Swiss Startup Factory’s mission is to provide young and talented entrepreneurs in Switzerland with a top professional grade execution platform that guides them through a business driven and dedicated process from A to Z with very ambitious milestones. Swiss Startup Factory involves a 3 month accelerator program that covers your startup from start to finish. The program even teaches you how to best utilize your work space. The services provided by Swiss Startup Factory are broad and vast including bookkeeping, invoice management, payroll management, financial statements, tax & VAT reporting, cash flow reports, and progress & financial health reviews. When you sign up with Swiss Startup Factory you can personalize any package to fit the need of your particular business. Struckd, Blinkers, Carhelper, and Beaconsmind are a few businesses that have gone through the Swiss Startup Factory.
Apart from business, Mike Baur LOVES his sports. Fribourg Gotteron would be his hometown hockey team of choice, and he is known to follow his favorite professional Tennis players at the ATP tour.
Chris Burch is an American investor, entrepreneur, and futurist. He attended Ithaca College where he graduated with a degree in business. Burch started his first company while he was in college. He co-founded Eagle’s Eye apparel with his brother and was able to grow it into a 100 million dollar business. The company was successful enough to be acquired by the Swire Group a few years later. Chris Burch started C. Wonder a few years ago. This is a home décor and accessories retailer. He grew C. Wonder into a profitable company. He sold it to Xcel Brands four years later. Burch is the founder of Burch Creative Capital which does brand activation for personalities and enterprises. The clients that he has worked with include Ellen DeGeneres, Poppin, and Cocoon9. Burch made his first investment in a technology company in 1999 when he invested in the Internet Capital Group. He has invested in various companies including BaubleBar, Chubbies, Soludos, and Blink Health.
Burch collaborated with Philippe Stark who is an architect and Alan Faena who is an hotelier to develop Faena Hotel+ Universe in Argentina. They were able to develop an underutilized tract of land into a luxury resort. Burch also acquired Nihiwatu and renovated into a world-class facility. It is a luxury resort in Indonesia. He has been involved in some charitable projects and has supported organizations such as Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Child Welfare League of China, and The China Association of Social Work. He also started the Christopher Burch Award for Humanism that recognizes individuals that are helping others in the community in a major way.
Burch recently wrote a piece on how technology and fashion feed each other to grow as industries. He starts by observing that many of the best-selling products of the last couple of decades were popular because they were in fashion at one point. These products include the boom box which was popular in the 70s, the Walkman, and the iPod. He then provides examples of how technology has been integrated into fashion by various designers. A Dutch fashion designer stated that technology provided endless possibilities for designers and a place for experimentation. She confirms that this is what led her to develop the drink-making dress called the Daredroid and a self-painting dress.
Burch cites other designers who used integrated fashion into technology to create products such as an airbag for cyclists and special gloves which help firefighters to communicate through gestures.