Craft in the City

Mike Baur Enjoys A Night At Swiss Brewery And Leads Beer Hack Event

A night of fun and playing around with business ideas and app programming took place at Feldschlösschen, a Swiss brewery located in Zurich. There was plenty of beer to go around and the people at this event were even given a tour of the brewery, but the objective was to see new ideas put to the test in the marketing, sale and distribution of beer. Most of the individuals at this event came from the Swiss Startup Factory, a for-profit organization aimed at forming entrepreneur ideas into companies within a very short time. Baur and other business coaches were happy to see how the young programmers and marketing specialists came up with unique proposals for beer sales. One company seems to be already forming, an app known as “U-Beer” which allows users to order beer from nearly anywhere and have it brought quickly. The ideas that have come from the beer hack will be brought to integration at the SSUF.


In Switzerland, being a part of big banks has as much of a cultural prominence as being a Wall Street executive in the US. It had an allure for Mike Baur who was introduced to the occupation as a 16-year old intern and performed quite well at his position. But after 24 years as an advisor and later commercial division manager at UBS and Clariden Leu, Baur decided it was time to leave. Switzerland’s banks had started coming under scrutiny for being looked at as harboring tax evaders, and for Baur his days were being spent too much in the office when he felt there was much more out there.


Going into startup funding and beginning an accelerator was very new territory for Mike Baur, and he certainly took a substantial pay cut to do it. But he consulted with several other former bankers and business professors at various colleges, and he figured out how he could make the accelerator work. Most of the entrepreneurs he targets for admittance to the SSUF are programmers and developers because IT startups and disruptive internet of things companies comprise much of Switzerland’s industry. But any idea that can be pitched successfully to investors will usually get the attention of Baur and his colleagues. The accelerator runs a 3-month program which not only has coaches and mentors working with the attendees, but also has outdoor activities and unique contests aimed at strengthening ideas and inspiring more teamwork among them.


Adam Milstein: Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well Due To Some Unlikely Radical Alliances

Adam Milstein is a Jewish activist who regularly writes about different concerns among the Jewish community. For thousands of years, there has been continual Anti-Semitism for this ethnic group. It is not only still present, but it is also alive and well and it has taken a different form that is cause for alarm. As Adam Milstein writes, there is a new, disheartening, and disconcerting unholy alliance forming that, although they share a lot of differences, are vocalizing their shared hatred for Jewish thought and for Israel.

On paper, the radical Left and radical Islam would appear to not have very much in common. For example, radical Islam regularly executes gays, stones women, and has an intense hatred of feminism. Normally, those on the left would be appalled at this ideology. However, just like radical Islam, the radical left completely abhors any type of Western.

According to the radical left, Israel is a colonialist oppressor of Muslims. Both liberals and Muslims believe the Jewish race is the one responsible for all of the problems currently in the Middle East. Although these groups are proficient at paying the blame game, this belies the fact that radical Islam is currently the most violent religion on the face of the planet. Indeed, many radical leftist groups on U.S. universities today publish what is called a “disorientation” guide that seeks to disrupt any type of Jewish thought. What is most insidious about this will be the fact that many of these liberals claim they are not being Anti-Semitic simply because they have Jewish Heritage themselves.

What is equally disconcerting for Adam Milstein would probably have to be the fact that anti-Semitism is quickly entering the mainstream in the United States. Indeed, Bernie Sanders came extremely close to getting the Democratic nomination in 2016, and he campaigned for British politician Jeremy Corbyn, who who had a co-worker named Paul Eisen who keeps a blog about Holocaust denial. The fact that Muslims see this and continue to fan the flames and cause more vitriol and Anti-Semitism should be very disconcerting to not only Adam Milstein but to freedom-loving American conservatives as well.

End Citizens United: Stopping The Big Money Politics

The midterm elections in the United States will be held later in the year 2018, and since the beginning of the campaign period, political groups left, and right are voicing out their concerns regarding the candidates for the election. One of these groups is the End Citizens United, a political action committee boasting to be the most active in the United States. Estimates are stating that millions of Americans became members of this group since it was formed in 2015. The group was created as an answer to the group Citizens United, formed earlier which has won a landmark case against the Federal Electoral Council. Since their establishment in 2015, End Citizens United is fighting off Citizens United, and they are facing off against the influential politicians who are running the American government.

One of their newest exposes involved several politicians in what the group referred to as the “Big Money Politics.” They have been persuading their three million members not to vote for these politicians and urging them to preach the same information to their family and friends. According to End Citizens United, elections in the United States have changed, and the greed of money now drives it. They wanted to bring back the transparency in the American elections, and they are appealing to the public to keep an eye on these politicians who are using their influence and money to win a post in the government. End Citizens United also accused big corporations of manipulating the elections and wanted the public to take action. Tiffany Muller, serving as the executive director of group, is saying that they would not expect the government to help them regarding this issue because they are corrupt. She also name-dropped some politicians who are accused of being involved in Big Money Politics, calling them the Big Money 20.

According to Tiffany Muller, these politicians should not be given any chance to serve the country, because they are loyal only to a group of wealthy families. She appealed to everyone not to waste their votes on these politicians because they will only destroy the United States slowly from within. The list released by Tiffany Muller includes two senators, one house speaker, and 17 representatives, who all hailed from the Republican Party. End Citizens United has been mobilizing their group to receive donations and funds from their members. As of now, the group managed to raise $30 million, and they warned the Big Money 20 that they would be using the money they received to ensure that they will lose the 2018 midterm elections.

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