Joel Friant: A Born Entrepreneur With A Hot Product

If people are born with a personal calling, something that from the very beginning of life drives them than Joel Friant was born an entrepreneur and businessman. For nearly 25 years Mr. Friant has been involved with running his own business, and across multiple different fields.

Joel got his initial start in the field of entrepreneurship in real estate. In the early 1990’s he began selling and flipping houses, long before the trend had really begun. While he was successful in real estate, he quickly realized that his passion for food, especially spicy food, would make him a good fit for the restaurant industry.

In 1995 he opened his first restaurant, and pioneered the first ‘fast food’ Thai concept, quickly earning himself the moniker of ‘The Thai Guy’. This is where Joel first fell in love with the habanero pepper and an idea for a product he just recently debuted would form.

Throughout the late 90’s and early 2,000’s Mr. Friant continued his work in real estate, flipping houses and buying foreclosures for resale. Over time he learned a lot about the mortgage broker business and eventually got a job as a mortgage salesman. His drive and enthusiasm to help people purchase the home of their dreams quickly lead to him becoming the top salesman in his company.

Meanwhile, his entrepreneurial spirit had not faded in the least. In fact, he took his love of business and his love for spicy foods and created a Habanero Pepper Shaker. At the time it was the only product on the market containing 100% dried habaneros without any filler ingredients or cheaper peppers.

He was able to get his product into most of the major grocery store chains in Washington State, as well as other food sellers throughout the country. In the mid-2000s seeing the clear rise of online selling, Joel took a course in running successful businesses through eBay and Amazon. With his new knowledge, he began selling The Habanero Shaker online, where it is still successfully sold today and is one of the best selling dried pepper shakers on the market.

Joel Friant is a true entrepreneur with a passion for helping others. With his drive, passion, and knowledge, he is sure to continue on the successful path through life he worked so hard to put himself on.

Mike Baur’s Full-Circle Career Trajectory

At the height of his career, Mike Baur was a financial adviser to the world’s most wealthy countries including being a board member of a handful of Swiss private banks. It seemed that he was destined to have a dynamic career on the same trajectory as many others who had preceded him.

 

However, The financial crisis in 2008 triggered shock waves felt globally, especially in the financial center of Switzerland. It was then when Mike Baur’s superstar career began to take an surprisingly new direction. In 2014 at the age of 39, he gave up his high salary and all the benefits of his positions in the banking sector and teamed up with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister as founding fathers of the Swiss Startup Factory.

 

In a relatively short period of time, the Swiss Startup Factory has grown to be an indisputable success and one of the largest and most prestigious start-up ventures developed in the country. In the Swiss Startup Factory Mike Baur role is key, in addition to looking after young entrepreneurs as he is also responsible for financing rounds and fundraising.

 

Swiss Startup Factory has been successful enough to have entered into partnership with CTI Invest. After the partnership was solidified, Mike Baur became Deputy Managing Director of CTI. During that time frame, Mr. Baur joined in partnership with Fintech Fusion, as well as the Goldback Group. Mike Baur’s success has been so remarkable that in the winter of 2016, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal.

 

Looking back on Mike Baur’s humble beginnings, it appears his career path has become somewhat poetically symmetrical in the fact that he’s dedicating his time now to help younger entrepreneurs with similar ambitions.

 

The Fribourg native found himself in the same place at the age of 16 when he was a commerce apprentice at a large bank. After a lengthy stint spanning twenty years at UBS and Clariden Lieu, Mike Bauer also found the time to complete his education with an MBA and executive MBA from the university of Rochester and university of Berne respectively.

 

Mike Baur’s dedication to his own self-development laid the foundation for personal success. Today, there are many young entrepreneurs involved with Swiss Startup Factory who benefit from the perseverance he demonstrated years ago.