Calling Entrepreneurs! TWO GREAT SPEAKERS, FREE FOOD & RESUME DROP – Friday, Feb. 6th

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From Founders to Funders and the Deals in Between: Perspectives on best practices for venture funding and business development in today’s global business climate

When: Friday, February 6  @ 3-4pm

Location: Atkinson Pavilion @ Faculty Club

RSVP Required!!

Event Purpose: Recognize, embrace, and support the budding entrepreneur spirit of UC San Diego by connecting students with successful alumni in venture capital, investment banking, and business development.

Dear Student,

As a proud Triton and Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, it is my honor to invite you to join us for a conversation with two successful Triton Entrepreneurs, Aryeh Bourkoff ’95 and Mark Suster ’91, on Friday, February 6, from 3-4pm in the Atkinson Pavilion at the Faculty Club. 


Our goal is to not only recognize, but embrace and support the budding entrepreneur spirit of UC San Diego by connecting students with successful alumni in venture capital, investment banking, and business development such as Aryeh and Mark.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Please RSVP here using your Port Triton student login.

This event is brought to you by the Division of Social Sciences, UCSD Alumni, and Partnership UCSD -“Bringing Tritons Together”.


Carol Padden ‘83
Dean of Social Sciences
Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication


Aryeh B. Bourkoff

Mr. Bourkoff is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank. LionTree recently advised Liberty Global on its $24 billion acquisition of Virgin Media and Suddenlink Communications on its $6.6 billion sale of the company.

He previously sat on the Executive Investment Banking Committee and served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS.  In his 13 years there, Mr. Bourkoff led the bank’s efforts on numerous transformative deals in the telecommunications, media, and technology sector, including Comcast’s purchase of NBC.  Before joining UBS, he served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets and Smith Barney, and for seven consecutive years, Institutional Investor named him the best media analyst in the nation.  For his innovative deal making and substantial role in shaping the way the modern world communicates and consumes entertainment, he was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list.  He frequently comments on financial issues and the media industry for CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets.

Mr. Bourkoff is the producer of two documentary films, Out of Print and The Last Jews of Libya, both of which had their premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.  He is also a director on the boards of select private companies and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mark Suster

Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO.

Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor and investment partner at Upfront Ventures, formerly GRP Partners. He focuses on early-stage technology companies. Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company to He focuses on early-stage technology companies.


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