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July 29, 2017
Milken Institute Names UCLA as Top University in Business Creation

In a recent study conducted by the Milken Institute titled “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer,” UCLA beat out Caltech, MIT and Stanford University to take the top spot for start-up creation. With groups like Launchpad, Startup UCLA, California Nanosystems Institute, and UCLA Anderson’s own Venture Accelerator, UCLA offers young companies numerous opportunities for lab space. According to the Milken report’s principal author Ross DeVol, UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block—an inventor himself—was an impetus in re-engineering UCLA’s culture to foster entrepreneurship a decade ago.

Arie Belldegrun, a UCLA faculty member, started several companies with the university’s help. Belldegrun sold his first company Agensys Inc. for more than $500 million—then sold Cougar Biotechnology to Johnson & Johnson for $1 billion in 2009. He still runs cancer cell therapy firm Kite Pharma and started a fourth company UroGen Pharma. He attributes his success to UCLA providing opportunities to professors and students interested in pursuing their entrepreneurial endeavors. “I can remember when the Anderson School of Business helped me write my first business plan,” Belldegrun said. “We just had an idea. And that business plan generated the first round of financing for my first company.” Read more.

Alumni Spotlight | Kristin Mirek ‘04 Uses Teamwork to Earn Tween Heart Share

As the Senior VP of Nickelodeon Social at Viacom, Kristin Mirek (B.A. ’91, MBA ’04) “plays” in the world of Snapchat filters, Instagram Boomerang and YouTube videos to reach tweens ages 11 to 13. She accomplishes this through managing a mini network of writers, strategists, storytellers and production experts to create content that resonate with 60 percent of Nickelodeon’s audience.

A double Bruin, Mirek credits UCLA Anderson for showing her “the importance of establishing strong teams, how to give helpful direction and designate specific roles, establish clear goals and, most important, gain confidence as a leader.” Her self-described role as her team’s biggest cheerleader was displayed in the pre-production meeting at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards (held July 13 at UCLA's Pauley Pavillion) where her team shared Michael Phelps getting slimed in a fun Boomerang post. Read more.

Faculty Insights | Making Digital Economies Work in Developing Markets

Remember a time when you didn’t check your smartphone every 5 minutes for a new notification or follower? Well, for many in the least developed countries that’s their current reality, as only 15 percent of people even have mobile broadband.

More than fostering connections and serving up entertainment, digitization can provide developing countries new opportunities for business and job creation. Kati Suominen, CEO of Nextrade Group and Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson, has identified four ways to develop creative partnerships among the private and public sectors to turbocharge digital economies in developing countries:

  1. Private sector seeds, public sector scales
  2. Spreading the risk and sharing digital dividends: social impact bonds
  3. Shared data to break bottlenecks in e-commerce
  4. Crafting smart digital regulations for trade.

Read more from the GE Reports post.

Leadership Lessons from Apple Music Chief Jimmy Iovine

Legendary record producer and Apple Music Chief Jimmy Iovine recently sat down with Professor Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, and Dean Judy D. Olian to share leadership lessons he has acquired during his illustrious career. Iovine touches on the impact of mentors, value of talent, the role of technology and the intersection of cultures. Watch now.

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July - Milken Institute Names UCLA as Top University in Business Creation
June - Gratefulness and Giving are Key Themes at 2017 Commencement
May - Marion Anderson’s Inspiring Legacy of Philanthropy and Impact
April - Disney CFO Christine McCarthy '81 on Taking Risk
March - Alumni Weekend - Come Back to Where it All Began
February - Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Artists & Consumer Behavior
January - Building an Entrepreneurial Epicenter at Anderson

December - From Our UCLA Anderson Family to Yours!
November - Lars Hoffman '15 Lands Dream Job at SpaceX After 26 Years in Military
October - Driving Change with Social Impact Investor Bobby Turner
September - Worldwide Welcome Weeks: Build Your Network in Your City
August - Collaboration Accelerates Entrepreneurial Success
July - Ed Leamer is Running for Vice President of the United States
June - Life Lessons from LA Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak '87 at Anderson Commencement
May - Food Supply Startup Kulisha Takes Top Prize at Knapp Venture Competition
April - Alumni Weekend 2016 is Just One Week Away!
March - Co-Founder of Veggie Grill T.K. Pillan '96 on Inspiration and Success
February - Susan Wojcicki '98 Driving Change in Technology and Gender Equality
January - Anderson Venture Accelerator: Launching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

December - Watch Our Year in Review: A Holiday Message from UCLA Anderson
November - From Private Equity to Social Enterprise with KKR's George Roberts
October - Anderson Evenings are Headed to NYC and Palo Alto
September - Your Network. Your City. Join Us at a Worldwide Welcome Week Event!
August - UCLA Anderson Born Partnership Launches Health Tech Company BodySpec
July - Christine McCarthy '81 Named CFO of Walt Disney Company
June - 2015 Faculty Awards Honors Anderson's Best in Teaching, Research, Leadership and Mentorship
May - Marion Anderson's $100 Million Gift Launches UCLA Anderson Into the Next
April - UCLA Anderson Recognizes Lonnie Ali '86 and Gregory Craig '89 for Their Service and Achievement
March - Virgin Atlantic. Disruptive Innovation. Global Health Crisis. What's the Deal?
February - Business Leaders Share their Success at UCLA Anderson
January - Founders Fund Partner and PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Comes to UCLA Anderson

December - A Lifetime of Philanthropy Powers Future UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs
November - UCLA Anderson Rises in Recent Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist & Financial Times Rankings
October - Giora Romm '82 Shares His Story of Moving From Prison to Prestige
September - Starbucks' Chief Community Office Blair Taylor '90 Challenges Class of 2016 to Make a Social Impact
August - Brian Cornell '91 to guide Target Corporation's transformation as new Chairman & CEO
July - AEG Scores at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
June - Congratulations to UCLA Anderson's 2014 Faculty Award Winners!
May - Relive Alumni Weekend 2014
April - CEO of Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz ('93) Helps to Secure Another Disney Acquisition Deal
March - UCLA Anderson Students Raise Funds as They Continue Work in Africa 
February - Susan Wojcicki ('98) Taking the Helm at YouTube
January - Huntley Castner ('89) Promoted to CEO of Yogurtland

December - UCLA Anderson Receives $5 Million Gift from Professor Bill Cockrum
November - Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO Disney Recognized for Leadership
October - A Discussion Between Industry Icons: Larry Fink '76 and Bill Gross '71 
September - Fink/Gross: A Meeting of Extraordinary Minds
August - Kermani's ('09) Crazy Cart Spins Great Press
July - Addressing a Strategic Challenge (AMR)
June- Relive Alumni Weekend
April - When Type A's Retire? Pitfalls, Warnings, Hopes and Dreams with Don Asher
March - Business School Rankings and Alumni Awards Announced
February - TED@UCLA Anderson: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscoverd
January - Kimberly Freeman ('02) honored at the Southern California Visionaries annual awards luncheon 

December - Joel Fried ('86), and his wife, Deanne Fried, have generously pledged up to $1 million
November - UCLA Anderson and the chance to study with a UCLA Nobel Prize winner
October - Hwee Hua Lim ('89) has joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Management 
September - Starbucks appoints Blair H. Taylor ('90) as new Chief Community Officer
August - UC Davis appoints new Athletics Director Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey ('93)
July - Guy Kawasaki ('79) Delivers Commencement Speech  
June - Linda Smith ('95) focuses on literacy in Guatemala
May  -Charlie Steinmetz ('77) Changes the Lives of L.A. Inner-City Students 
April - Robin Leamy ('86) Follows His Dreams
March - Marketing event at Google headquarters showcases Inspirational Alumni
January - Bob Foster ('65) Knighted by Finland 

November - A Conversation with Larry Fink ('76) and Bill Gross ('71)
October - Alumni Conference 2011 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes
September - Welcome Week Invites UCLA Anderson Alumni to Celebrate Worldwide
August - Special Edition: In Memory of John E. Anderson '40, 1917-2011
June - Jim Moffatt ('87) Elected Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP
May - John E. and Marion Anderson Donate $25 Million to UCLA Anderson
April - May 21 is UCLA Alumni Day on the UCLA campus
March - UCLA Anderson Announces 100 Inspirational Alumni List
February - Leonard ('95), Takes Unconventional Path as a Bio-Tech Entrepreneur
January - Alumni Career Services Jump Starts January with Events and Free Resume Reviews

December - Videos from the Alumni Weekend Conference
November - Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual
September - Don't Miss David Martin ('91) When He Speaks at Alumni Weekend
August - Regazzi ('97) Energizes the Alumni Network; Rajaraman ('08) is Writing the Future of
June - New Book from Ullrich ('92) Shares Getting to the Top Success Strategies
May - Heart Surgeon Magliato ('06) Lives Her Life Disregarding Fears of Failure
April - Lawrence ('99) is Mentoring and Providing Guidance to Future Leaders
March - Lanier ('02) Brings Strategic Research; Kermani ('09) and the Drift Cart Inspiration
February - Randy Horn ('97) Rolled the Dice on a Board Game
January - Dr. Susan Love ('98) wants to eradicate breast cancer

November - Mitch Kupchak ('87) is On Top of the World
October - Kyle Martin ('97) Weighs In On Barack Obama's "Top Down" Approach
September - Welcome Week Begins Across the Globe
August - Cheng Si-Wei ('83) Enjoys Teaching, Despite His Many Other Roles
July - William L. Ballhaus ('98) has Seen DynCorp International's Revenue Rise as CEO
June - UCLA Anderson Alumni Prove Their Value Across the Corporate Spectrum
May - Wooden Global Leadership Award Recipient American Express Company Chairman & CEO
April - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
March - Matheson ('78) represents UCLA Anderson In the House of Representatives
February - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
January - DeWolf ('05) and Gagne ('05) Share a Common Vision Managing Wealth

December - Denis Florin ('88): Energy in Transition
November - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
October - Salvador Viramontes ('96), Branding Batman in Britain