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October 2021

STUDENT NEWS

L.A. Business Journal Recognizes Anderson Entrepreneurs

Having launched their respective beverage companies during the pandemic, MBA students Victoria Brodsky (’23) and Emily Smith (’22) are pouring their way into the extremely competitive beverage world. Victoria is founder & CEO of DrinkLyte, which produces a ready-to-drink, recovery and rehydration regimen. Emily is founder and CEO of nuFYX, which produces an 100% plant-based powder using clean protein. Both hit a crossroads when COVID-19 struck but tapped Anderson resources to help them successfully navigate their journeys. Both entrepreneurs were also recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal on its list of 20 in Their 20s entrepreneurs.
UCLA Anderson Innovation Challenge 2022 Is on the Horizon
SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

Solving Major Societal Issues with New Technology

Easton Technology Management Center is bringing great minds and ideas together. Aiming to solve real-world problems through technology, its Innovation Challenge  is bringing a multidisciplinary set of UCLA students together to provide learning and support to get new businesses off the ground. Bluefin Foods' founders Keith David ('21) and Taissa Maleh ('21) knew they needed to balance out their team with science expertise. Through the Challenge, they recruited several Ph.D. candidates and scientists. “There’s so much value in working together—polishing the idea and design, and getting feedback in the competition—the closest thing to actually pitching VCs and investors,” said Keith.
Jason Hsu
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Asset Manager Blends His Career in Investing with Academia

Jason Hsu (Ph.D. ’04) is the founder, chairman and CIO of Rayliant Global Advisors, a quantitative asset manager based in Hong Kong. Since graduation, Jason joined Anderson's faculty to teach Financial Policy for Managers and Quantitative Asset Management—and has hired 25+ Anderson alumni. He also joined Anderson’s Board of Advisors  with hopes of repaying a "debt" to the alma mater that benefited his career. “I think where I can be useful is in program design, curriculum design, because as an employer, I’ve definitely seen how our needs have changed over time and how the school has reacted.” 
Alumni group photos from WWW 2021
CONNECTIONS

A Global Welcome for Classes of 2020 & 2021

With a return to in person events in many cities, Anderson alumni were excited to reconnect at Worldwide Welcome Weeks (WWW) 2021 events in London, Los Angeles, Paris, San Diego, San Mateo, Seattle, and more! View WWW photos from events around the world and watch recent discussions about the current real estate market and the entertainment streaming revolution.  Discover more upcoming events including gatherings in Asia and South America.
Social Innovations Around the World
ACCESS

Social Innovations Around the World

Join the Centers@Anderson for a virtual panel on November 9 to discuss how innovative technology can enable positive change and bring new solutions to improve environmental sustainability and advance global, social responsibility. Professor Chris Tang will be joined in conversation by Cheryl Gregory (’10), senior manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Edwin Keh, CEO, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, and Shailendra Tyagi, former head, supply chain and logistics, ITC Limited.

Examining How We and the World Work
FACULTY INSIGHTS

Examining How We and the World Work

In the latest release of How the World Works podcasts, Anderson faculty discuss a variety of observations with Warren Olney:
 

What Does it Take to be a Smart Shopper? Stamina
Associate Professor of Marketing Elisabeth Honka finds consumers peter out, leaving money on the table. Listen Now.

When Viewing COVID Charts, Watch for this Classic Psychological Trick 
Associate Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making Stephen Spiller spots the optimism behind a decrease in new cases. Listen Now.

Debunking One of the Most Famous Psychology Experiments Ever
Professor of Behavioral Economics and Genoeconomics Dan Benjamin thoroughly shakes down the classic marshmallow test. Listen Now.
It’s a Startup — and Almost Certainly a Future Acquisition by a Tech Giant
ANDERSON REVIEW

Latest in Anderson Faculty Research

Gain insights on a variety of business topics from cutting-edge research by UCLA Anderson’s faculty in this month’s Anderson Review.

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