The Greif Center considers its graduates a source of great pride and inspiration.
Our alumni regularly share their entrepreneurial insights and successes with current students in a variety of ways: through in-class guest speaking engagements, extracurricular panel and workshop participation, and involvement in our Entrepreneur Mentorship program. A number of our alumni are also members of our Advisory Board.
Each year, we celebrate our program’s graduates at a Networking Day in which past students can share news about their businesses, sit in on informative panel discussions, and celebrate one of their own as Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. At our 2015 event, we honored Brandon Beck, '04 and Marc Merrill, '02, co-founders of Riot Games.
Brandon Beck & Marc Merrill
CO-FOUNDERS AND CO-CEOS, RIOT GAMES
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR 2015
Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill met as undergraduates at USC and launched Riot Games in 2006 with the goal of becoming the most player-focused game company in the world. Riot Games released its acclaimed debut title, League of Legends, in 2009. Today, it’s played by over 100 million players every month (and growing). The company is headquartered in West Los Angeles, with offices around the globe. Fortune magazine has ranked Riot Games among the 100 best companies to work for.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, BOX
ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2014
Aaron Levie developed Box -- a fast growing enterprise content platform -- while at USC. In 2005, he and freind Dylan Smith launched the company as CEO and CFO, and Levie left school. Since then, Box has helped businesses of all sizes, including a Who's Who of Fortune 500 firms, be more competititve, collaborative and productive, managing data across any device, anywhere. Levie has been named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 and Fortune's 40 Under 40, and as Inc.'s Entrepreneur of the Year.