Aryeh Bourkoff – Episode 1

Aryeh Bourkoff on Empathy, Digital Communities, Relationships vs. Transactions, Being Self-Aware, Dreaming about Being Shy and Lazy

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Aryeh Bourkoff, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of LionTree, an independent investment and merchant bank, advising and investing in transformational CEOs and the companies they lead. Aryeh founded LionTree in 2012, during a time of unprecedented disruption across media and technology.
Dubbed “media’s hottest dealmaker” by Hollywood Reporter, Aryeh is known for advising on some of the largest transactions in the space, including the recent spin-off of Warner Media from AT&T to create Warner Brothers Discovery, and the sale of MGM to Amazon.
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Key Topics

[0:00] Introduction
[1:55] Naming LionTree based on Aryeh and his wife’s names
[4:53] Building trust, community, and LionTree’s annual conference
[10:09] Aryeh’s core values on a personal level
[12:52] Bored Apes Yacht Club, digital communities
[15:31] Justin Beiber, digital identity
[17:55] Do we lose our humanity in digital spaces?
[20:36] Zoom, its uses and misuses, and the telephone
[22:17] Masters of relationships vs. transactions
[25:03] Building a firm for relationships vs. transactions
[29:21] Scarcity brings out creativity
[31:30] Staying humble doing multi-billion deals
[34:25] Abraham Accords, the economic future of the Middle East
[38:17] Companies vs. countries
[42:38] Aryeh’s big idea to transform the Middle East
[45:31] The values Aryeh seeks in others
[47:08] Aryeh’s motivation
[48:50] The problem Aryeh would most like to fix
[52:12] ESG and climate change metrics for businesses
[56:06] How Aryeh built his career; deciding to be a specialist
[57:12] Why Aryeh is on Instagram and not Twitter
[1:00:18] What makes Aryeh cry
[1:01:43] How Aryeh wants to be remembered at the end of his life
[1:01:45] What the title of Aryeh’s biography would be
[1:02:57] Aryeh’s birthday resolution
[1:04:34] Aryeh’s birthday advice for others

Show References

LionTree’s annual letter: Growing Down
How Aryeh Bourkoff Became Media’s Hottest Dealmaker (Hollywood Reporter)
Tensegrity (Wikipedia)
Empathy (company website)
Bored Apes Yacht Club NFTs
Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch (Wikipedia)
Abraham Accords (US Department of State)
ESG - Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (Wikipedia)
Ethics of the Fathers - Giving Wisdom at 50 (Sefaria)


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