We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashkan Mapar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashkan, what do you attribute your success to?
Value add. That is the most important factor behind the success of TRITON FUNDS and my own personal brand. At TRITON FUNDS, we focus on making direct equity investments into both early stage private and public companies and have been successful due to our ability to provide a millennial perspective for our portfolio companies from a business development and capital markets standpoint. This millennial approach also allows the fund to identify investments the rest of Wall Street isn’t paying attention to.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
TRITON FUNDS LLC is the largest student-run fund manager in the United States with a focus on investments in early-stage public and private companies. We focus on utilizing our millennial viewpoint on the world and applying that to not only selecting and identifying investments, but also in improving various aspects our portfolio companies whether that be in their marketing strategy or investor awareness. Our recruitment strategy is also unique as we bring in students from all levels through the Academic Internship Program (A.I.P.) at UCSD, which allows students to get real world experience at the fund while receiving college credit towards their major or GE requirements. Being the new fund on the block on Wall Street is never easy, let alone being a fund managed by college students. However, by separating ourselves from the pack and utilizing our network of alumni and mentors ranging from C-suite executives to professors, we were able to overcome the initial humps and are still able to overcome the challenges that come our way on a daily basis. After overseeing the investments and operations of TRITON FUNDS, I’ve learned that obstacles will always be a part of any business but how you react to them is what separates you from the rest of the competition.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s too many places to go to within a week time frame when you’re in San Diego so I’ll boil it down to two main places that I spend most of my time in. First and foremost, I think the best place to take a friend to is La Jolla where there’s a multitude of places to eat and drink. A few of my go to places are The Spot, Puesto, Eddie V’s, Taco Stand, and Shore Rider. Besides places to eat and drink, surfing at Black’s beach, taking a hike near Glider Port, golfing at Torrey Pines Golf Course, and checking out the seals are a few fun activities for some first timers. Next, I’d show them around Pacific Beach where there is everything from day time activities to nightlife to check out. During the day, I’d take my friend to places like Kate Sessions park and Fiesta Island with a few stops in between to get drinks at El Prez or Maverick’s. Later at night, some of my favorite bars/restaurants to go to are Firehouse, Alehouse, Tavern At the Beach, and Backyard. While there is much more to explore within the city, these are my two favorite places to hang out at and take friends to.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to first give a shoutout to my team of Principals and Analysts at TRITON FUNDS because without them, I wouldn’t have the support needed to go through the rollercoaster ride of managing the day to day operations of an investment fund. Through all the ups and downs investors experience in the markets, at least I know I’ll have an awesome team with me every step of the way. Besides my team at TRITON FUNDS, I’d like to give a shoutout to my investors for going out on a limb to back the idea of the fund and for putting their trust in me with making the right decisions for each of our investments.
Other: Ashkan Mapar Personal Website: https://www.ashkanmapar.com/
Jillian Anne Carter