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Guys,

I swear I've discovered the gold mine of networking. After countless hours of air travel, I've determined that there is no better place to network than the first class cabin of a plane or the airline lounges at the airport. A few weeks ago I sat next to a CEO who said he makes $5M+/year and was college friends with Steve Cohen and numerous buddies at SAC. Guy spent 3 hours talking to me about lean manufacturing and business judgment. Yesterday I sat next to another PE professional who was on his way to a management presentation. Now I'm at Continental's lounge and the guy sitting next to me is dropping the words "Carlyle" and "M&A" like they're going out of style.

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  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    That probably means he's a college sophomore and an avid user of WSO

    I do agree that airport lounges are money places to network though

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • CompBanker's picture

    Nah, the guy was legit. He gave me a business card, a book to read (that he happened to be carrying around), and told me to mail it back to him when I was done.

    CompBanker

  • Nouveau Richie's picture

    I agree, major shit goes down in first class.

    One time, my friend flew first class from Paris to Los Angeles and the flight was filled with famous/important people: Leonardo Dicaprio, the chick from "Juno," the girly-man from "(500) Days of Summer," some heir to a family fortune, the owner of the airline, and a couple other really well-dressed people. Anyway, my friend said they mindfucked the rich heir guy a bit and somehow convinced him to divest the divisions of his dad's company.

    Crazy, I know. Anyway, there's way more to the story, it's a bit confusing, it would probably take me like... exactly 148 minutes to tell you what really happened.

  • Midas Mulligan Magoo's picture

    I made a post about this a while back. If you hang around enough you will find tons of PE guys in airports all over the place...as far as celebrities...listen to this shit show:

    I flew from Sao Paulo to Miami about a year ago in an empty Boeing 767 with Macy Gray and her girlfriend.

    They were fighting, chasing each other up and down the isles, making up, kissing, screaming, going to the bathroom every 15 minutes coming back hyperactive and smiling like clowns. Good times.

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    Did she try to say good bye and she choked or tried to walk away but she stumbled? Just curious

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • In reply to happypantsmcgee
    econ's picture

    CompBanker wrote:
    Now I'm at Continental's lounge and the guy sitting next to me is dropping the words "Carlyle" and "M&A" like they're going out of style.

    happypantsmcgee wrote:
    That probably means he's a college sophomore and an avid user of WSO

    LOL! Classic! That deserves a silver banana.

    Nouveau Richie wrote:
    I agree, major shit goes down in first class.

    One time, my friend flew first class from Paris to Los Angeles and the flight was filled with famous/important people: Leonardo Dicaprio, the chick from "Juno," the girly-man from "(500) Days of Summer," some heir to a family fortune, the owner of the airlines, and a couple other really well-dressed people. Anyway, my friend said they mindfucked the rich heir guy a bit and somehow convinced him to divest the divisions of his dad's company.

    Crazy, I know. Anyway, there's way more to the story, it's a bit confusing, it would probably take me like... exactly 148 minutes to tell you what really happened.

    As does this!

  • D M's picture

    lmfao happy, awesome.

    Generally speaking a lot of older guys (from what I've seen) enjoy the upscale places where it's not super loud and they can talk and have a good time. Bars and clubs are great to go out and get sloshed at, but going to a nice Jazz bar, the opera (the Met, specifically, in NYC), Broadway shows, etc, you'll probably have a decent opportunity to meet people. Bars/Lounges are generally the best places because they might only be out by themselves or having a drink with a couple friends. The others are kind of harder just to walk up to somebody and be like, "hey, blah blah blah".

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
    "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee

  • Jorgé's picture

    I agree, airports and planes are rife with networking opportunities. My whackjob to legit ratio has been a bit skewed to the former though.

    People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis, you can't trust people Jeremy