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.