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Hey guys,

I've read a lot about networking on WSO and took my fair share of coffees and lunches, but that's usually rather boring. My former roommate, however, has a better story involving decent amounts of MDMA, a rave in one of Brooklyn's many sh*tholes, and a french S&T VP at a BB firm. He ended up partying with that guy until 9 in the morning and got a decent internship and an offer after summer.

What are your crazier (and funnier) networking stories ?

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  • EtherBinge's picture

    Clubbing with older high school alumni who work in IB/S&T.

    Strip clubs sometimes, just for the fun of it.

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    sub0's picture

    EtherBinge:
    Clubbing with older high school alumni who work in IB/S&T.

    Strip clubs sometimes, just for the fun of it.

    It's crazy the people you meet at strip clubs (in and out of finance).

  • Sandhurst's picture

    It was a nothing special locals bar in a ski town out west. I was there with my college roommate, knocking back a few smooth ones on the cheap before we hit the clubs. Somehow the conversation came to Mitt Romney's net worth. I said something about how, while he is undoubtedly quite rich at $200 million, the way he was getting beat up in the media you'd think he was Carl Ichan's richer, eviler twin.

    A few of the regulars at the bar looked over. I remembered where I was, and closed my mouth.

    A minute later, a well-dressed guy in his late 30s meanders over. He puts his hand on my shoulder. "You said it, kid," he said, and followed it with something about commies and the America he used to know.

    Turns out he's a partner at a prettay legit hedge fund, he tells me. (If I, already a few beers deep, recognized the name then it probably doesn't suck.) We chat for a few minutes. As he leaves to rejoin his friends, he hands me a business card. Tells me to "reach out."

    It was like a dream. But I had proof - the card. Emailed him a couple days later. Left a voice message a few days after that.

    Never heard back.

    "There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat."

  • In reply to Sandhurst
    gstackle32's picture

    Sandhurst:
    It was a nothing special locals bar in a ski town out west. I was there with my college roommate, knocking back a few smooth ones on the cheap before we hit the clubs. Somehow the conversation came to Mitt Romney's net worth. I said something about how, while he is undoubtedly quite rich at $200 million, the way he was getting beat up in the media you'd think he was Carl Ichan's richer, eviler twin.

    A few of the regulars at the bar looked over. I remembered where I was, and closed my mouth.

    A minute later, a well-dressed guy in his late 30s meanders over. He puts his hand on my shoulder. "You said it, kid," he said, and followed it with something about commies and the America he used to know.

    Turns out he's a partner at a prettay legit hedge fund, he tells me. (If I, already a few beers deep, recognized the name then it probably doesn't suck.) We chat for a few minutes. As he leaves to rejoin his friends, he hands me a business card. Tells me to "reach out."

    It was like a dream. But I had proof - the card. Emailed him a couple days later. Left a voice message a few days after that.

    Never heard back.

    Tragic

  • Edster's picture

    There's a rumor among students at my school about a guy who was sleeping with an older woman - think early forties - and who found out after a couple of months that she was a (married) Group Head at BofA. Basically, she liked to have her young athletic guy to entertain her every now and then when she was around. She also wined and dined him like crazy. She pretended that he was her son when she took her to some of the best restaurants and places.

    After a while he told her that he was looking for an associate position in IBD. That's where it just seems too good to be true; the rumor says that she made him the offer in bed right after sex. I can't really vouch for this, but even the OCR guy mentioned it when we talked.

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    5strong53's picture

    Edster:
    There's a rumor among students at my school about a guy who was sleeping with an older woman - think early forties - and who found out after a couple of months that she was a (married) Group Head at BofA. Basically, she liked to have her young athletic guy to entertain her every now and then when she was around. She also wined and dined him like crazy. She pretended that he was her son when she took her to some of the best restaurants and places.

    After a while he told her that he was looking for an associate position in IBD. That's where it just seems too good to be true; the rumor says that she made him the offer in bed right after sex. I can't really vouch for this, but even the OCR guy mentioned it when we talked.


    This has literally been my biggest fantasy of networking for the past year lol...would gladly bang some older women in hopes of landing an analyst gig...at the very least you get a few nuts in right?

  • f4tality's picture

    Not super crazy and I think it happens relatively often in Europe, but once I went to a networking event with a BB that took place the day before the OCR interviews, and I ended up going for drinks and eventually getting pretty drunk with the guys that would interview me the following day. Needless to say it went well :).

    What's even funnier is that some kids at my school declined coming for drinks after the event, to brush up their technicals and be fresh for the interview. Way to miss the point.

  • In reply to f4tality
    olafenizer's picture

    f4tality:
    Not super crazy and I think it happens relatively often in Europe, but once I went to a networking event with a BB that took place the day before the OCR interviews, and I ended up going for drinks and eventually getting pretty drunk with the guys that would interview me the following day. Needless to say it went well :).

    Judging by the smiley face, did you let him put it in your butt?

  • In reply to olafenizer
    SilvioBerlusconi's picture

    olafenizer:
    f4tality:
    Not super crazy and I think it happens relatively often in Europe, but once I went to a networking event with a BB that took place the day before the OCR interviews, and I ended up going for drinks and eventually getting pretty drunk with the guys that would interview me the following day. Needless to say it went well :).

    Judging by the smiley face, did you let him put it in your butt?

    ^This

    "Yes. Money has been a little bit tight lately, but at the end of my life, when I'm sitting on my yacht, am I gonna be thinking about how much money I have? No. I'm gonna be thinking about how many friends I have and my children and my comedy albums."

  • In reply to olafenizer
    CaR's picture

    olafenizer:
    f4tality:
    Not super crazy and I think it happens relatively often in Europe, but once I went to a networking event with a BB that took place the day before the OCR interviews, and I ended up going for drinks and eventually getting pretty drunk with the guys that would interview me the following day. Needless to say it went well :).

    Judging by the smiley face, did you let him put it in your butt?

    Olaf, I just saw that cheesey gordita crunch and SB'd you on the spot. Heroic avatar.

  • cujo.cabbie's picture

    Slept with a HR girl at GS who referred me for an interview....

    ....I wish! lol

  • In reply to Edster
    cujo.cabbie's picture

    Edster:
    There's a rumor among students at my school about a guy who was sleeping with an older woman - think early forties - and who found out after a couple of months that she was a (married) Group Head at BofA. Basically, she liked to have her young athletic guy to entertain her every now and then when she was around. She also wined and dined him like crazy. She pretended that he was her son when she took her to some of the best restaurants and places.

    After a while he told her that he was looking for an associate position in IBD. That's where it just seems too good to be true; the rumor says that she made him the offer in bed right after sex. I can't really vouch for this, but even the OCR guy mentioned it when we talked.

    Its all about 'bringing something to the table' at the end of the day. haha

  • design's picture

    Not really crazy or funny, just obscure. Back in high school, I used to work as a cashier at a supermarket. One of the customers I was ringing up started chatting with me and asking me about my plans in the future. I told her I was going off to university to study finance. She says, "Oh cool, I work in private equity myself." This lady was in her early to mid 40's, so in hindsight, I'd say she was at least a VP. Having absolutely no idea what she's talking about as a dumb high school kid, I just nod my head in ignorance and finish ringing her up. I didn't get any more details from her (wasn't interested in getting more at the time anyway) and she walked out the door.

    Now, she could've worked at a 5-man shop or Blackstone, but that was definitely a missed opportunity. Wish I was more knowledgeable back then...

  • In reply to olafenizer
    f4tality's picture

    olafenizer:
    f4tality:
    Not super crazy and I think it happens relatively often in Europe, but once I went to a networking event with a BB that took place the day before the OCR interviews, and I ended up going for drinks and eventually getting pretty drunk with the guys that would interview me the following day. Needless to say it went well :).

    Judging by the smiley face, did you let him put it in your butt?

    No my butt will always remain your's Olaf, I couldn't handle anything bigger than 2 inches...

  • CountryUnderdog's picture

    Emailed with a head of financial sponsors group. He forwarded resume to HR. HR sent me an email saying thanks but no thanks. Got him to meet with me for an "information interview" face to face a month later. 2 months after that I get a random call asking if I was interested in an interview. 1 week after that I interviewed. 2 days after summer offer. Bam.

    "They are all former investment bankers that were laid off in the economic collapse that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have no marketable skills, but by God they work hard."

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    huanleshalemei's picture

    The Auto Show

  • DBCooper's picture

    Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

  • arru's picture