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"Billions" - a new series about hedge...I just saw this article posted on Business Insider. Showtime will be airing a series written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The cast seems strong based on the mention of Giamatti, who likely won't be drinking any f%cking merlot, and Damian Lewis, the guy from Homeland... 2 months 4 days
Private Equity Recruiting SeasonHi all, I saw this post from Dealbook this morning (link inside the post). Nothing really new here compared to years past. How is everyone doing managing their interview schedules? I'm very curious to hear how people negotiate positions that won't be starting until summer 2016 as well. Any... 3 months 2 weeks
Forbes 30 Under 30 - FinanceForbes just released the list a few days back (Jan 9th). What do you all think of the group this year? 4 months 1 week
30 Day ChallengeI listen to a lot of Bill Burr and Tim Ferriss podcasts. Maybe it’s because of that, in combination with a few other personal interests, that I’m also interested in people’s experiences in how they try to better themselves. Ferriss might be the ultimate personal guinea pig, while Burr constantly... 8 months 3 weeks
How I WorkMod Note (Andy): This post originally went up last year but has been getting some new "How I Work" entries (see bottom of comments), feel free to add to the discussion! The website/blog has a very interesting series of interviews called “How I Work.” I first stumbled upon this... 9 months 2 weeks
The Unsolicited Job OfferWhile many of us are always interested in moving another rung up the magical career ladder, concerned about “exit opportunities”, and generally always having an eye on the next great endeavor, the fact of the matter is few will truly “make it” (enter your own definition of that here). A lot of... 1 year 4 months
TV: Consumers Want The ControlI had a lunch meeting with one of my MDs about three years ago and the subject eventually turned towards cable providers and what shows we watched. He was adamant about cancelling his contract with Comcast at the time because “the content isn’t any good and the customer service is horrible so I’d... 1 year 8 months
My Review of "The Profit"For those that are not aware, there is a new show this year on CNBC Prime called “The Profit.” It stars Marcus Lemonis as a turnaround, profiteering guru that invests in, takes short-term control (often a week or two at the most) to impart changes that should eventually lead to big increases in... 1 year 9 months
Fundraising ConundrumI thought I would touch on the topic of fundraising this week. I read an article earlier in the week that mentioned there is a large overhang of dry powder (committed capital) that still has to be put to use by private equity funds to the tune of about $145B. The article (link here), also... 1 year 10 months
Business Conference - A Beginner's GuideI did a search on industry networking events like those hosted through ACG and AM... 1 year 10 months


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IB vs. VC, PE, Hedge Funds?Solid responses above. Another way to think about it is by type of involvement and ownership. Some loose rules of thumb to go by (always exceptions): IB - service provider to companies; seldom if ever own any equity in the business; no board seats VC - generally a minority ownership, investing... 1 month 3 weeks
How much legal power does an offer letter have?If it eases your mind, the fact that it's unpaid is in your favor in that it's only costing them their time. While yes, time can be more valuable to some than money, it's not showing up as an expense to them. Free help is most always appreciated. I certainly would be hard pressed to turn it down.... 2 months 1 day
Learn How to Decode Body Language from an FBI GuruI read this book a while back and I think it can serve as a good guide but not necessarily 100% accurate in every situation. One thing I've read often on the topic of interviews, interrogation, negotiation, etc., is that you always need to establish a baseline for the person you're analyzing. Many... 2 months 6 days
March Madness 2015I just saw that last night. Spot on and a shame how little they seem to care about all of these "student-athletes" when they aren't on television promoting their respective schools. I thought Oliver's point on the store clerk selling the player's jersey and making $10 an hour while the player gets... 2 months 1 week
PE recruiting covered in Dealbook articleLooks like we had the same idea for a post. Very curious to hear some of the positive stories from the forums. 3 months 2 weeks
DeletexxxA questions related to classes: How do you plan electives and other flexible aspects of coursework during the program to tailor towards an end goal? How much wiggle room do you have for areas of specialization or focus? I'm sure it depends on background going into the program but any insights here... 4 months 2 days
Forbes 30 Under 30 - FinanceCompletely agree with StJamesPark. I thought the opening story was a nice touch. How do I make sure the industry titans have my mobile number? I'm guessing I need to update the old LinkedIn profile. 4 months 2 weeks
Chicago - Megafund placementSurprised no one mentioned Merit Capital and Beecken, Petty, O'Keefe & Co. By no means megafunds but firms that have raised multiple funds so they must be doing something right, right? BPOC has raised 5 funds to date (4 under current name); Merit Capital 5 funds as well, the latest around $600mm.... 8 months 1 hour
How do I act at a Career Fair/Network?I would recommend researching companies so you can find a top 5 groups you want to talk to and a second tier 5 that you also might have interest. It might be easier on you to approach a company you're not as interested in at first so you get your mistakes out early before trying to impress someone... 8 months 4 days
30 Day ChallengeQuick update: Week 1 is in the books. I made it to the gym every day before work except Friday. Writing down everything you eat each day definitely has the desired effect of consciously making better choices. Looking back over the last week it might appear to be just scribble on a page but, to... 8 months 3 weeks