Rec Letters to Launch PE Firm
At the last step of launching a modest PE fund and one small thing threatens to torpedo the whole thing... two recommendation letters requested by the CIO of the lead institutional investor.
To get to where I am (especially at a relatively young age) took a lot of ball busting and bridge burning. I've literally taken away clients from past MDs/bosses. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the brightest, sharpest, or hardest working guy. Good enough? Lucky enough? Sure.
I have everything that investors would look for-- top undergrad, MBA, 10+ years of experience and network, willingness to think outside the box, scrappiness etc. The only thing standing in between me and "2/20" are two recommenders (i.e. ex-bosses or people that can speak to my professional talent, ambitions, work ethic, etc.).
If anyone has any suggestions, I'm ready to give away all my silver bananas.