I must have sacrificed myself to save my country in a past lifeSubscribe
Because I am so goddamn lucky.
I'm currently an exchange student in Hong Kong. After dinner, a few friends and I decided on a whim to get drunk and go to a horse racing stadium. Horse racing is a big fucking deal in Hong Kong— tons of people go there on Wednesday and Sunday nights to drink, gamble, and hang out— and we were curious to see what it was like. We had no idea what to expect.
We get off the MTR about a mile away from the stadium and of course google maps is bugging out. My friends are on their phones trying to figure out where the fuck we are, but I'm a resourceful (and impatient) guy so I just stop the first guy to pass me and I ask him where the stadium is. This dude in his mid thirties, looks a bit nerdy, and is dressed like he's about to go on a casual date or something.
"Yeah, I'm actually going there now. You can just follow me."
"Awesome, thanks. Are you going to bet on any horses? You look like you know what you're doing. Do you have any tips?"
Anyways, we shoot the shit for a while, talking about horses, the area, being an exchange student, etc. Eventually, I ask him what he does.
"I'm a hedge fund manager."
Holy fucking SHIT. No way. Is this a movie? What are the odds of this happening? I tell him that I'm really into algorithmic trading, investing, research, etc. He tells me about his funds strategy, his career, and gives me some advice. I can't believe it. I'm freaking out internally the entire time. His fund is $3b+.
We get to the stadium, and he tells me that my entrance is a few hundred meters down. He tells me that he would have taken me up to his box to meet his hedge fund and trading buddies, but since I'm not dressed nicely enough they wouldn't let me in. He decides to walk me and my friends all the way down to the entrance for plebs. I seriously can't believe how nice this guy was.
Anyways, he drops me his phone number, I thank him, and we part ways. Wow.
When/what should I message him? Should I try to see if he'll let me intern at his fund, or is that a bit presumptuous? Should I just stick to asking him for advice? Perhaps he could become a mentor of sorts?
Does anyone know what to do in this situation? I've never really networked before and I literally have no clue. I have his number, but how do I leverage it?