worst email you've ever seen?

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I was warned early in my career about being careful what you put down in text.
There were a few gems I still remember:

- Peter Chung, Carlyle Korea's career-ending email

  • Aleksey Vayner's UBS application video

- Lucy Gao's 'iron lady' birthday invitation

You guys got any cringe-worthy email stories?

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Comments (7)

Nov 3, 2019

Pretty sure that Peter Chung guy ended up at another HF shortly after that email went around, so not really career ending.

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Nov 4, 2019

fair enough. I'll amend. Not sure what I should call it. "career-dinging" ? "career denting"? "career-mildly-rerouting"? Doesn't have the same ring to it.

Nov 3, 2019

That is the funniest email I've ever read lmao

"Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."

Nov 4, 2019

yeah, to be honest the real problem was that one of his homies must have forwarded the email around. I'm sure I've said worse verbally to my own buddies. I've just never sent such a thing in writing - and certainly not from a corporate email!

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Nov 4, 2019

Would actually think those are the best emails I've ever seen, especially the Peter Chung one. The Carlyle folk were clearly just jealous

Nov 4, 2019

As long as you are not incredibly stupid and/or naive, the chances of your career coming to an end due to inappropriate content in an email, would be very low. With that said, there is a much higher probability that poorly constructed emails will have a negative impact on your career.

Nov 4, 2019
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