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How Not To Apply For A Job In Banking, Revisited.

Well, that was a close call. For a few moments we were worried you might miss out on Aleksey Vayner’s now world-famous (or at least Wall Street famous) video “Impossible Is Nothing.” His site went down and the video with it. Aleksey may have had second thoughts. Or maybe all the traffic it was getting crashed it.
No need to worry. The video is back, courtesy of the gang at IvyGate who were thoughtful enough to preserve the video on YouTube. (Link here.)
You might also want to check out the website for his, uhm, “hedge fund.” As commenter Mike pointed out, the “Our Philosophy” section is a work of wonder. The key to success at “Vayner Capital Management, LLC” is that they will “Never Lose Money.”
And one last note: we still cannot get over the nagging feeling that somehow this is an elaborate set up. We’ve had confirmation from a Yalie that he’s for real but still. The name is so Dickensian-perfect it’s unbelievable. Vayner? Vain-er?

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128 Responses to “How Not To Apply For A Job In Banking, Revisited.”

  1. John Doe says:

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  2. Vayner/Garber says:

    Pages 12-13
    Vayner used to go by Garber

  3. John says:

    like sister, like brother. Con-artist wankers

  4. Mike says:

    I can promise everyone this is for real. I went to school with him at Yale. He is infamous around campus for his tall tales; my favorite is his claim to have participated in the “Bloodsport” tournament in Thailand or something.

  5. innox says:

    Yeah, this is for real. I’m Yale ’07, and the guy is kind of notorious around here.

  6. jeff says:

    like aleksey, i “inadvertantly trained [my] mind.” once. it was frankly too hard for a man my size. i’ll never do it again.

  7. Dan Bush says:

    That is total and complete BS. I have been bodybuilding for years and I can tell you for a fact that he did not bench that weight, assuming the plates were 45 and the bar 45 as well. Get it out of here.

  8. realrecognizerealforreal says:

    ya’ll haters.

  9. Alexsey says:

    You guys are directly interfering with my success and I hereby cross you out of my life.

  10. Bulldawg says:

    Just a testament to how cool everyone at Yale is. This guy has 591 Facebook friends at Yale. If this guy sucks so bad, don’t confirm his as a friend.

  11. Anonymous says:

    if for real you mean this guy does exist. yes he does. i know people who know him. i’ve seen him around. if by for real you mean he is telling the truth? hah!

  12. Anonymous says:

    if for real you mean this guy exists, then yes, he does exist. . i know people who know him. i’ve seen him around. if for real you mean he is telling the truth? hah!

  13. Anonymous says:

    What a wanker!

  14. McBeaver says:

    He reminds me of the main character from Rushmore.

  15. Dan Bush says:

    Did you bench that weight? No. No you didn’t. Tell me that you, a little twit, benched in the four hundred range. Go ahead and throw lies my way. You’re a shrimp. My sister has more body mass than you. I am 21. I have been bodybuilding for 4 years. I just was able to get up 410X4 about a week ago. There is no way. Also, congats on your SUCCSESSFUL ruining of your IBD chances.

  16. IBanker'02 says:

    Everyone is labelling this kid as the new Gao. But Ms. Gao was far from the first to bring comedic relief via email to our drab days. I think the dealbreaker should compile a “best of” list highliting the hilarity that ensues when an email gets into the wrong hands. Two off the top of my head come to mind that were pre-Gao. 1. The Alex Triplett “Too good looking email” and 2. the legendary Peter Chung’s “Korean Nightlife” email….

  17. Poseidon says:

    The difference between Gao and Vayner, while both lacking in the character department, are wide. Gao was just obnoxious. What Vayner did was illegal, as he held himself out to be something he isn’t.

  18. Joe says:

    Dude must also be breaking SEC rules and regulations by stating that his fund will “Never Lose Money.” Bummer to be banned from the industry before you even get started. At least he won’t have to admit guilt.

  19. Anonymous says:

    At least he CAN say he made an attempt for success; fail or not he DID get your attention. Everyone may laugh about the tape but they do remember it don’t they. Can you say that about your last interview?

  20. sftrader says:

    You know, Jeffrey Dahmer used to say the same thing when he was contemplating his rise to fame. Come to think about it, I bet Jeff Epstein thinks with that logic as well. Relax, youre in good company genius.

  21. Me says:

    CFP “anticipated” in 2007….Series 65 “anticipated” in November? what a chump!….

  22. dave says:

    the video is down, can someone post it back on youtube?? Thank you!

  23. John Carney says:
    It’s all over YouTube now. Here’s a link that worked this morning.

  24. Shane says:

    There was a show on with John Stossel that had an interview with him. He said it has ruined his life. There is also a few videos of people making fun of him that are just as funny. I’ll try and dig some up. Keep up the good work Dealbreaker
    Shane @wallstreetfighter

  25. Alex is my CIA Hero! says:

    Copied from an ABC News / 2020 interview with our favorite liar:
    Aleksey Vayner wants to warn you about another risk. The Yale student applied for Wall Street jobs by sending out a link to his video resume with his traditional resume, thinking it would help him stand out from all the other applicants.
    But the seven-minute video included boastful statements, showing him lifting heavy weights, karate-chopping a stack of bricks, and dancing. He sent the video to half a dozen banks, and someone at one of them forwarded it and his personal information to someone who put it on the Web.
    Within days, he started getting e-mails about it.
    “What I see is these huge chains of messages that have been forwarded to each other,” he said.
    Today, a million people may have seen it. He’s been mocked on news programs and on the Web. The exposure has, he says, ruined his life.
    “All of my private information is on the Internet,” he said. “I receive hundreds of harassing messages. … I have to change telephone numbers. I have to get new e-mail addresses. … I have to change bank accounts.”
    He complained to YouTube, which promptly removed his video, but then someone else posted it. … Again and again. People at his college even dressed up as him for Halloween.
    “People would call you douche bag, a liar. … They want to beat you. They want to deport you. They want to throw you out of school,” he said. “All of my private information is on the Internet. People are using my name and identity for some dating Web sites. People are applying to get loans under my name. You know, I receive hundreds of harassing messages, and for a period of time it, it was pretty scary. … You start wondering what are the consequences, you know. Will any of these crazy people actually try to pursue these actions?”
    He believes that his dream of working in investment banking is over, and that Wall Street is closed to him.
    “Is it possible that all this publicity will turn out to be good?” I asked him.
    “So far it’s been like going through hell,” he said.
    Vayner now has a lawyer and is considering suing the bank that he believes initially forwarded his resume.
    “For some reason the focus has been on me and the resume, which I think is very unjust,” he said. “I think the focus should be on the simple fact that one of the top financial institutions in the world violates privacy and sends out very personal information out to the public.”
    But suing won’t restore his privacy. His attorney, Christian Stueben, says that despite their efforts, Vayner’s video resume will never come off the Internet.
    “It’ll never come off,” Stueben said. “The law has not caught up with the technology that people are using.”
    “I’m simply a college senior. I never intended nor wanted any of this publicity. This publicity is not only stressful, it’s extremely time consuming. It’s very costly, and I’m not the only one who’s affected. It affects hundreds of people who are close to me as well,” Vayner said.
    Yeah, poor baby. After killing dozens of gladiators in Afghanistan with your bare hands and working in underground CIA tunnels, having people talk about it on the internet is kinda rough! lol… He’s my favorite loser.

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