Everything After, “Now Listen Carefully”

Chief:”What part did you miss?”
Maxwell Smart: “Everything after, ‘Now listen carefully…’”
      – “Get Smart” (1965-1970)

Just had the CEO of an early-stage company relate to me this blackly comedic venture capital anecdote. Young big-ego venture guy swaggers into a room late, tells the the CEO mid-slide, “Talk fast, I’ve got a big pipe — I can take it in.” And then he spends the rest of the presentation asking the CEO what was on the preceding slide.
It feels so false that it has to be true.

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  1. Jon H says:

    “Talk fast, I’ve got a big pipe — I can take it in”
    Oh my, the double entendres in that one…