I graduated from UT with a BBA in Marketing in 1979. With zero business experience under my belt and no money to start a business, I took a sales job in the TMT (telecom/media/technology) industry. My goal was to eventually be the captain of my own ship and be the leader/owner of a business. My first goal was to learn as much about the TMT industry as I could. Needless to say, I was drinking from a fire hose the first couple years. Secondly, I began socializing my desire to put capital to work with private equity groups, hedge funds, wealthy friends, and families. Then I created a network of private business owners who I felt had the potential of one day exiting the business. I worked on mini-business cases showing what I could do with the business under my leadership. Since leaving UT, I have purchased six (not including add-on acquisitions) platforms of what I would consider previously under-managed and under-marketed properties. Each of these has been successful and financially rewarding to my management team and me. If I were graduating UT today, I would use the same playbook.