Pitch Meeting

Human behavior is highly predictable. People don’t like to believe this. Most people would exit this situation with a good story they’ll be repeating at family holidays for years to come. We would exit with a free room in Vegas for life.

We perservered when most people give up. The longer we were stuck in the casino’s security, the better off we’d be when we got out. It was boring at the time, but it would prove to be far more lucrative than placing bets on the casino floor all day. We’d only have to put in a little time, and we would be reaping the rewards for years. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Twenty minutes later, the manager came in. It was textbook. At first, he was only willing to acknowledge they were able to confirm that Paul was not, in fact, counting cards. For our inconvenience, front row tickets to some pop star’s show. When they saw the uninterested look on our faces, they offered free meals and drinks for the rest of the weekend and told us we could keep our Egyptian cotton robes. At the mention of our lawyer, we had VIP accommodations for as long as we both shall live.

Thankfully, we experienced no additional hiccups for the duration of our trip. On Monday morning, we flew back to San Francisco, just in time to pitch our hot new startup idea to Silicon Valley’s oldest VC firm.