LOL - I almost feel bad, but get ready people, for this is an instance where even the preface of epic wouldn't adequately frame the subsequent fail above. The poster above obviously used the term "obviously" to express his obvious understanding of what he thought was obvious. Unfortunately, you failed to consider that generality is sometimes used by a person in a position of elevated expertise in order to prevent alienating people through the use of detailed esoterica. Part of my 7+ years of financial services/investment experience involved working for an investment firm; we had roughly 100 million under management. Heard of triple-leveraged ETF's? (one of my favorite instruments at the time that I did exceedingly well with) In any case, I just had to point out that your experience radar is retardedly off - perhaps in the future you should consider the possibility that not all others are as green as you are at life. Cheers.
Not to be too big of a dick, but I personally manage an amount similar to what your entire firm had under management (I doubt I'm going out on a limb by assuming that $70-80 million now is comparable to or exceeds the amount that $100 million at your chop shop dwindled down to after the collapse).
People here should not be wildly impressed by this dollar amount. This hardly makes you an expert on hedge funds. Did your 3 or 4 broker independent investment firm even have access to hedge funds? Were you licensed to solicit them? Highly doubtful with that paltry amount of assets and since you were obviously a junior member of the group.
Just because you had some sort of discretionary trading platform where you traded triple-leveraged ETF's does not make you a rocket scientist, nor an expert on hedge funds. The inference, in fact, is laughable. Joe Blow on Main Street USA has access to triple leveraged ETF's in his Scottrade account.
If people reading this thread want to work at a hedge fund, look at the qualifications of those who currently work at one. The credentials and skills sets they seek are very specific, and so are the educational pedigrees.