Time 100: How to Meet Influential People

April 16, 2015 11:00 AM

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Time 100: How to Meet Influential People

Conspiracy theorists think the elite form trilateral commissions and illuminati societies that assemble underneath the Denver airport to rule the world. Not at all. We’re not secretive people. We’re braggy people. We go to parties. We meet at Davos, Sundance, TED and, best of all, the TIME 100 gala. We don’t so much talk about ruling the world as get drunk and exchange numbers so we can meet for expensive lunches and TIME the next recession.

While the TIME 100 gala is definitely one of the 100 Most Influential Parties, it’s way shorter than Bilderberg. Plus, the speeches, performances and dinner get in the way of email swapping. So I figured I’d preintroduce some of this year’s attendees over the phone, so that they could more quickly c...

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