8. New Beginnings

It was the turn of the century and change was afoot. The stock market had soared to incredible heights, and there was plenty of gold on the horizon—I simply had to find my pot.

I had several conversations with Jim Cramer and Jeff Berkowitz during the final few months of 1999, and we were seemingly on the same page about me moving over to their shop. At $400 million, it was a much smaller fund than Galleon, but they dangled the elusive word: partner.

We met on several occasions to discuss the particulars of my term structure. I would join the firm and run the entire trading operation. My base salary would be $300,000, which provided the security I was looking for, but more enticing was that I would receive a nice percentage of ...

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