If you’ve ever flown before, perhaps you know that when you are on the ground, the views are usually beautiful and the flight is awesome. But, when you get to your seat and your feet are dangling off the floor, you have a certain level of self-awareness that is really nice. Most people would prefer the view from their seat, however, there are times when you want to be surrounded by your favorite smells, tastes, and sounds.
On the weekends, we go to Richmond, Virginia for a series of conference calls, where we have a good time talking about the ins and outs of the business and the life of a VC. We get to experience all that awesome travel, but we get to do it all from the comfort of our own home in the suburbs.
Sometimes you think that you’re going to use all of the time at your conference, but that’s not true; you go to the meetings and have a good time, but it’s all about the people; the people are the reason you go. We’ve been to lots of conferences and meetups that are not much fun, but we also have a good time.
In the VC business, time is a scarce commodity, so the best we can do is book a flight. The biggest difference between the VC business and the ordinary personal business is that VCs are generally in a better position to book flights than average. When you think about it, VCs are usually a little more selective about which flights to book, and the ones they do book can be more costly than the ones that don’t.
The best part of the conference we attended was the flight to Houston. Not only were we able to watch a group of entrepreneurs and investors fly in an Airbus A340, but we also got to see a group of entrepreneurs and investors fly in a Boeing 737, which is the most common type of airplane used in the US.
Not long ago we wrote about how flying is a bit like swimming. If you’re not going to swim, you’re going to end up in the ocean. So if you’re going to fly, you have to make your plane have a really long wingspan so that you can fly in the air with the wind at your back.
And the problem with planes is that they can get pretty expensive. If you’re flying a private airplane, you can pretty much count on the government stepping in and picking up the tab. That’s not always the case if you’re flying for a private organization. For instance, if you’re flying a private plane for you and your partner, you are supposed to pay for the plane, so you can’t just fly on your own dime.
You can either fly private or using the government’s private planes. In theory, flying for private airlines should be very easy to do. Especially if your partner works there. If you’re renting a plane, you can just sign some paperwork to make sure your partner is aware that you’re flying it.
But like many people who have tried to fly for a private airline (or a government plane) you will find that the process can be very frustrating and slow. I mean, do you really want to fly somewhere and not know where you are? The only real solution is to find a way to fly for the government so you don’t have to deal with these problems.
So what you do is you get a copy of what the government has on file for the person making the flight. For example, if your partner is a lawyer you can ask the government to search the internet and see if there are any flights to any cities. If there are, you can find out which ones you can use and make your flight. The problem is that government planes are not cheap, especially when you consider flying from one city to another city that is closer.