21 Questions & 5 Cold Message Templates used to reach a Former Prime Minister, Peter Thiel & Tim Ferriss


Email Templates

Email to former prime minister & Goldman Sachs Partner, Malcolm turnbull

[This came following an introduction]


Dear Malcolm,

It’s an honour to meet you over email. Our names are Sachin and Adam, hosts of The Sachin and Adam Show. We are current and former students of The University of Sydney. Whilst we’ve followed your political career closely, we also have a personal fascination with your career in business and venture capital investing. One of our goals together is to set up an impact-based venture capital fund, informed by our passion in entrepreneurship, investing and social impact.


We’re writing to you as an invitation to our podcast.


We are both massive fans of you and your career. We’ve read multiple biographies of you, including your latest autobiography, ‘A Bigger Picture’, and are in awe of what you’ve been able to achieve in your life, not just in politics, but also in law, investment banking and venture capital. As young ambitious men who want to make a positive impact in this world, you are a role model to us, especially as we share your interests in technology and early-stage investing.


We interview exceptional leaders, such as yourself, in order to distill their learnings and wisdom they have accumulated through their career successes and challenges. Our mission is to distribute these learnings to university students, who are the future leaders of our nation and who are going through the critical period of deciding what they want to do in life and how they want to do it.


Over the past two years we have produced 50 episodes with over 50,000 views. Some of our guests include:

  • Elizabeth Broderick – Gender equality advocate and leader of Champions of Change Coalition
  • Harry Guinness – Founder of The Blueprint Institute
  • Tim Fung – Founder and CEO of Airtasker
  • Michael Trail – Co-founder of Macquarie Private Equity and founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia
  • Jack Manning Bancroft – Founder and CEO of AIME Mentoring

We would love you to be a guest on our podcast because we know you would have invaluable advice and wisdom to share with the younger generation. In particular, some of the topics we would love to talk about with you include the recent News Media Bargaining Code, Climate Change and the future of Clean Tech.


Thank you,

Adam and Sachin 

Successful Email to Peter thiel

We found this email shared by Kareem Abukahdra on LinkedIn. He often shares interesting emails and resources.

Hey Peter,

My name is Kareem and I’m a Columbia grad, with a McKinsey offer. I want to drop that offer to come work for you.

What do I need to do to make that happen?

Why this worked:

  1. Kareem used labels like McKinsey and Columbia to signal that he was competent.
  2. He kept the message short.
  3. He ended with a unique, confident, and clear call to action: “What do I need to do to make that happen?”
Successful Email to Tim Ferriss

Hi Tim,

I hope all is well (and I gather from your celebrity that it is – I can’t seem to go a week without seeing your book or name somewhere).

I know you place tremendous value on your time so I’ll be brief. The website I launched last fall has evolved into a much more far-reaching venture: a software company that provides fundraising optimization and online advocacy solutions for nonprofits. I’m raising $500-750k for the business, called Donor Loyalty Corp, and have a meaningful percentage of that already committed from various Angel investors.

Naturally, I’m courting a number of prospective Angels from my personal network to hopefully fill out the rest of the round. However, I was curious if your experience has taught you any lessons about identifying seed-stage investors and, more specifically, if you’ve come to know any Princeton Alums or other individuals who have an appetite for deals like these. I’ve attached my fundraising deck for some context.

I understand if you’re too busy to answer in depth or would prefer not to discuss the topic given our limited interactions in the past. However, if the professor in you has any pearls of wisdom or specific thoughts, they would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance and I hope we can connect.


Robert J. Moore ’06

Hannah's successful template

Check out this awesome article by our co-founder Hannah for a bunch more cold email templates!

A template Tim Ferriss recommends

Subject Line: Quick Question

Hi \[Lead Name]

My name is \[Your Name].

  1. I came across your name as I was doing research on \[Industry you are Interested In], I hope you don’t mind me reaching out. I saw that you are interested in \[golden nugget], \[interesting fact you learned about your golden nugget.]\
  2. [Validate yourself] After spending 18 months in finance, I left my job three months ago to pursue journalism, specifically magazine writing, full-time. Since my journey started, I have been able to write for CNBC, NY Observer, and Thought Catalog as well as growing my email list to thousands of readers.
  3. \[Explain Your Interest] Although I am very new to this world, the more I read and learn, the more fascinated I am. I believe there is a huge need for good, honest journalism in America. A couple of my friends who work in journalism in \[Your City] told me you would be a great person to reach out to and learn from.
  4. \[Call to Action] I would love to get your career advice for 15-20 minutes to find out more about your view of journalism and magazine feature writing, specifically \[Career Fact or golden nugget you found].
  5. \[Make Yourself Flexible] I can meet near your work/home or anywhere that is most convenient for you. Would it be possible if we meet?

With Gratitude,


20 Best Questions

  1. I would love to hear about the path you took, the key steps in your journey and the most important moments. At each stage, would you do things differently going back in time? I know that’s a loaded question.
  2. Do you see consulting as a stepping stone into strategic business roles; why not go straight into business roles?
  3. What has changed in the world of work today than in the past?
  4. What are your thoughts on consulting versus IB versus VC versus startups?
  5. How did you land your current job? How did you land your previous job? What did you wish you knew about this job or the interview process before applying?
  6. What advice do you have for cold-calling or cold-messaging? Do you remember a time when you received a cold message that stood out?
  7. What can I do now to prepare myself for XYZ?
  8. What are some of the more unique things you did in an interview to stand out? How much emphasis did you place on stories?
  9. Do you know anyone hiring that I should take a look at? Or do you have any recommendations for people I should talk to or resources I should explore?
  10. What types of people do you think really succeed in this field? What types have more trouble?
  11. What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
  12. What’s something that would only happen here but wouldn’t at other organisations?
  13. How have you changed during your time here?
  14. What common attributes have you found among people who join and are successful, versus those who aren’t?
  15. What do you think makes your firm unique? Why did you choose to work at this firm? [You can let this response guide your response to ‘why this firm’ in an interview]
  16. What are the key skills you have thought deliberately about developing? How did you go about developing them?
  17. ‘I was fascinated by all the things you have achieved, I would love to hear a quick summary of the most important events in your life/career’. 
  18. If you look around at your friends who have been really successful, what do you think were their common traits?
  19. ‘If you were a young person today, what problems would you be working on?’
  20. What should I ask you that I haven’t already?

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