On November 3rd, YouTuber vlogolution uploaded a parody video titled "Impossible is Nothing Spoof" shown below, left , which received over 45, views within the next six years. Within six years, the video received over 2. Vayner began sending cease-and-desist letters to websites hosting his video resume, including YouTube, IvyGate and several other blogs as well as UBS for their involvement with disseminating the video. Public Feud The cease-and-desist request also led to a public feud between Vayner and IvyGate, the latter of which responded by publishing his legal threat and several irregularities in his track record, including an allegation that two organizations operated by Vayner, Youth Empowerment Strategies and Vayner Capital Management LLC, were fraudulent. It also revealed that Vayner had legally changed his name to "Alex Stone" in April , some time after relocating to New York. Based on an e-mail circulating among his friends and Yale alumni circles, a memorial service is scheduled be held on Saturday, January 26th in New York.
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New York Daily News also confirmed the story. Apparently, Stone was Vayner. The resume, which Vayner had sent to several investment banks in hopes of landing a position, was certainly impressive—if it could be believed. The resume also listed his experience in ballroom dancing, powerlifting specifically noting he could bench press pounds , and martial arts Tai Chi Chuan master; Shaolin Kung Fu 8th Dan.
Most importantly, he included a link to a video entitled "Impossible Is Nothing. Vayner performing various feats of physical strength and skill, interspersed with inspirational maxims. Viewers are presented with images of Mr. Vayner bench-pressing weights a caption suggests it is pounds , playing tennis firing off what is said to be a mile-per-hour serve and performing martial arts he breaks seven bricks with his palm. The tone of the video seems too serious to be parody, yet too over-the-top to be credible.
After sharing the clip, fellow students at Yale began to share their favorite Aleksey-style tall tales, notably involving reminiscences of bare-handed killings and nuclear waste. The cover letter for his resume stated: I strive in intense, competitive environments. As a world-level athlete in several sports, I have developed an insatiable appetite for peak performance and continuous learning.
My unique mix of previous work experience and my record as a professional athlete demonstrate a level of focus, a pattern of setting and achieving objectives, as well as adaptation to change. I live everyday with passion because I embrace change as a daily challenge. Nothing will prevail over genuine human relations because we succeed as a team, or we fail as individuals.
It was all so over-the-top that I doubted its veracity. It seemed like a prank. A hoax. Even his name seemed to be too much. Vayner: Vainer: More Vain. In the end, we decided it was authentic. It became the biggest story we had ever run. YouTube was less than a year old. The ability to include a link to a video on your resume was brand new.
Someone was bound to make an epic error in judgment. Vayner got to be that someone. But perhaps his error was just choosing the wrong field. Donny Deutsch, for example, said that he would have given Vayner a job. But show business, especially reality television, would have suited him nicely. Vayner was actually already famous at Yale. Even before his freshman year began, the campus tabloid Rumpus published a story about him, entitled "Craaazy prefrosh lies, is just weird.
No one believed him but he certainly became something of a campus celebrity. We traded an email or two back in , when he sent DealBreaker a cease and desist letter asking that we take down the video. But he stopped responding to me. I did track down his YouTube account. As recently as 8 months ago, he was still posting videos of himself.
In one of the videos, he claims that the "Impossible Is Nothing" was a tribute to his martial arts teacher and was taken out of context when it received public attention. Gawker reports that he was using the name Alex Stone, most likely in an attempt to avoid the notoriety attached to the name Aleksey Vayner. Rest in peace Aleksey.
Confirmed: Aleksey Vayner, the Yale Grad With the Infamous Video Resume, Is Dead (Updated)
Karate chop : seven bricks broken Dispute with IvyGate[ edit ] Legal threats by Vayner against UBS, YouTube, and various blogs did not slow its progress, only providing further fodder, subject to the Internet Streisand effect. One blog, IvyGate , became famous due to its disputes with Vayner. When Vayner emailed a cease-and-desist letter demanding that IvyGate remove "Impossible is Nothing" links from its website, the blog instead published the threat and taunted Vayner to sue them. In further investigating the incident, IvyGate learned and published  that: Youth Empowerment Strategies, a charity Vayner said he started, claimed a "four star" rating by Charity Navigator on its website, when in fact the charity did not exist other than an organization by the same name unrelated to Vayner and did not receive the rating. Vayner told a reporter that he had the banner taken down immediately when he learned that the group had disclaimed the banner, some time around 15 September.
Aleksey Vayner: 'Impossible is Nothing' résumé star 'dead from an overdose'
New York Daily News also confirmed the story. Apparently, Stone was Vayner. The resume, which Vayner had sent to several investment banks in hopes of landing a position, was certainly impressive—if it could be believed. The resume also listed his experience in ballroom dancing, powerlifting specifically noting he could bench press pounds , and martial arts Tai Chi Chuan master; Shaolin Kung Fu 8th Dan. Most importantly, he included a link to a video entitled "Impossible Is Nothing. Vayner performing various feats of physical strength and skill, interspersed with inspirational maxims.