When Stanford professor Chuck Eesley headed down south to speak at the accelerator Start-Up Chile, he received an unexpected email from an old student named Ivo Georgiev, Pando Daily reports. Georgiev’s company was in the Chilean accelerator, and he was excited that Eesley was coming to visit. Georgiev  had met his co-founders and formed his business in Eesley’s class months prior.

But there’s a twist — Professor Eesley had no idea who Georgiev was. They had never met, Georgiev wasn’t a Stanford student, and prior to getting the email, Eesley never knew he helped Georgiev launch a VC-backed startup.

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