The Alumni Club

It’s the epitome of scarcity mindset.

If there are only so many jobs at the State Department or Goldman or GE or wherever, then of course it’s worth having a back room somewhere to introduce enterprising young ring-knockers to the hale fellows of yesteryear.

But, in a long-tail world, where you can make a difference without going to Foggy Bottom and make a fortune without going to Goldman, do we still need the clubroom?

If the goal is to get more of “our” people into a limited number of positions, sure.

But if instead the goal is to build the best possible teams to do work that matters, limiting your search to one network is clearly a self-limiting strategy.