Internetworking Shows A New Year, A New Ranking – Financial Times Global #18

25 01 2010

Now that we are out of the Stone Age, information reaches us in lightning speed. I analogize this speedy transfer of cyber data to the process of Apparating. For those of you who don’t know what that is, well you need to go to your nearest Harry Potter book. (It’s like teleporting.)

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, I saw and felt the rise of Apple, Intel, and Google, among a few. I also witnessed the demise of Lycos, Excite, and other internet startups that clearly didn’t make an impression on me. Then along came LinkedIn. And Facebook. These two little startups in Mountain View and Palo Alto, respectively, have turned “networking” into real bonds. Covalent ones. A simple compilation of professionals and their past and present colleagues, LinkedIn fares well because it has only one aim: to connect working people. All the other benefits that come from making that connection (like a new job) are added bonuses. Facebook is slightly different. Its mission is global domination (cue eerie music.) No really, Facebook’s purpose is identical, except in fewer words: to connect people. Both are currently fulfilling their end-goals as effective, user-friendly, social-networking platforms. If I may coin a new term, they are great for “internetworking”.

So this morning I went through my perfunctory routine of checking all my emails, my LinkedIn account, and my Facebook. We Silicon Valley-ites are addicted to the internet. Anyway, while scrolling through the discussion of my September intake, I noticed that one of my future classmates had posted a link to the new Global MBA rankings of 2010 according to the Financial Times. This new year, my new school has a new ranking of #18 in the world. Not bad. I think that’s rather exciting news. Then, minutes after reading the rankings list, I went on to Facebook to see if the discussion continued in our forum there. The first thing I noticed in my News Feed was a post by a long-lost friend in Hong Kong. “Currently #9 in Global FT. Guess I’m making a good investment” it said. Incredible. In this Technology Age, the internet is truly fast-tracking our receipt of all information.

It’s my firm belief that technology is here to help us. Yes, this was my stance in my response to a previous GMAT essay prompt. If we don’t abuse its boundaries and use it with cautioned respect, technology will make us a more efficient and pleasant people. Cavemen were always grunting and unhappy because they didn’t have computers and internet. It wasn’t about the food. Although HEC has moved up from its ranking in 2009, I think it can keep moving. In recent years, the MBA program launched an innovative initiative with Apple to provide iPods to students so that lecture podcasts could be saved and listened to at a later time. This is an example of harnessing the power of technology to do good. With the school positioned as a leading business teaching institution in Europe, cultivating and maintaining a strong alliance with the technology sector may be just the thing to propel it even higher.

As students, we should contribute to the improvement of our program with our minds, our words, and our ability to grasp new technology concepts faster. You know you can use that iPhone better than your dad. I sure can :). This collaborative blog is one step forward in the right direction. Now let’s use it to move mountains.

Looking forward to checking my Facebook tomorrow.

For internetworking.


*A secret tidbit about me: I am one of Facebook’s original members (when invitation emails were first sent to a handful of colleges.)