Relationship Science: A New Networking Tool For The Business Elite

Relationship Science social networkThere are plenty of myths about the secret networks of the power elite. They're all members of the Illuminati, for example, carefully sculpting the New World Order. Or every summer, they decamp to the California forests to burn effigies and put on high-budget musical theater. (OK, that's actually a thing). But now, the 1 percent is taking its shadowy shenanigans digital. Introducing: Relationship Science, a networking tool for the 2 million most powerful people in the world.

For the past two years, a staff of 800 people has been compiling the names and connections of the business executives who run the universe, reports The New York Times. The result is similar to LinkedIn in that you can search for a person, and see your mutual connections. (Perhaps your best friend, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, serves on the board of the Museum of Modern Art with his nephew, a billionaire hedge fund manager.) Now you know exactly how to go about getting in touch!

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But there are a couple major differences. For pretty much any network, you have to enter your information, plugging in your birthday and work experience, and manually adding your friends. What a bore! No need for that with RelSci. It already knows who you are. You are chosen. And you can have access to all the other chosen ones for just $3,000 a year.

In a column for Reuters, respected financial journalist Felix Salmon called it "the social network you can't opt out of."

But there's no way to contact individuals through the site, and so the company says it is not a social network. Rather, it says it offers, according to a press release, "Robust relationship mapping functionality that enables discovery of unique access points to these people and their organizations."

RelSci is the brainchild of Neal Goldman, co-founder of the financial database service CapitalIQ. And apparently a lot of people liked it. Goldman raised $60 million to fund the operation -- $6 million in just three days. The database is still in beta, the Times reports, but financial firms and investors are already clamoring to get a piece of the action.

So next time you're on LinkedIn, and thinking, "This is helpful and everything, except for all these not rich and powerful people clogging up my contacts," take off your sad hat, and take a puff your cigar. The solution is finally here.

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