BY STEPHANIE MEHTA / FOR FASTCOMPANY
It may have started with a dress code.
When tech entrepreneur and investor Tom Chavez was a senior at Albuquerque Academy in the 1980s, he bristled at the private school’s clothing rules—no jeans, collared shirts—a holdover from the school’s roots as an elite boys’ prep school. “I thought it created an income-sorting, elitist atmosphere,” he recalls. So Chavez, a straight-A student who attended the school on a partial scholarship, successfully lobbied to get administrators to allow jeans and tamp down on flashy designer logos. “I remember being in college, thinking, ‘Way to go, Tom. I wish I could do that,’” says Chavez’s older brother, Marty, former CFO of Goldman Sachs and vice chairman at money management firm Sixth Street Partners. “I don’t have that direct rebellion in me.”