Candidate Profile: Jack Hidary (Jobs and Education)
Jack Hidary (Jobs and Education)
Political Party: None
Office Seeking: Mayor
Currently: Founder and Chairman of Samba Energy
Previously: President and CEO of EarthWeb/Dice; Founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Education: Studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University
Jack Hidary is a Brooklyn-raised tech entrepreneur and philanthropist focused on small business incubation, job creation, education reform and environmental policy. He will be running for mayor as an independent on the “Jobs and Education” ballot line his campaign is creating.
On Business Development:
“Part of the job of mayor is to run the city officially, but part of the job is also to be the chief attractor of capital, and I alone among the current candidates can do that.” (Bloomberg.com)
“We need more shared workspaces and incubators in all parts of the city. I grew up near Coney Island, where there are very few services for small businesses. We need to foster more small business growth across all boroughs.” (WSJ)
On Mayor Bloomberg’s record:
He “deserves huge credit for leading us through…two very significant challenges: the post-911 financial crisis and the financial crisis of the last five, six years.” (Newsday)
On his qualifications:
“My background as a successful entrepreneur and my years in public service and economic development uniquely qualify me for the office of mayor of New York City.” (Bloomberg.com)
On the importance of electing a mayor with a background in technology:
“If the next mayor of New York City is not tech savvy we will not prepare our workers and students to compete and win in this fast-changing economy. We will behind other cities that are investing in their people. We can also save a lot of taxpayer money using technology to make all business with the city faster and cheaper.” (WSJ)
Policy Plans & Ideas
Expand economic development to all five boroughs through small business incubators and shared spaces, including public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.
Ameliorate street parking difficulties by using price differentiation. The meter would cost more in the middle of the day when it is hard to find spots, and cost little to zero in residential neighborhoods at night.
Develop public-private partnerships to save school costs and efficiently use school space. Allow private groups to use classroom space in local public schools in the hours after school has ended; have the city build computer labs that can be used, on a fee-for-service basis, by private institutions to reduce their technology costs.
Wire all of the city’s schools, businesses and neighborhoods for broadband Internet service to increase productivity and commerce.
Jack Hidary’s Biography, from his campaign website:
Jack was born in Brooklyn and raised on Ocean Parkway near Coney Island, where he lived with his parents and four siblings. His great-grandparents came to Ellis Island as immigrants and made a home in the tenements of the Lower East Side. His grandfather and uncle started a business in the garment district, which his family still runs sixty years later.
In 1995, Jack followed in his family’s entrepreneurial footsteps and established EarthWeb a company dedicated to the needs of tech professionals. Jack co-founded the company with his brother Murray Hidary and friend Nova Spivack. Jack led the company from its inception through three rounds of investment and then its IPO on NASDAQ. Under Jack’s leadership, EarthWeb acquired Dice.com, a website that connects users with jobs, and other sites dedicated to the needs of IT professionals. As Chairman and CEO of the public company, Jack continued to grow the company and engage with shareholders, customers and analysts. After running the public company for more than three years, Jack handed off management to a new CEO. The team later restructured the company, took it private and then took it public on the NYSE as Dice Holdings.
After handing off management of the company to a new team, Jack became active in public service. He got engaged in helping small businesses grow and championing new models of education. Jack has served as an associate partner at the Partnership for NYC, a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission and a member of the steering committee of ABNY. He has been a board member of Trickle Up which helps thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses each year.
In 2005, Jack recognized that most taxis were small businesses owned and operated by drivers. Jack fought for the use of high-mileage taxicabs with then-City Council member David Yassky to save drivers money and improve the city. Jack and David worked on the initiative with drivers, who each save thousands of dollars yearly using high-MPG cars while improving the quality of our air.
Jack has been recognized for his leadership by organizations such as the World Economic Forum and the National Committee on US-China Relations. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a group created by President Bill Clinton to bring together government, the private sector and non-profits together to solve the big problems of our day. Jack has also been a member of YPO.
Jack serves on several boards including the advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Google X Labs. He is also on the board of the X Prize Foundation. He studied at Columbia University and was awarded a fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study brain imaging. Jack remains active in supporting medical research. He and his family are currently partnered with the MRA in supporting scientific research to fight skin cancer.