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Jack Hidary (Independent, NY Mayoral Candidate)

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Jack Hidary for NYC Mayor

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.

 
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