Jack D. Hidary is a successful serial tech entrepreneur and author.
Jack first established EarthWeb, a company dedicated to the needs of tech professionals. Jack co-founded the company with Murray Hidary and Nova Spivack. Jack led the company from its inception through three rounds of investment and then its IPO. 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. (NYSE: DHX) www.dice.com
Jack is now Director of Quantum and AI at Alphabet. In his current role, Jack leads a team at the nexus of quantum technologies, AI and large challenges that have global impact. Jack is the author of Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach, published by Springer, which has been adopted as a textbook in many university quantum information science programs.
Committed to community and philanthropic causes, he has received several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, Davos. Jack spent ten years on the board of and dedicated to microfinance organizations which give grants and loans to low-income individuals to start their own businesses. Jack also serves on the board of the X Prize Foundation www.xprize.org.
Jack established the Hidary Foundation which has been focused on supporting breakthroughs in oncology. Jack has been focused on advancing the use of immunotherapies as well as genomics in oncology. Jack has also been supportive of a number of programs at medical centers to support their essential work both onsite and via telemedicine.
Jack studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and was awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, he conducted research on the use of neural networks to model and analyze the data in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study brain states.
Jack was born in Brooklyn at the Brookdale Hospital in Brownsville. Jack’s great-grandparents came to Ellis Island as immigrants, living in the Lower East Side tenements. Jack’s paternal great-grandfather worked as an itinerant barber and teacher.
In the 1920’s and 30’s Jack’s grandfather Jack Hidary was selling tablecloths and together with his son Moe founded a family business that is seventy years old which continues to operate led by Jack’s cousins. Jack’s grandfather moved the family to Brooklyn and co-founded the community that continues to thrive there today. Jack and his parents spent his first year living in his grandmother’s house. The family then shared a two-family home with their uncle and aunt before moving to their own house. Jack grew up with strong role models and small business owners in a community where everyone had an open door.
Jack’s father is a very active community member dedicated to education and social services and was president of the local school for 20 years. Jack’s mother is head of the Orange Dance Program, a non-profit program for girls in memory of Mariel Hidary.
Jack is the oldest of four brothers and a sister, Mariel Hidary, who was tragically killed at the age of 23 in a traffic accident in 2006. In Jack’s community, it’s family first. Surrounded by role models dedicated to helping others, Jack learned the importance of public service and is active in a number of charities.