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Jack Hidary
Jack D. Hidary built his career as an entrepreneur in the finance and
technology sectors and is currently focused on clean energy technology
and policy.

Hidary co-founded Vista Research in 2001 as an independent financial
research company serving institutional investors. Hidary sold Vista to
the Standard & Poor's division of McGraw-Hill in April of 2005

In 1995, Hidary co-founded and served as President and CEO of
EarthWeb/Dice. He raised three private rounds of equity and completed a
record breaking IPO. Under Hidary's leadership, EarthWeb/Dice earned the
prestigious Business Week Info Tech 100 award as the third fastest
growing IT Company. is currently traded on the NYSE under
ticker DHX.

Committed to community and philanthropic causes, Hidary has received
several industry and community awards as well as being recognized as a
Global Leader of Tomorrow at the WEF, Davos. Hidary is also a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hidary has been particularly involved in issues of energy and
transportation. He is chairman and co-founder of the Freedom Prize
Foundation (, which provides monetary prizes to
cities, schools and other entities that can most reduce their petroleum
use. The Freedom Prizes were mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy
Act of 2005 (Title X: 1008).

In New York City, Hidary was a leading proponent of switching over the
taxi fleet to high mileage hybrids. Hidary serves as Chairman of (, a non-profit
dedicated to promoting clean energy and transportation policy in the US.

Hidary studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and
was then awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the fellowship, Hidary
conducted research in functional neuroimaging using techniques such as
positron emission tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (fMRI) to study brain and disease states.

Hidary serves on several boards including the X Prize Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Lab A
frequent keynote speaker, Hidary has presented at venues including the
business schools of Yale and Columbia.

Entries by Jack Hidary

The Bacteria In Your Gut And Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 4:12 PM

Your microbiome can mean the difference between life and death in cancer.

Developments in microbiome sequencing techniques are leading to personalized therapies for a number of diseases.

The trillions of bacteria in our gut are critical for a wide range of key functions. While many are aware that our microbiota...

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Only a Bold Move Will Save VW

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 10:31 AM

The VW scandal points not only to issues at the company, but a deeper problem with all combustion cars.

The real fix is not to monkey around with software, but to take a bold new path for the company.

The VW scandal has already resulted in the firing...

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NYC Times Square Action for #CeciltheLion

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Come to Times Square to take a photo with the #CecilNYC hashtag and the growing number of donated toy animals to raise awareness for #CecilTheLion.


All toys will be donated to - a 501c3 non-profit based in NYC which gives...

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The Final 5 Years

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 5:06 AM

-- Humans are in the last 5 years before everyone is connected via the Net

-- We cannot predict all the new services and consequences of the planet all being connected

There are currently three billion people connected to the net. We...

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Don't Become an Apple #WatchHole

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:09 PM

The Watch is upon us. The drumbeat for Apple Watch is getting so loud the very buildings around us will soon crumble away to reveal towers of gleaming gold and silver Apple Watches.


Connected watches are the future and this is a...

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Top 6 TED 2015 Talks You Don't Want to Miss

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:38 AM

This was a great year at TED for all kinds of mind-bending talks -- here are six that raised the roof -- will update when more TED talks become available. Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

1. Breakthrough in 3D...

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Moonshots - A Call to Action to Meet the World's Greatest Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 7:29 AM

-- All moonshots funded today are not enough to meet the Grand Challenges facing humanity
-- There is a growing moonshot ecosystem that can rise up if we join in this effort and unleash the talent of our people

As a species, we face a range of...

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Startup Fever Goes Global

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 7:19 AM

-- From Mumbai to London to NYC, Startups are creating Jobs and Changing the World
-- Boris Johnson and Arianna Huffington talk startups and cities today in NYC

The startup game has fundamentally changed. Silicon Valley's success has catalyzed a massive effort globally to support entrepreneurs. The new...

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Blackberry Now Officially Delusional

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:12 AM

Head-in-the-Sand CEO John Chen demands that ALL app makers be LEGALLY OBLIGATED to create a Blackberry version whenever they create an iOS or Android app

CEO John Chen at his "Sand Desk"

Back in 2012, we laid out a clear...

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Chobani Launches Food Incubator to Disrupt Industry

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Will Catalyze Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs

The food industry is in desperate need of disruption. Americans spend more than $1.6 trillion every year on food. Much of the packaged food that Americans buy lacks sufficient nutrients and often contains harmful chemicals and sugar. We have the knowhow...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Viral video with 100 million views fired up the Internet in 2012 - Where is the renegade leader now?

It is now more than two years since the famous/infamous video went viral highlighting the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)...

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New York Tech Surging -- But Challenges Remain Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The tech sector in New York City is on the rise. A new study pegs the number of tech workers in the Big Apple at more than 290,000 representing 7% of the workforce. About half of those - 150,000 - work in big companies in tech roles. The...

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If You Buy One Health Book for Your New Year's Resolutions Choose This One

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Dr. Jordan Metzl's new book, The Exercise Cure is hitting Amazon and bookstores this week. At a moment when the healthcare debate is raging across the US, this is a needed dose of reality -- the best way for us to bring down the cost of healthcare is...

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The Future of Cancer Research -- Whole Genome Sequencing

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:50 PM

While death rates have come down substantially in heart disease, morbidity rates in cancer have not changed significantly in 30 years. This despite billions of dollars of cancer research.

One of the new promising tools in the fight against cancer is whole genome sequencing (WGS). Only a few years...

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Keeping New York Moving Forward

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:54 PM

To remain the economic and creative powerhouse of the world, New York City needs world-class transportation. There are many common sense improvements we can implement in this area, that will ensure our city remains the global leader in the 21st century. Some of these include:

  • Expand Bus Rapid Transit with...
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What Was Not Debated Last Night

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:55 PM


The final mayoral debate was last night and The New York Times summed it up this headline: "Lhota and de Blasio Mock Each Other's Résumés."

With a headline like that, you have to wonder how the city will be better off...

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Unleashing Our Economic Potential to Create New Jobs in NYC (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:04 PM

At around $583 billion, New York's is the largest city economy in the world. Our city is home to many of the world's largest corporations, but the engine of New York's economic growth--today and always--are small businesses like the garment company started by my grandparents, immigrants to Ellis Island.


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Teaching to the Real World, Not to the Test (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 6:21 PM

As Thomas Friedman notes in his May column "How to Get a Job," "there's been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America." He quotes education expert Tony Wagner in pinpointing this shift: "the world doesn't care anymore what you know; all it cares "is what you...

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The Revolution: Top Ten Disruptors of Education

(24) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 6:40 PM

New online learning models are bursting from startups and top universities, bridging the educational divide.

We are in the midst of a revolution that will bring high-quality education to hundreds of millions of people who have never had access to this level of learning before.

These tools will reach...

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Breakthrough Innovation -- Solve For X -- Bring On The Moonshots

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Astro Teller and Megan Smith of Google, with the support of Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin, gathered 50 innovators this past week to brainstorm breakthroughs that could impact the world. The gathering is called Solve for X and now has a new website.

The focus is on science...

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