Web Entrepreneur Jack Hidary Makes NYC Mayoral Run
Jack Hidary, an Internet entrepreneur who helped build the dice.com job-search website, says he intends to enter the race for New York mayor as an independent.
Hidary, 45, joins seven Democrats, three Republicans and an independent campaigning to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a Nov. 5 election.
Hidary has created a website seeking donations for a campaign that he said would be modeled after Bloomberg’s nonpartisan style of leadership, with the goal of bringing technology companies to the city and helping New Yorkers start small businesses.
“I’d like to build on the mayor’s success and bring more economic development to New York City’s five boroughs,” he said in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “Part of the job of mayor is to run the city officially, but part of the job is also to be the chief attracter of capital, and I alone among the current candidates can do that.”
A major initiative would be spending money to wire all of the city’s schools, businesses and neighborhoods for broadband Internet service, on the theory that it would increase productivity and aid commerce, he said.
“Who is better among the candidates than myself to go to Silicon Valley and attract the kind of companies that would create jobs here?” he said. Hidary serves on the advisory council of Google X Labs, a research-and-development arm of the Mountain View, California-based technology company.
Dice.com was founded in 1990 by Lloyd Linn and Diane Rickert, two Silicon Valley computer programmers, said Jennifer Bewley, a spokeswoman for Dice Holdings Inc., its parent company. Hidary’s company, Earthweb, acquired Dice.com in 1999. He resigned as chief executive officer in 2001, according to Dice Holdings.
“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,” he said.
Bloomberg, 71, who leaves office Dec. 31, is barred from seeking re-election after three four-year terms. He’s founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.
In his effort to succeed him, Hidary, a Brooklyn native, has hired Joe Trippi, 57, a veteran of the Democratic presidential campaigns of former Vermont governor Howard Dean and John Edwards, and Jerry Brown’s successful 2010 campaign for California governor, as his top campaign adviser.
Other advisers include Richard Strauss, a media consultant in the Clinton White House, and Campaign Grid, a firm that advised Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said Linda Chung, a spokeswoman.
“The significance of his candidacy is that if he wins, we would have a true 21st-century mayor who thinks in terms of the city’s place in the world economy and enlists voter support through social media, not political parties, unions and other traditional interest groups,” said Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media, which holds conferences on the intersection of technology and politics. The group hasn’t endorsed a mayoral candidate.
Hidary said he sold his interest in dice.com to become more involved as a corporate investor and supporter of nonprofits. He’s been a member of the Partnership for NYC, a civic organization composed of corporate executives; a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a business-funded fiscal monitoring group; and has served on the steering committee of Association for a Better New York, a booster of city commerce, his website says.
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