Jack Hidary

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Jack Hidary
Born1967 or 1968 (age 55–56)
Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
EducationColumbia University

Jack Hidary (born 1967/1968)[1] is the CEO of AI and quantum technology company SandboxAQ.[2]

Hidary has collaborated with MIT on a series of papers focused on AI and deep learning.[3][4] In particular, the papers address the ability of deep learning networks to generalize to cases beyond the training data.[5] Hidary is also the author of Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach, in its second edition and published by Springer.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Hidary was born to a Syrian-Jewish family at the Brookdale Hospital in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and raised near Coney Island.[7][8][9] He is the oldest of four brothers and a sister.[7] He attended school at Yeshivah of Flatbush.[10]

Hidary studied philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia University and was awarded a Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health.[11][12] At NIH, Hidary focused on functional MRI studies of brain function and the application of neural network technologies to the analysis and modelling of fMRI imaging data and brain function.[3]

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

In 1995, Jack Hidary co-founded the IT information portal EarthWeb with his brother Murray Hidary and entrepreneur Nova Spivack.[13] In 1998, they took the company public, garnering one of one of the largest first-day returns in NASDAQ history.[14] In 1999, under Hidary's leadership, EarthWeb acquired the tech career website Dice.com.[15] In 2000, the team renamed the company Dice Inc and then later as DHI Holdings, Inc.[16]

Hidary co-founded Vista Research in 2001 as an independent financial research company serving institutional investors, drawing on experts in the fields of technology, media, telecommunications, energy, aerospace and healthcare.[17] Vista Research was acquired in 2005 by the Standard & Poor’s division of McGraw-Hill.[18]

In 2016, Hidary founded a quantum technology group at Alphabet Inc. In March 2022, it was spun out into a standalone company, SandboxAQ, with Hidary as CEO and Eric Schmidt as Chairman.[19] At launch, Reuters reported the company had raised a ‘nine-figure’ initial funding round from investors including Schmidt, Breyer Capital, T. Rowe Price funds, TIME Ventures and others.[20] The company used some of the funds to invest in other quantum technology startups such as evolutionQ and Qunnect, fund quantum research and education programs, and to acquire Paris-based Cryptosense.[citation needed] In February 2023, Reuters confirmed that the amount raised was $500 million.[20] Under Hidary’s leadership, the company has secured several government contracts for its quantum-resistant cybersecurity solutions, launched a quantum navigation pilot program with the U.S. Air Force, and launched a molecular simulation division to accelerate drug discovery.[20][21]

Social and policy initiatives[edit]

In 2008, Hidary helped draft the Cash for Clunkers program.[22] He has been a vocal proponent of renewable energy.[23] He is a trustee of the X Prize Foundation and the co-founder of the Auto X Prize, which inspired the development of highly fuel-efficient vehicles.[24]

Hidary has served as a partner or trustee for numerous New York City groups, including the Partnership for New York City and the Citizens Budget Commission.[10]

He has served on several boards including the advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). He is on the board of the X Prize Foundation.[2][25]


On July 17, 2013, Hidary announced his intent to run for New York City Mayor as an independent on a new party line called the Jobs and Education Party and succeed Michael Bloomberg.[26][27] The New York Times described his political leanings as "socially progressive, fiscally reserved, and digitally savvy," and his primary goals are to better education, foster small business growth and spur employment across all boroughs, and attract companies and investment to New York.[25] One of his primary initiatives was to increase productivity by wiring all of the city’s schools, businesses and neighborhoods for broadband Internet service.[25] Another focus was to increase the number of tech incubators and shared workspaces across the city.[28][29] On November 5, 2013, Hidary lost to Bill de Blasio in the mayoral election.[30]


  1. ^ (July 17, 2013) "Jack Hidary To Run For Mayor Of New York", PR Newswire. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  2. ^ a b "SandboxAQ CEO Jack Hidary is combining AI with quantum computing to solve the world's problems". The CEO magazine. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b Poggio, Tomaso; Liao, Qianli; Miranda, Brando; Banburski, Andrzej; Boix, Xavier; Hidary, Jack (2018). "Theory IIIb: Generalization in Deep Networks". arXiv:1806.11379 [cs.LG].
  4. ^ Poggio, Tomaso; Liao, Qianli; Miranda, Brando; Banburski, Andrzej; Boix, Xavier; Hidary, Jack (2017). "Theory of Deep Learning III: Explaining the non-overfitting puzzle". arXiv:1801.00173 [cs.LG].
  5. ^ Poggio, Tomaso; Liao, Qianli; Miranda, Brando; Banburski, Andrzej; Boix, Xavier; Hidary, Jack (2018). "A Surprising Linear Relationship Predicts Test Performance in Deep Networks". arXiv:1807.09659 [cs.LG].
  6. ^ Hidary, Jack D. (2021). Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-83274-2. ISBN 978-3-030-83273-5. S2CID 238223274.
  7. ^ a b "About". Hidary Foundation. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  8. ^ Rosman, Katherine (2013-10-22). "A Techie Bid for Mayor". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  9. ^ Dube, Rob. "Why This Tech Pioneer Says Real Success Has Nothing To Do With Money". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-12-11.
  10. ^ a b "Jack Hidary, Yeshiva Educated Sephardic Jew, IPO Millionaire, Spanish Speaker, to Run for NYC Mayor; Could Make for Three Way Jewish Race (INTERVIEW)". The Algemeiner. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  11. ^ "Jack Hidary". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  12. ^ "EarthWeb Head to Address CTA. Columbia University Record, November 14, 1997". www.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  13. ^ Michael Intergaard (2004-02-27). Silicon Alley: the Rise and Fall of a New Media District. Psychology Press. p. 63. ISBN 9780203496596.
  14. ^ David Lazarus (1998-11-11), “Net Stock Frenzy Goes Flat,” Wired. Retrieved 2010-10-05. [1]
  15. ^ "NYC Start-ups: This Man Wants to Be Your Mayor". Inc. magazine. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  16. ^ (2001-04-17). “EarthWeb Inc. to Become Dice Inc. – Nasdaq Ticker Symbol to Become ‘DICE’,” PRNewsire. Retrieved 2010-10-05 [2]
  17. ^ (2001-09-10). “Vista Research: Security Spending Continues to Increase but Companies Cannibalize IT Budgets to Pay the Bill,” PRNewswire. Retrieved: 2010-10-05 [3]
  18. ^ (2005-03-14). “S&P gets on independent research bandwagon with Vista acquisition,” Electronic Information Report.
  19. ^ Vigliarolo, Brandon (2022-03-22). "Alphabet's quantum AI firm SandboxAQ spins off". www.theregister.com. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  20. ^ a b c "Exclusive: Alphabet spinoff SandboxAQ raises $500 mln for cyber security, other quantum work". Reuters. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  21. ^ "SandboxAQ to launch 'AQBioSim' division to focus on A.I.-assisted drug development". CNBC. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  22. ^ Lenzner, Robert (3 August 2009). "Transcript: Cash For Clunkers 2.0". Forbes. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013.
  23. ^ "CEO Jack Hidary on SandboxAQ's Ambitions and Near-term Milestones". HPC Wire. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  24. ^ "Alphabet just spun out out its quantum tech group, launching it as an independent company". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  25. ^ a b c "Getting To Know Jack". jackfornyc.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  26. ^ Barbaro, Michael (2013-06-19). "Executive With Eye on Bloomberg's Mantle". The New York Times.
  27. ^ "A la Bloomberg, entrepreneur Jack Hidary exploring mayoral bid". Gotham Schools. 2013-06-12.
  28. ^ "Dot-Com Entrepreneur Jack Hidary to Run for New York Mayor". The Wall Street Journal. 2013-07-19.
  29. ^ "The New York Mayoral Candidate You Probably Haven't Heard Of". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  30. ^ "New York Election Results: Bill De Blasio Defeats Joe Lhota In Mayoral Race". Huffington Post. 2013-11-06.

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