Jim Manzi (software entrepreneur)

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James Manzi
Born 1963
Nationality American
Alma mater Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Chairman of
Applied Predictive Technologies
Political party Independent

James Manzi (/ˈmænzi/; born 1963) is an American political commentator. He is the founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies (a business analytics firm), a contributing editor at National Review, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributor to a variety of blogs.[1]

Education and Career[edit]


Manzi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 with a B.S. in mathematics. He was also awarded a Dean's Fellowship in statistics to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as one of the eight top matriculants to the business school's doctoral programs.[2]


After college, Manzi joined AT&T Laboratories and oversaw the development of PC-based pattern recognition software in their Data Networks division.[2] Manzi later worked as a corporate strategy consultant and Vice President at Strategic Planning Associates, which became Mercer Management Consulting and is now a part of Oliver Wyman. There, he spent "ten years directing corporate strategy and marketing optimization assignments across a wide array of industries on five continents".[2] In 1999, he left and joined Anthony Bruce and Scott Setrakian in founding Applied Predictive Technologies, a business analytics company, which "pioneered the development of experimental methods now used by dozens of the world's largest corporations to set prices, pick new products, and identify and market to customers".[3] Manzi served as CEO until 2008, at which point he was named Executive Chairman.[2] He is also a senior fellow at Manhattan Institute and editor of National Review, "where he writes frequently for both the print and online editions on topics related to science, technology, business, and economics".[4] Manzi also serves on a number of other corporate and non-profit boards.[citation needed]

Political views and commentary[edit]

James Manzi has written articles for a variety of political publications including the New York Post, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, and Slate. He has also contributed to the blogs of those publications and others, such as The American Scene, Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, and National Review's The Corner.[1] Manzi's writing focuses on science, technology, and economics, and he generally advocates a conservative point of view, though with libertarian leanings, and has criticized some conservative positions and the current direction of the Republican Party. David Brooks identified him as one of the "reformers" within the Republican Party,[5] and later noted Manzi's National Affairs article Keeping America's Edge as one of the best magazine essays of 2009.[6]

Specific positions[edit]

Manzi has written about climate change, prominently in a controversial National Review cover article in which he argued that conservatives should stop denying global warming is happening,[7] which Rush Limbaugh attacked.[8] He has said that while climate change may be a real phenomenon, the current evidence does not justify the economic costs required to reduce carbon emissions.[9] In writing about the future of the Republican Party, he has argued that the primary challenge for conservatives is to "continue to increase the market orientation of the American economy while helping more Americans to participate in it more equally".[10]


His book Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society was published in Spring 2012. The premise of Manzi's book is that experimental methods "can be highly effective in addressing our most important social issues, ranging from improving our schools to increasing economic growth to reducing crime".[11]

In a review of Uncontrolled for the New York Times, columnist David Brooks explains the randomized trial: "Try something out. Compare the results against a control group. Build up an information feedback loop. This is how businesses learn."[12] Brooks writes that "Manzi wants to infuse government with a culture of experimentation"[12] by setting up "an F.D.A.-like agency to institute thousands of randomized testing experiments throughout government".[12]

Columnist Trevor Butterworth argues that Uncontrolled is "a vigorous book, pulsing with ideas. Occasionally, its idea-richness leads the author to dawdle in abstraction or to speed through mathematical thickets. But these are minor flaws, and they are to be expected when your argument is that encountering failure is vital to finding success."[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Manhattan Institute Scholar James Manzi". Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "APT Management". Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Manzi, Jim. Uncontrolled. New York: 2012.
  4. ^ "National Review". Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Brooks, David (10 November 2008). "Darkness at Dusk". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Brooks, David (28 December 2009). "The Sidney Awards II". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Manzi, James (25 June 2007). "Game Plan". The National Review. 
  8. ^ "Follow the Global Warming Money". The Rush Limbaugh Show, Transcript. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Six questions for Jim Manzi". The Economist. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "What should the GOP do now?". 5 November 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Manzi, James. Uncontrolled. New York: Basic Books, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c Brooks, David. "Is Our Adults Learning?". New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Butterworth, Trevor. "Taking Ideas on a Test Drive". Wall Street Journal. 

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