Introduction to Tech Economics by Howard Rubin

Dr. Howard A. Rubin
President and CEO

Dr. Howard A. Rubin is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York, a MIT CISR Research Affiliate, a Gartner Senior Advisor, and a former Nolan Norton Research Fellow. He is the founder and CEO of Rubin Worldwide.

Dr. Rubin is a pioneer in the area of technology economics and has built the world's largest database in the field consisting of business, national, and technology data. He is personally retained by many of the world's largest enterprises as a strategic advisor to provide them with continuous competitive calibration via benchmarking and to advise them on business-technology strategy and trends. His current portfolio of client companies in total generate more than $1.5T in revenue to the global economy annually and account for almost $100B in yearly Information Technology (IT) spending.

Dr. Rubin has also worked directly with heads of state or their key ministers around the world in the development of national competitive technology strategies - Canada, India, the Philippines, South Africa, and in the United States with former President Clinton. He currently is an informal advisor assisting President Obama's Council on Job Creation and Competitiveness.

Dr. Rubin possesses a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in Computer Science and Oceanography.

Outside the world of technology Dr. Rubin is Chairman of the Board of Riverkeeper, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a Leadership Council member of the RFK Foundation, a major support of student development programs at the Tribeca Film Institute, and a supporter of the Rainforest Foundation.

Jed Rubin
Principal and Director of Operations for EMEA and Asia Pacific

Mr. Jed Rubin has worked in the field of technology economics for more than 10 years. In addition to providing support to hundreds of global 2000 clients, Mr. Rubin has also been involved in academic research, product development, publications, and speaking engagements in North America and across Europe.

Prior to forming Rubin Worldwide with Dr. Howard Rubin, Mr. Jed Rubin worked at Gartner, where he served as Director of the Worldwide IT Benchmark Service, a service he led since its inception at META Group in 2002. (META Group was acquired by Gartner in 2005.) During this time, Mr. Rubin was responsible for the annual publication of the Worldwide IT Benchmark Report and META Group's IT Measurement Desk Reference, as well as other product development initiatives.

In addition, Mr. Rubin worked for Rubin Systems where he assisted in developing the Worldwide IT Benchmark Report and an IT Benchmarking Website,, which was acquired by META Group in 2000. Mr. Rubin also assisted in the writing of the Global New-Economy Index and the States Technology Index, both of which analyzed the technological competitiveness of several geographies. Research collaboration includes activity with MIT Sloan, INSEAD, the State of Ohio, the University of Texas, and The Property & Casualty Association of America.

Mr. Rubin holds a double bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish from Oberlin College in Ohio. He earned an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain, where he is currently an associate professor. Mr. Rubin lives in Madrid and is fluent in Spanish.