David Hochman is a consultant in technology-based economic development, serving clients in the government and nonprofit sectors.
He is a long-time affiliate of TEConomy Partners LLC (formerly Battelle’s Technology Partnership Practice), where he co-authored several landmark studies, and has consulted to many state governments and nonprofit intermediaries that are supporting regional strategies for innovation-based economic development. He also maintains an independent consulting practice in the New York area and recently completed 10+ years of service as founding executive director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State. During that time, he was a board member of the New York State Economic Development Council, co-heading an innovation section.
Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Director of the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, where he guided a $125 million program of capital investment and annual operating grants for a network of academic/industrial research centers and associated commercialization programs. In the early 1980s, he co-founded and served as COO of a software venture. This angel-backed company was an early entrant in the personal-computer software industry, and one of the first to position itself as a content provider based in the New York City publishing community. He exited that venture by sale for stock to a venture capitalist rolling up similar companies.
He holds an A.B. in History and Philosophy of Science from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has also taught Strategic Management to MPA students as an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
David serves as an angel investor/advisor to Calcbench, a startup in the fintech/open data sector and to DirectDep, in the legaltech sector. He is the author of opinion columns on City economic-development issues that appeared as part of the “NYCInc.” and “Off the CUF” series that the Center for an Urban Future has sponsored. He has been honored by the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia for contributions to community development while a resident of that city in the early 1990s, and by the New York State Senate for his work with the state incubator association 2005-2016.