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), the nation’s premiere consultancy in innovation based economic development. His work for TEConomy supports the development of regional strategies on behalf of multiple clients in the university, government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities. He also maintains an independent consulting practice in the New York area and served for 10+ years 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 cofounded 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.
David’s skill set includes:
- Strategic planning, benchmarking, troubleshooting, targeted services
- Proven ability to manage complex projects involving degreed professionals
- Entrepreneurial drive combined with analytical business training
- Success at dealing with leaders in science, business, and government
- Wide-ranging economic and technical literacy
- Superior writing skills and ease at public speaking
- Experience as a public-sector grantmaker
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. 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.