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.

Josh Rubin
Senior Associate

Josh Rubin has spent over a decade working to harness the power of IT to unleash the potential of clinicians, researchers, public health professionals, patients, and all other health stakeholders to transform healthcare. An early proponent of person-centered Learning Health Systems (LHSs) that leverage analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to generate new knowledge to optimally inform decisions affecting health, Mr. Rubin has organized and catalyzed multi-stakeholder and transdisciplinary collaborative efforts to propel this movement forward. His work to advance an IT driven disruption of healthcare has seeded research to develop a transdisciplinary science of learning systems, galvanized technical and scientific communities of interest, coalesced a multi-stakeholder global movement, informed United States federal health IT strategy and policy, and supported public and private initiatives worldwide.

Since its inception, he has served as Program Officer for Learning Health System Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School’s first-of-its-kind Department of Learning Health Sciences; the vision for the department grew in part from National Science Foundation funded research in which Mr. Rubin played a leadership role. Mr. Rubin also serves as Executive Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation, the only philanthropic foundation founded by a patient advocating for patient empowering LHSs. Synergistically, he serves as founding President and CEO of the nonprofit Learning Health Community, a multi-stakeholder global movement to realize LHSs advancing individual, community, population, and public health.

Mr. Rubin served as a Senior Policy Fellow at eHealth Initiative (eHI) and as a Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, working at the intersection of the health IT, health economics, health policy, consumer engagement, and public health arenas in both roles. Mr. Rubin has been recognized as a Disruptive Women in Health Care “Man of the Month” and an inaugural National Association for Trusted Exchange “Champion of Consumer Access”.

As a health IT scholar, researcher, advocate, and evangelist, he has published and presented extensively. He has advised and consulted for public and private organizations nationally and internationally. Fused with his work to realize LHSs, Mr. Rubin champions IT as a tool to advance patient empowerment and health equity; he has been a founder of and advisor to organizations advancing these causes. He also works to advance policy, practice, and research related to Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of LHSs.

On a pro bono basis, Mr. Rubin serves as President of the Board of Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), a national nonprofit organization working to prevent sexual violence and empower survivors; he has volunteered for PAVE since 2005. He is a founding member of the Board of Singula Institute, a nonprofit organization working to realize a LHS for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Mr. Rubin also serves as moderator for the National Interoperability Collaborative’s opioid use disorder prevention group, engaging IT professionals as well as social services leaders nationwide. He has been appointed to committees and served in advisory roles for nonprofit industry associations (including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, HIMSS) and federal government agencies (including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ).

A valedictorian, a member of MENSA and Intertel, and a graduate of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Mr. Rubin holds a Juris Doctor (JD) law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Cum Laude) and is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University, as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, all with healthcare concentrations (and all with high honors/distinction).