Jack Herrick

Jack Herrick
Founder, wikiHow


Jack started wikiHow, a wiki based how-to guide. With over 23 million unique visitors, wikiHow is one of the most popular sites on the web. As wikiHow’s steward, Jack works with a community of thousands of volunteers who create, edit and maintain wikiHow’s 75,000 how-to articles.

Prior to starting wikiHow, Jack was co-owner and co-CEO of eHow.com. Under Jack’s leadership, eHow became the world’s most popular how-to manual. Jack sold eHow.com to Demand Media in 2006. Previous companies Jack co-founded include Luminescent Technologies, a leading provider of computational semiconductor lithography technology and BigTray.com, the largest online vendor of restaurant equipment and supplies. Earlier in his career Jack worked at McKinsey & Company.

Jack currently serves on the board of directors for StatusNet, an open source microblogging company. Jack has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BA in History from Stanford.

Jack enjoys rock climbing and surfing. Before his startup career, Jack spent 2 years living in the back of a compact pickup truck in Yosemite Valley where he climbed El Capitan, Half Dome and Astroman. He now lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and 2 kids.


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