Joel Z. Hyatt is an entrepreneur whose start-up ventures have spanned several industries, including legal services, technology and media. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1972) and Yale Law School (1975).
In 1977, Joel Hyatt co-founded Hyatt Legal Services, which built a new delivery system to provide affordable legal services to middle and lower income families nationwide. Hyatt also founded and built Hyatt Legal Plans, Inc., which pioneered employer-sponsored group legal plans. Hyatt Legal Plans was acquired by MetLife, and continues to operate under its original name. Almost 200 of the Fortune 500 companies have a Hyatt Legal Plan providing legal services for their employees as an employee benefit.
In 2004, Joel Hyatt and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore founded Current Media, which launched Current TV and Current.com. Current pioneered the concept of user generated content. Current TV was carried into 70 million subscriber households in the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. Current TV received two Emmy awards, the Peabody Award, two Livingston Awards, the Dupont Award and many other awards for outstanding investigative and participatory journalism. Current. com received a Webby Award for the best website of any cable television network. In 2013, Current TV was acquired by Al Jazeera.
Hyatt was the founding Chairman of VideoSurf, a computer vision search engine, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2011.
Joel Hyatt was the Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate in Ohio in 1994, and was the National Finance Chair for the Democratic Party in 2000.
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Hyatt served on the faculty of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught two very popular courses on entrepreneurship.
In 2000, Mr. Hyatt co-authored “The Long Boom” with Peter Schwartz and Peter Leyden.
Hyatt served on the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College from 1989 – 2006 and on the Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution from 2001 – 2010. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and on the Board of Trustees of Stanford Hospital and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 2017, Joel Hyatt, officially launched Globality with a team of high-powered industry leaders. Hyatt tweeted, “@GlobalityInc is officially live! Proud of our great team. Our mission is to make globalization work.”
Globality, matches multinational companies with prequalified specialists in countries where they have a limited on-staff presence. Often, these consultants are small, not business partners that would not typically have relationships already.