Jack Dangermond

Founder & President, ESRI

A Conversation with Tim O'Reilly
44 minutes, 20.3mb, recorded 2005-06-29
Jack Dangermond
Jack Dangermond founded ESRI because he realized that geography matters, and he has "worked like crazy" to bring this understanding to the world. Today's emerging web-based interoperable mapping services and applications intuitively share this vision. There is now a growing community of developers building technology that is collaborative, multi-server, and can be integrated within a Web 2.0 environment.

Dangermond emphasizes that, while these new mapping services are interesting, he is most impressed with the development of GIS networks - GIS services on the web that are beginning to organize around portals like the US federal goverment's Geospatial One Stop. Open standards will allow developers to build geoweb applications that integrate this knowledge of the Where dimension.

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Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web.

ESRI has the largest GIS software install base in the world, with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations representing government, NGOs, academia, and industries such as utilities, health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security, retail, and agriculture. He fostered the growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization of 2,900 employees, known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services. ESRI now has 25 subsidiaries as well as more than 75 distributors worldwide and 11 regional offices throughout the United States. It continues to grow at a rapid rate.


This presentation is one of a series from the Where 2.0 Event held in Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, June 29-30, 2005.

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