Jack Dangermond is the co-founder and president of Esri. A geographer with deep roots in landscape architecture, Jack productised GIS after a decade of research and development as a regional planning consultant in his hometown of Redlands, California.
Today, Esri dominates the geospatial technology industry and is the 4th largest privately held software company in the world. Jack has authored hundreds of papers on GIS and has won many awards in recognition of their conservation innovation and support for research institutions, schools, and non-profit organizations.
Jack is the company’s President and Founder, and he works at ESRI’s headquarters in Redlands, California. Dangermond founded ESRI to perform land use analysis; however, its focus evolved into GIS software development, highlighted by the release of ARC/INFO in the early 1980s; the development and marketing of ARC/INFO positioned ESRI with the dominant market share among GIS software developers. Today ESRI is the largest GIS software developer in the world and its flagship product, ArcGIS, traces its heritage to Dangermond’s initial efforts in developing ARC/INFO.