A landscape architect by training, Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and geodesign technologies that are used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered Esri's growth from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.