John Landry is a 25-year software executive and innovator who has served as Chief Technology Officer/Senior VP Development at such software leaders as Lotus Development, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Cullinet Software, and McCormack & Dodge, John Landry now lives an eclectic professional life described by one industry pundit as "johnlandry.com, a one-man keiretsu."
Landry is currently Founder and Managing Director of Lead Dog Ventures (LDV), a disruptive new-age business accelerator, providing emerging technology enterprises access to a well-developed network of intellectual, relationship and financial capital. Packaging technology vision, business expertise and funding alternatives, LDV provides the means for today's entrepreneurs to become the "Lead Dogs" of tomorrow. LDV was created while Landry served in a unique capacity at IBM, a role he assumed following IBM's acquisition of Lotus (SVP/CTO 1990-95). In 1995, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner appointed Landry to lead IBM's Internet Strategy Task Force, chartered to design and develop IBM's Internet strategy across the corporation. Following approval in what became IBM's wildly successful e-Business strategy, Landry proposed to Gerstner a unique dual role--identifying disruptive "Lead Dog" technologies via direct involvement in their businesses, while simultaneously providing IBM top management and customers with an inside view of activity at "the edge." Landry served in this capacity as VP of Technology Strategy at IBM from 1995 to 2001.