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I'm a 30-year software veteran and innovator who has served as Chief Technology Officer/Senior VP Development at some great software leaders like Lotus Development, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Cullinet Software and McCormack & Dodge, et. al. I live a wonderfully eclectic professional life that was described by one industry friend as “johnlandry.com, a one-man keiretsu”.

I'm founder of Lead Dog Ventures (LDV), a disruptive new-age business accelerator. We provide emerging technology enterprises access to a well-developed network of intellectual, relationship and financial capital. We package technology vision, business expertise and funding alternatives and try to help provide the means for today's entrepreneurs to become the "Lead Dogs" of tomorrow.

I love working with entrepreneurs who want to change the status quo with a vengance! LDV was created while I served in a unique capacity at IBM, a role I assumed following IBM's acquisition of Lotus (SVP/CTO 1990-95). In 1995, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner appointed me 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, I proposed to Lou a unique dual role -- identifying disruptive "Lead Dog" technologies via direct involvement in their businesses, while simultaneously, as an IBM insider, providing IBM top management and customers with a view of activity at "the edge". I served in this capacity as VP of Technology Strategy at IBM from 1995 to 2001.

This role of "knowledge broker” has continued to evolve as Lead Dog grows both its strategic technology advisory business with clients including IBM, McKinsey and Arthur Andersen, and its investment portfolio with new investments including Adesso Systems, Maven Networks, 3AM Labs, Poindexter, Unica, Infostoria and Interwise.

I currently serve as Chairman and CTO of Adesso Systems where I led the design and development of Adesso's 'killer' distributed applications platform. Previously I served as Chairman/CTO (great job!) in three of Lead Dog's investments: interactive advertising leader Narrative Communications (acquired by Excite/AtHome in 1999), Internet calendaring powerhouse, AnyDay.com (acquired by Palm in 2000) and web services management pioneer Adjoin Solutions (acquired by Computer Associates in 2004). I currently serve on the board of directors at several of Lead Dogs investments.

I am a long-time trustee of the Massachusetts Software and Internet Council, past-president of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the American Software Association, and a passionate Trustee and instructor at my alma mater, Babson College, the #1 ranked program for entrepreneurship education in the world.

I live in Wayland, MA with my wonderful wife, my old dog Boscoe and the kids when they return home. It's a good thing.

Interests

particularly colonial america (it's all around me!)
teaching tech & entrepreneurship
, tech
cooking.. my mother-in-law says "yanni.. he's a good cooker"
the fam'
stock market trading.. since i was 6!
golf.. but i keep get