Analyst Profile

Ray Valdes

Ray Valdes

VP & Gartner Fellow

17 years at Gartner ,  31 years industry experience
Santa Clara, CA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Ray Valdes is a Gartner Research Vice President and Gartner Fellow. He is the primary analyst in Gartner core research covering blockchain technology, metacoin platforms and the programmable economy. In addition, he covers application design and development, including web and mobile development platforms.

Areas of Coverage

  • Application Development & Integration
  • Digital Marketing
  • Web Services


Previous Experience

Mr. Valdes has 20 years of experience in software product design, internet development and startup management. He has been a principal or co-founder of a half dozen technology startup ventures, in the areas of mobile platforms, web portal solutions, digital music and product search engines. He has also worked for some of the leading technology vendors. Prior to joining Gartner, he was head of software development for a mobile platform vendor, helping build innovative foundational technology that garnered 35 patents. Previously, he was VP of Software Development at CKMP, a leading vendor of internet portal solutions that eventually went to IPO. Mr. Valdes has also served as vice president - engineering - for an internet music company, as well as co-founder of a computer graphics technology company. He is familiar with technology design, as well as competitive business strategy.

Professional Background

CKMP, Vice President, Engineering, 2 years
Vega Vista, Director of Software Development, 1 year, Managing Director of Content, 2 years


B.A., cum laude, Bucknell University