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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson during the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California, 16 March 2005
Born (1951-07-14) 14 July 1951
Zürich, Switzerland
Alma mater Harvard University
Parent(s) Freeman Dyson and Verena Huber-Dyson

Esther Dyson (born 14 July 1951) is a Swiss-born American journalist, author, businesswoman, investor, commentator and philanthropist. She is a leading angel investor focused on breakthrough efficacy in healthcare, government transparency, digital technology, biotechnology, and space.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] She recently founded HICCup, which just launched its Way to Wellville contest of five places, five years, five metrics. blog . Dyson is currently focusing her career on production of health [8] and continues to invest in health and technology startups.[9]

On 7 October 2008, Space Adventures announced that Dyson had paid to train as a back-up spaceflight participant for Charles Simonyi's trip to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 mission which took place in 2009.[10]


  • Life 1
  • Publications and business ventures 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Esther Dyson's father is English-born physicist

External links

  1. ^ "Esther Dyson Profile". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 2008-10-12. She left  
  2. ^ a b c "Biographical Data on Esther Dyson".  
  3. ^ "Edge: Esther Dyson". Edge Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-12. Esther Dyson is editor of the computer-industry newsletter, Release 1.0, a CNET Networks publication 
  4. ^ Esther Dyson on Charlie Rose
  5. ^ Esther Dyson in Reason Magazine
  6. ^ Esther Dyson on Huffington Post
  7. ^ George, Don (4 November 1997). "Road Warrior: Esther Dyson". Salon Wanderlust. Retrieved 2008-10-12. "Esther Dyson, one of the preeminent visionaries of the digital age – and a quintessential road warrior [..] She also invests in and sits on the boards of several U.S. start-ups. In addition, Dyson is chairwoman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties organization"
  8. ^
  9. ^ 8. One on One Interview. New York Times Bits Blog. "One on One: Esther Dyson, Health Tech Investor and Space Tourist"
  10. ^ "Space Adventures Announces Esther Dyson as Back-Up Crew Member for Spring 2009 Spaceflight Mission". Space Adventures. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12. "Esther Dyson, an investor in Space Adventures [..] will train as the back-up crew member alongside orbital spaceflight candidate Charles Simonyi, PhD, who is currently planning a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring 2009. [..] The price of the back-up crew member program is $3,000,000 (USD), which includes the required spaceflight training costs, along with accommodations in Star City"
  11. ^ See excerpt from Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite by John Brockman (HardWired Books, 1996)
  12. ^ Esther Dyson's Board Seats & Investments. EDventure.
  13. ^ Release 1.0 and 2.0 at O'Reilly
  14. ^ weblog moved to Flicker
  15. ^ Dyson, Esther. "Esther Dyson". Huffington Post. 
  16. ^ Dyson, Esther. (20 March 2007) "New Horizons for the Intrepid VC" The Wall Street Journal.
  17. ^ Flight School '07.
  18. ^ Blueprint Health Graduates Nine More Start-Ups: Interview with Founding Partner, Brad Weinberg
  19. ^ Lexity Investors & Advisors.
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ Dyson, Esther. January 2012 "What's in a Domain Name?" . 
  22. ^ "MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NYC BIGAPPS 2.0 COMPETITION". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 


Dyson has served as a judge[22] for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC BigApps competition in NYC.

Dyson is an active member of a number of non-profit and advisory organizations. From 1998 to 2000, she was the founding chairman of ICANN, the Sunlight Foundation, StopBadware, The Long Now Foundation.


As of early 2007, Dyson describes herself as "spending more and more time on private aviation and commercial space startups"[16] and also in health care and genetics. Dyson is a founding member of PatientsLikeMe, Resilient, Sleepio,[20] Startup Health, Tocagen, Trial Networks, Mequibrium, VitaPortal, PatientsKnowBest, and Valkee.

Dyson was also an early investor in several tech startups, among them TrustedID, Cygnus Solutions, Flickr (sold to Yahoo!), (sold to Yahoo!), Eventful, Netbeans (sold to Sun Microsystems), Powerset, Systinet, ZEDO, CV-Online, Medscape (now part of WebMD), Linkstorm, Medstory (sold to Microsoft), Meetup, Valkee, Robin Labs and Lexity (sold to Yahoo).

Dyson is an adviser to the First Monday journal and Visual Ops, an occasional contributor to Arianna Huffington's online Huffington Post,[15] and a board member of the education non-profit TASC.

She sits on the boards of 23andMe,, Luxoft, Meetup Inc., (formerly NewspaperDirect), PA Consulting, Personal Inc, Voxiva (the company behind in the US and Russia), WPP Group, XCOR Aerospace and Yandex(Russia - YNDX).

She contributes monthly to She writes regularly for www

And since about 2003, she has maintained an active Flickr account at Dyson's Flickr[14]

  • Release 1.0, her monthly technology-industry newsletter, published by EDventure Holdings. Until 2006, Dyson wrote several issues herself and edited the others. When she left CNET, the newsletter was picked up by O'Reilly Media, which appointed Jimmy Guterman to edit it and renamed the newsletter Release 2.0.[13]
  • Release 2.0, her 1997 book on how the Internet affects individuals' lives. Its full title is Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age. The revision Release 2.1 was published in 1998.

Previously, Dyson and her company EDventure specialized in analyzing the effect of emerging technologies and markets on economies and societies. She created the following publications on technology:

Currently, Dyson is a board member and active investor in a variety of start-ups, mostly in online services, health care/genetics, and space travel.[12]

Dyson in 2007
Dyson said, "I'm flying!", 2007 courtesy Zero-G

Publications and business ventures

covering software companies, she moved to Rosen Research and in 1983 bought the company from her employer Ben Rosen, renaming it EDventure Holdings. She sold EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004, but left CNET in January 2007. Oppenheimer Holdings and other start-ups. After a stint at Federal Express following [2] as a fact-checker and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977, she joined New Court Securities as "the research department",Forbes After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, she joined [11]

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