|Born||14 July 1951|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Esther Dyson (born 14 July 1951) is a Swiss-born American investor, journalist, author, commentator and philanthropist. She is the executive founder of Wellville, a nonprofit project focused on improving equitable wellbeing. Dyson is a leading angel investor focused on health care, open government, digital technology, biotechnology, and outer space. Dyson's career now focuses on health and she continues to invest in health and technology startups.
Esther Dyson's father was English-born, American-naturalized physicist Freeman Dyson, and her mother was mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson, of Swiss parentage; her brother is science historian George Dyson. She was educated at Harvard University where she studied economics and wrote for The Harvard Crimson.
After graduating she joined Forbes as a fact-checker and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977, she joined New Court Securities following Federal Express and other start-ups. After a stint at Oppenheimer Holdings covering software companies, she moved to Rosen Research in 1982. In 1983, when she bought the company from her employer Ben Rosen, Dyson renamed the company EDventure Holdings and his Rosen Electronic Letter newsletter Release 1.0. She and business partner Daphne Kis sold EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004 and left CNET in January 2007.
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.
In 1997, Dyson wrote that as of that time she had never voted. The tagline of her email signature block reads “Always make new mistakes”.
Currently, Dyson is a board member and active investor in a variety of start-ups, mostly in online services, health care, logistics, artificial intelligence, emerging markets, and space travel.
Previously, Dyson and her company EDventure Holdings specialized in analyzing the effect of emerging technologies and markets on economies and societies. She produced the following publications on technology:
Dyson was an early investor in several tech startups, among them TrustedID, Cygnus Solutions, Flickr (sold to Yahoo!), del.icio.us (sold to Yahoo!), Eventful, Factual (now part of FourSquare), Netbeans (sold to Sun Microsystems), Powerset (sold to Microsoft), Systinet, CV-Online, Medscape (now part of WebMD), Linkstorm, Medstory (sold to Microsoft), Meetup (sold to WeWork), Valkee, Robin Labs and Lexity (sold to Yahoo), Zedo and Zeta Global (recent SPAC).
Dyson's current health & health care investments include: 23andMe (former director), 4D Healthware, Abridge.ai, BAMF Health (board), Big Health, Bioz, Boundless.ai (sold to Thrive Global), Care.Coach, CareMESH, Cecelia, Clover Health, Devoted Health, Element3 Health (board), Eligible, Empathic Technologies, Enso Relief (sold to Hinge Health), Epistemic.ai, Ezra.com, Foresite, Hawthorne Effect, HealthCelerate, HealthTap, Humanest, Humanity, Hurdle, Iaso.ai, Ilara Health, i2Dx, Lipidio, LuminDx, MealShare, Medesk, MedicaSafe, meQuilibrium, Mindright.io, Nanowear, NeuroGeneCES, Nobil.compnay, Nuna, Omada Health, PatientsKnowBest, Pocket Naloxone, Praava, Prognos.ai, ProofPilot (board), Resilient, Solera, Startup Health, Supportiv, Syllable.ai, Tega, Tocagen, Trusty.care, Virgo SVS, YourCoach, and X-Vax.
Her non-health investments include: Go Insurance, GoodData, Koffie Labs, Linqia.com, Square.
She is currently on the board of directors of BAMF Health, Element 3 Health, Medesk, PressReader, ProofPilot (coming soon!), SWVL (based in Dubai, SPAC in process) and Yandex (NASDAQ).
Previous board seats: 23andMe, Boxbe, Cygnus, Eventful.com (sold to CBS), Evernote (still alive!), Luxoft (sold to DXC, which was originally Computer Sciences Corp., one of the companies she covered as an analyst on Wall Street), Meetup Inc. (sold to WeWork), PA Consulting (sold to Carlyle), Voxiva (the company behind text4baby.org, renamed Wellpass and sold to Welltok), WPP Group, and XCOR Aerospace (filed for bankruptcy).
Dyson is a founding member of the Space Angels Network and has invested in XCOR (bankrupt), Constellation Services (transformed into Nanoracks, Made in Space, Zero-G, Icon Aircraft, World View Enterprises, and Space Adventures, from whom she bought her Russian cosmonaut training experience.
She is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and a past member of NASA’s Advisory Council. In 2006 and 2007, she hosted the Flight School conference, focused on new space and air taxis.
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 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. As of 2004, she sat on its "reform" committee (the At-Large Advisory Committee), dedicated to defining a role for individuals in ICANN's decision-making and governance structures. She opposed ICANN's 2012 expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs). She has followed closely the post-Soviet transition of Eastern Europe, from 2002 to 2012 was a member of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, along with Vint Cerf, George Sadowsky, and Veni Markovski, among others. She has served as a trustee of, and helped fund, emerging organizations such as Glasses for Humanity, Bridges.org, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Eurasia Foundation, StopBadware, and the Sunlight Foundation.
Currently, she is a trustee of Charity Navigator, ExpandED Schools (outside-of-class services for kids), the Long Now Foundation, Open Corporates, and The Commons Project, where she chairs the comp and culture committee.
Dyson was one of the first ten volunteers for George Church’s Personal Genome Project where you can find her complete genome.
Dyson has served as a judge for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC BigApps competition in New York.
Esther Dyson, former Chairman of the ICANN Board [..] She was appointed as one of ICANN's nine initial directors in October 1998. She served as an ICANN director until 16 November 2000.
Esther Dyson is editor of the computer-industry newsletter, Release 1.0, a CNET Networks publication