Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of mostly disruptive start-ups. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes Coastal Aviation Software, XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, and hopes to go up again soon. She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for air and space entrepreneurs. (It took a break this year in the face of a crumbling economy, but will return for the fourth time in 2009.) On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and del.icio.us, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group, Eventful.com, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company. Dyson sold her business EDventure Holdings, along with its Release1.0 newsletter and PC Forum conference, to CNET Networks in 2004; PC Forum and Release 1.0 played key roles in the early development of the PC software marketplace and the commercial Internet. Dyson left CNET at the end of 2006 and (with permission) has resumed doing business under the name of EDventure Holdings.
Chair, EDventure Holdings