Esther Dyson is a natural born networker. She has devoted her life to discovering the inevitable and promoting the possible. As an investor/commentator, she focuses on emerging technologies, emerging markets and emerging companies. In 1994, she was one of the first to explore the impact of the Net on intellectual property (among other things, why Bill Gates now plans to offer software as an online service).
Raised amid the Dyson family network of scientists and thinkers, since the Seventies, Esther Dyson has been on her own connecting people and ideas in original ways. Watched and emulated as a model for women in media, Dyson’s personal vision for interactive media has influence far beyond the scope of her daily work.
Dyson is president and owner of EDventure Holdings; a small yet globally diversified information services company. EDventure invests in information-oriented startup ventures in central and Eastern Europe as well as in the USA. EDventure conducts industry events like the PC Forum and the High-Tech Forum. Since 1982, EDventure’s newsletter, Release 1.0, help readers see underlying patterns behind industry trends, a theme echoed in her book, Release 2.0.
Esther was the controversial first interim chairperson of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a position she resigned. She was a member of Vice President Al Gore’s vital National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, where she focused on privacy and security issues along with fostering support for Project Kickstart, helping schools, libraries and community centers hook up to the Internet.
Pre-ICANN, Dyson also served as the chair of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She additionally is associated with the Institute for EastWest Studies, Global Business Network, Eurasia Foundation, Santa Fe Institute, Poynter Institute For Media Studies, the Russian Internet Technology Center (she speaks fluent Russian), and a few small software companies, chiefly in Eastern Europe. In most cases, she sits on the board of directors.
“Upside” stated that her “stature is based entirely on her ability to influence others with her ideas rather than directly control companies or huge amounts of capital.”
After five years as a Wall Street securities analyst, Dyson graduated from Harvard in 1972 with a BA in economics, soon gaining national attention as a reporter for Forbes magazine.
Dyson is also interested in the potential of IT to improve human health, both by involving individuals in maintaining their own health and by transforming the delivery of health care and the institutions that provide it. Her activities here include board seats with 23andMe, Voxiva and numerous other investments, as well as her role as one of ten initial research subjects in George Church’s Personal Genome Project
With 20 years’ experience in the computer industry, Dyson has long been a popular speaker at major industry events in the US and around the world. These include the World Economic Forum in Davos, Comdex, the Aspen Institute, Harvard Millennium Summit, the Gartner Group conferences, Businessweek’s Global conferences, Windows Expo and the Israel Internet Association’s annual conference. Dyson appears frequently as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, the BBC, Wall Street Journal TV, PBS and the network news. Every year, attendees at many business meetings and conferences learn from her provocative insights on such topics as the role of intellectual property, electronic commerce, US and foreign government policy on information technology, and the future of the Internet.
The Future of High Technology
A Design for Living in the Digital Age
The Role of Intellectual Property
U.S. & Foreign Government Policy on Information Technology
The Future of the Internet
The Future of Health and IT