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Harvard University, BS
Harvard University, BA 1972
Economics, Harvard Crimson

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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, but hopes to go up again soon.

She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space.

On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group,, 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.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
mxHero 7/2013Seed$1.25M5
Valkee 6/2013Series A$9.7M4
Social Bicycles 5/2013Angel$1.1M5
Amicus 11/2012Seed$3.2M16
VitaPortal 10/2012Series A$2M2
PayPerks 9/2012Series A4
Rewind Me 6/2012Seed$800k12
Singly 4/2012Series A$7M8
Amicus 2/2012Seed$580k8
Urtak 1/2012Seed$500k3
Zeel 1/2012Angel$1.5M11
Displair 2012Seed$180k5
Apiary 12/2011Angel$120k2
Omada Health 12/2011Seed$800k6
SponsorHub 12/2011Series A12
HealthRally 12/2011Seed$400k3
Zingaya 10/2011Series A$1.15M1
Lanyrd 9/2011Seed$1.4M8
ChallengePost 8/2011Series A$4.1M7
ConsumerBell 7/2011Debt$300k5
AlterGeo 6/2011Venture Round$10M3
ToutApp 5/2011Seed$350k9
Ostrovok 5/2011Series A$13.6M15
HealthTap 3/2011Seed$2.35M4
Crowdbooster 1/2011Seed11
Nanorex 2011Venture Round1
Valkee 12/2010Angel€400k4
PayPerks 9/2010Angel4
Fluidinfo 8/2010Series A$1.79M12
The Extraordinaries 5/2010Seed$1.1M7
Factual 2/2010Seed$1M14
HealthTap 1/2010Angel7
Vizu Corporation 12/2009Series A$6.75M4
Square 11/2009Series A$10M19
Fluidinfo 9/2009Seed$540k2
Lexity 9/2009Seed$1.2M5
ChallengePost 6/2009Angel$500k10
Fancy 6/2009Angel$2M3
Airship Ventures 3/2009Series B$2.5M3
Joobili 1/2009Seed$80k1
Space Adventures 10/2008Angel1
Dopplr 9/2008Angel11
Wee Web 9/2008Seed$270k5
GoodData 7/2008Angel$2M3
OrganizedWisdom 6/2008Series A$2.3M6
Airship Ventures 5/2008Series A$8M1 2/2008Series A$6M2
AnchorFree 1/2008Series B$4.8M3 10/2007Angel$1.5M7
Noovo 10/2007Angel€300k4
XCOR Aerospace 6/2007Angel3 2/2007Angel$900k9
Boxbe 1/2007Series A$1.5M2
Visible Path 3/2006Series A$7.7M4
Visible Path 3/2006Series B$17M4
Vizu Corporation 2/2006Series A$1M6
SkyGrid 1/2006Series A$2.25M4
Plazes 1/2006Angel€1M4 9/2005Angel£2M3


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    Russia’s ‘Foursquare’ funded by top funds and angel investor Esther Dyson ( [edit]
  1. ERA-Backed mxHero Raises $1.25M Seed Round Led By White Star Capital ( [edit]
  2. Valkee, The Profitable Startup That Shines Lights Through Your Ears, Raises $9.7M ( [edit]
  3. Social Bicycles Raises $1.1 Million To Expand Bike Sharing Project ( [edit]
  4. YC’s Amicus Pulls In $3.2 Million To Bring Social Graph Smarts To Non-Profit Fundraising ( [edit]
  5. Russian Online Health Startup, VitaPortal, Raises $2M Series A Led By Prostor Capital And Backed By Esther Dyson ( [edit]
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  7. Personal History Tracker Rewind.Me Raises Seed Round Ahead of TechStars Demo Day ( [edit]
  8. Singly Receives $7M Investment ( [edit]
  9. Amicus Wants To Socialize Nonprofit Fundraising And Outreach, Raises $580K Itself ( [edit]
  10. Urtak Raises $500k To Ask You The Big Questions: Yes? No? Don’t Care? ( [edit]
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  12. Leta Group launches venture fund, announces Displair as first investment ( [edit]
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  14. Omada Health Raises $850K From Esther Dyson & More To Take On Diabetes ( [edit]
  16. HealthRally Raises more than $400K in Seed Funding ( [edit]
  17. Zingaya Secures $1.15m To Take On Russian Click-to-call Market ( [edit]
  18. Lanyrd Secures $1.4 million In Seed Funding To Make Conferences More Social ( [edit]
  19. ChallengePost Picks Up $4.1M in Series A Funding to Help Run Online Contests for New Ideas ( [edit]
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  21. AlterGeo, The Foursquare-Of-Russia, Raises $10M From Intel Capital And Others ( [edit]
  22. ToutApp Raises Seed Round from Esther Dyson, Dave McClure, Eric Ries and others. ( [edit]
  23. Ostrovok Raises $13.6M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  24. HealthTap Raises $2.35 Million To Help People Manage Their Health ( [edit]
  25. YC-backed Crowdbooster Launches Social Media Monitoring Dashboard That Does The Thinking For You ( [edit]
  26. Esther Dyson On The Future Of Space Travel: We Are Only At "The End Of The Beginning" ( [edit]
  27. Valkee Raises €400K in Angel Funding Round ( [edit]
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  36. Stealth Web Startup Palaran Raises $1 Million In Funding From True Ventures ( [edit]
  37. ChallengePost launches problem-solving site with Wozniak, Betaworks onboard ( [edit]
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  39. Airship Ventures raises $2.5M to bring zeppelins to the Bay Area ( [edit]
  40. Joobili Secures Seed Funding ( [edit]
  41. Esther Dyson to be next high-techie to blast into space ( [edit]
  42. Business Travel Social Net Dopplr Gets Funding From Tom Glocer, Others ( [edit]
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  44. Good Data Secures Initial Funding ( [edit]
  45. OrganizedWisdom, the “Mahalo For Health”, Raises $2.3 Million ( [edit]
  46. Look, up in the sky: Zeppelin company Airship Ventures raises $8M ( [edit]
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