Esther Dyson is presenting at BluePrint 2017 on Sep 11, 2017  


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86 Investments in 70 Companies
New York

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Esther Dyson does business as EDventure Holdings, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004.

In the last few years, she has turned her sights towards IT and health care.She dedicated two issues of her newsletter, Release 1.0, to the topic (Health and Identity: No Patient Left Behind? in January 2005 and Personal Health Information: Data Comes Alive! in September 2005). Also in September 2005, she ran the Personal Health Information workshop that laid out many of the challenges still perplexing the health-care community.

Currently, she is one of the initial ten subjects of George Church’s Personal Genome Project. Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include Boxbe, CVO Group (Hungary),, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, and WPP Group and Yandex (Russia).

Some of her past direct IT investments include Flickr,, BrightMail, Medstory and Orbitz. Dyson was the founding chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000, and was also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the 90′s.

In 1997, she wrote Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, which appeared in paperback a year later as Release 2.1. In 1994, she wrote a seminal essay on intellectual property for Wired magazine.

Jobs (5)


Founding Partner


2013 - Current   (over 4 years)


2008 - Current   (over 9 years)
Angel Investor
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jun, 2017$1.5M / VenturePersonal Investment
Mar, 2017$4.3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2017$800k / SeedPersonal Investment
Dec, 2016$3.7M / Series A
Aug, 2016$330k / AngelPersonal Investment
Jul, 2016$12M / Series BPersonal Investment
Jul, 2016$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2016$1.85M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2016$1.3M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2015$2M / Series A (Lead)
Mar, 2015$15M / Series BPersonal Investment
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Nov, 2014$2M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jul, 2014$1.58M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2014$1.71M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2014$14.2M / Series BPersonal Investment
Jul, 2013$1.25M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$700k / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$9.7M / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$1.23M / VenturePersonal Investment
May, 2013$1.3M / AngelPersonal Investment
Nov, 2012$3.2M / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2012$2M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2012undisclosed amount / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2012$800k / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2012$1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2012$7M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2012$580k / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2012$500k / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2012$1.5M / AngelPersonal Investment
Jan, 2012$180k / SeedPersonal Investment
Dec, 2011$120k / AngelPersonal Investment
Dec, 2011$800k / SeedPersonal Investment
Dec, 2011undisclosed amount / Series APersonal Investment
Dec, 2011$400k / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2011$1.15M / Series APersonal Investment
Sep, 2011$1.4M / SeedPersonal Investment
Aug, 2011$4.1M / Series APersonal Investment
Jul, 2011$300k / Debt FinancingPersonal Investment
Jun, 2011$10M / VenturePersonal Investment

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September 11, 2017 - September 13, 2017

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