Internet Guru, Investor, Writer
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Esther Dyson is an active angel investor in a variety of start-ups, for-profit and otherwise, around the world, doing business as EDventure. Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member.
An economics graduate of Harvard and the daughter of an English physicist and Swiss mathematician, Esther. Dyson started working in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism to help in the high tech and venture capital sector and is still actively working in the USA and Europe. She resides in New York City.
She was the founding chairman of ICANN (policy-setter for the DNS) from 1998-2000, and was also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the 90s. In 1997, she wrote her (so far) only book, “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” which appeared in paperback a year later as “Release 2.1.”
For more than 20 years Dyson wrote the newsletter Release 1.0 and ran PC Forum, the IT market’s leading executive conference. She sold them to CNET Networks in 2004, and left CNET at the end of 2006.