Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson(@edyson on twitter)  is executive founder of Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year project to help US communities to dramatically improve the health of their residents, and to develop new business models for the cultivation of health.  Overall, Dyson works to leverage new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economic and political).  On the aerospace front,  she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut, from October 2008 to March 2009.  Shortly after her return, she became a member of NASA’s Advisory Council and later chairman of its Technology and Innovation Committee, serving from 2010 to 2012.  Her investments in the space include Space Adventures/Zero-G, XCOR Aerospace, ICON Aircraft, Nanoracks and WorldView.  She was the first “patron” of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and is a charter member of the Space Angels Network.  She has flown weightless six or seven times, mostly on Zero-G as well as once, she says, during her flight training, she says, "where their goal is to get you sick.  They almost succeeded!" Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of companies, including 23andMe, Luxoft,  Meetup, Pressreader, Voxiva (the company behind,  XCOR Aerospace and Yandex (Russia - YNDX).  Her past investments have included Medstory and Powerset (sold to Microsoft), Flickr and (sold to Yahoo!), Brightmail (sold to Symantec), Vizu (sold to Nielsen), Basis Science (sold to Intel) and Eventful (sold to CBS).  Her current investments include AdKeeper, AnchorFree, ChallengePost,  Cognitive Match, Crowdbooster, Evernote, Fancy, Factual, Flattr (Sweden), GoodData, GridPoint,, Jana, LinkedIn (LNKD), Linqia, Payperks,  RockTech, Square  in information services; AlterGeo, Ostrovok, TerraLink and Zingaya in Russia; Applied Proteomics,  Genomera, GeriJoy,  HealthEngage, Health Loop, HealthTap, i2Dx Keas, Medico, Medivo, Modria, Omada Health, Organized Wisdom, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest (UK), Resilient, Tocagen, Valkee (Finland) and Vita Portal in health.   Dyson  also sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Long Now Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and the Personal Genome Project and is a patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  She has a BA in economics from Harvard and started her serious career as a fact-checker/reporter for Forbes Magazine (1974-77).  From 1977 to 1982 she worked on Wall Street as a securities analyst, covering companies such as Federal Express, Apple Computer and Electronic Data Systems.  From 1983 to 2004 she wrote/edited Release 1.0, a monthly analysis of the PC/Internet business, and ran the yearly PC Forum, the industry's leading executive conference (no sponsors), as head of her own company EDventure Holdings.  She sold EDventure to CNET in 2004 and worked there for two years before going completely independent.  Along the way, she served as founding (non-exec) chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book "Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age," published by Broadway Books, in 1997.  She posts photos at 

Broadcast 2998 Esther Dyson

Guest:  Esther Dyson;  Topics: Commercial & NewSpace investing, industry details, due diligence, financing and capital acquisition, related industries & technologies.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

Broadcast 1510 (Special Edition)

Guest: Esther Dyson. Topics: Space investments, commercial space, NewSpace, business opportunities in space. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Visits Esther Dyson's website,

Broadcast 719 (Special Edition)

Esther Dyson was the guest for this Space Show program. Please be aware that there are audio problems with parts of this program as a VoIP phone line was used for the interview. VoIP audio problems cannot be edited out of the recording. Both Esther and I appreciate your understanding regarding this matter. This interview with Esther Dyson is outstanding! We began the interview by learning about Esther's amazing workshop program, Flight School. Flight School will be held this June 20-22 in Aspen, CO and its the third annual Flight School program Ms. Dyson has put together.

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