Esther Dyson

Ms. Dyson has been a leading figure in the technology industry globally for over three decades.

Her entrepreneurial insights, developed over the course of a career supporting start‑up and expansion‑stage companies in information technology, provide an invaluable source of guidance in the management of portfolio companies. Her business network is also a consistent supplier of connections and introductions, investing opportunities and market intelligence.

Ms. Dyson is an active investor in start‑ups around the world, and sits on the boards of 23andMe, Luxoft, Meetup, and Yandex among others. Her portfolio includes such winners as Evernote, Facebook, Square; she has sold startups to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Apple and Uber, among others. She is the author of Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age (1997 bestseller).

From 1998 to 2000, she was the founding chairman of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number, the organization responsible for overseeing the Domain Name System) and as such, provided advice to a number of government officials worldwide on Internet policy issues. From October 2008 - March 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, training as a backup cosmonaut.

Ms. Dyson has a BA in economics from Harvard University.