Esther Dyson(@edyson) is chairman of EDventure Holdings and founder ofHICCup, Health Initiative Coordinating Council. HICCup has just launched The Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), an open-source, evidence-generating project devoted to defining and testing models for producing community health (not health care) that will return profits to investors and health to the participants. HICCup is working with the five Way to Wellville communities to accelerate their own efforts to produce health; they are Lake County, CA; Greater Muskegon, MI; Niagara Falls, NY; Clatsop County, OR; and Spartanburg. SC. Its motto is “Don’t rent your health. Invest in it!”
Aside from that, Dyson spends her time investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care and aerospace. On the health side, she is an investor in 23andMe (also a director), Applied Proteomics, Crohnology, Eligible API, Genomera, GeriJoy, Health Loop, HealthTap, i2Dx, Keas (also an advisor), Medivo, mEquilibrium, Omada Health, Organized Wisdom, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest (UK), Resilient, Sleepio (UK), StartupHealth, Tocagen, Valkee (Finland), VitaPortal (Russia, also an advisor) and Voxiva (also a director). From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.