The goal of the emblem is to mention DNA and space travel as two new frontiers, to picture the evolution of mankind to Space. The shape resembles the form of a landing capsule. Esther's motto "Always Make New Mistakes" gives closure to the concept by bestowing to it her own personal worldview.
"Esther Dyson, an investor in Space Adventures and many other innovative companies, will train as the back-up crew member alongside orbital spaceflight candidate Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., who is currently planning a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring [March25] 2009." - Space Adventures, Oct'08
Esther Dyson is currently living in Star City, training to be a cosmonaut as backup to Charles Simonyi. When she's not on sabbatical, she is the Internet's court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters. She does business as EDventure, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004.
You can find out more from links at www.edventure.com, and especially about Flight School. Or you can e-mail her at email@example.com. (You'll be challenged with a captcha, but give it a whirl!)
Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include 23andMe, Boxbe, CVO Group, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, Yandex (Russia)... and WPP Group (not a start-up). Some of her other direct IT investments include Flickr and Del.icio.us (sold to Yahoo!), BrightMail (sold to Symantec), Orbitz (sold to Cendant), Medstory (sold to Microsoft), ActiveWeave, BlogAds, ChoiceStream, Dotomi, Linkstorm, Mashery, Ovusoft, Plazes, Powerset, Resilient, Tacit, Technorati, Visible Path, Vizu.com and Zedo.
As a two-time weightless flyer, she is also active in the commercial space/airline start-up world, with investments in Constellation Services, Icon Aircraft, Space Adventures, XCOR Aerospace and Zero-G. She will run the third annual Flight School workshop, on the new private aviation and commercial space markets, this June 20 to 22 in Aspen, CO.
She also blogs occasionally for the Huffington Post, as Release 0.9. She posts photos with captions at Flickr.
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. (The Forum was discontinued under CNET Networks' ownership, while O'Reilly Media now produces Release 1.0 under the new name of Release 2.0, with Dyson's blessing.) Dyson 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". In 1994, she wrote a seminal essay on intellectual property for WIRED magazine. In both her investments and her nonprofit activities, she has always been concerned with the impact of information (technology) on business and society.
Esther Dyson's Astronaut Patch
gi23 is my (the designer's) signature. I am Gisela Giardino (aka The Alieness). I've been honored with the opportunity to craft the cosmonaut suit patch, thus contribute with Esthr's Space travel. You can learn more about me & my work (about the 23, too) at: