March 20, 2012 6:00 PM. 100 attended.

Startup Roundtable Series 9 with Esther Dyson

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    Startup Roundtable Series is a project developed by NY Entrepreneurs Business Network (NYEBN). It's aimed to present the best Silicon Alley has to offer. For such series, NYEBN typically brings in legendary investors or uber successful startup founders to share their experience and offer advice. For Startup Roundtable Series 9, we will feature Esther Dyson in an interview style. Andrew Wong, the organizer of NYEBN, will be interviewing Dyson.  Beer, wine & non-alcohol drinks are sponsored by our host - Morrison Foerster.


    Dyson's investments have included Flickr and, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group,, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company.


    Esther Dyson

    Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings, is an active investor in a variety of start-ups around the world. Her interests include information technology, health care, private aviation, and space travel.




    Andrew Wong 

    Andrew Wong

    • Founder & Organizer @ NY Entrepreneurs Business Network
    • Co-Founder & CEO @, an interest-based social network




    • 6:00 - 6:30 PM: Registration
    • 6:30 - 7:45 PM: Intro, interview & Q&A
    • 7:45 - 8:30 PM: Networking




    • Early Bird - $15 (sold out)
    • General Admission - $25
    • Walk-in - $35




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    Esther Dyson - Full Bio

    Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, but hopes to go up again soon.

    She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space. It’s in hiatus for 2008, but will resume in 2009.

    On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group,, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company.

    Dyson sold her business EDventure Holdings, along with its Release1.0 newsletter and PC Forum conference, to CNET Networks in 2004; PC Forum and Release 1.0 played key roles in the early development of the PC software marketplace and the commercial Internet. Dyson left CNET at the end of 2006 and (with permission) has resumed doing business under the name of EDventure Holdings.


    *This biography is taken from Crunchbase




    Venue Host - Morrison Foerster

    For more than three decades, Morrison & Foerster LLP has provided expert counsel to technology companies at every stage of their development and growth – from initial business formation and intellectual property protection through venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and beyond. Armed with an intimate understanding of our clients’ technologies and industries, the firm’s 250 corporate lawyers are driven to achieve a client’s business objectives and deliver success.


    Since 2007, Morrison & Foerster has helped to raise nearly $2 billion in venture financing for technology companies. The firm’s deep understanding of the venture capital market ensures that transactions are structured consistent with the then-current market terms and close quickly in a cost-effective manner.  Morrison & Foerster also has represented more than 100 leading venture capital funds in both fund formation and venture investments, and the firm’s extensive network of relationships within the venture capital community is readily available to client companies as they seek financing. Morrison & Foerster’s network also includes many of the leading investment banks that regularly take technology-centric companies public or assist them in the merger and acquisition process.  As clients grow and their needs evolve, the firm remains an invaluable business partner. Since 1998, Morrison & Foerster has completed more than 60 initial public offerings raising more than $4 billion in proceeds and hundreds of mergers and acquisitions with aggregate transactional values of more than $100 billion.  


    The firm also provides early-stage companies with a wide range of high-quality complementary legal services in areas such as intellectual property protection, technology licensing and collaborations, domestic and international tax planning, executive compensation and labor. If the need arises, the firm is able to provide expert intellectual property, securities and commercial litigation counseling and services.


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    Sponsor - Ajax Union





    Ajax Union is an Internet Marketing Company in NYC specializing in search engine marketing, SEO, internet advertising, social media marketing & more. For more info, visit its website @



    Promotional Partner - Manhattan Chamber of Commerce









    The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a membership organization comprised of a cross section of member businesses ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and conglomerates. Our mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. With 10,000 members and subscribers, we represent the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partner with over 300 diverse business organizations in the city.  Our members are part of one of the largest constituencies in the country representing approximately 1.6 million US employees and approximately 4.5 million employees globally.  Locally, our member companies have over 165,000 employees.  And, collectively, our member companies account for over $630 billion dollars in annual revenues.  Our members connect through committees, events and volunteer work. To learn more, please visit

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  • Andrew Wong
    Andrew Wong

    Hey everybody, tx for hanging out with us last Tuesday night. We all had fun. Esther and I are trying to find out the contact info of an attendee by the name of "Fanis P". We really don't know what the last name is other than the fact that it starts with a "P". If you know this person, please contact me at . I'll buy you a coffee next time we meet:) Tx in advance.

    March 22 at 6:13 PM

  • Joe Apfelbaum
    Joe Apfelbaum

    Looking forward to a great event!

    March 16 at 2:16 PM

  • Andrew Wong
    Andrew Wong

    If you've got a question for which you want me to ask Esther, tweet your question to me @NYEBN. I'll try to include them when I can. We will also have audience Q&A in case you wanna ask it yourself.

    March 7 at 6:01 PM

100 attended

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  • Andrew Wong +25
    Founder - , Organizer
  • Domenic LoFaro
    Director of Public Relations - , Assistant Organizer
  • Miriam Kapla
    Managing Director of Events - , Assistant Organizer
  • Kajal Dadhania
    Event Coordinator - , Event Host
  • Esther Dyson
    Event Host
  • Wendy

    Many interesting stories. Great to hear directly from someone of Esther Dyson's caliber. The interview questions are a bit too basic at times though.

  • Scott Germaise

    Always insightful to hear Esther Dyson's perspective on things.

  • Keun Ok

    It was ok. I had a chance to meet few interesting people. Nice food, plenty of drinks.

  • Kathy Murray

    NYEBN has grown up. Venue/sound system/speaker/Q&A managed

  • Moshe Neuman

    Andrews events are always awesome , it was very educational for start ups to hear and meet Esther Dyson Good luck all Moshe

  • David Weiss

    Great Insight and Stories.

  • Stefanie Lightman
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  • Mike Lingle
    The Presentation Agency SVP, Sales and Strategy, Sales Graphics
  • Bart Jellema +1
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  • Ron Moss
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  • Tarik
  • Alex Melnik
  • Anthony Jones +1
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  • Simon Baier +1
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  • Mark Monchek
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  • Darshan Bachhawat
  • Kelsey Recht
  • Toufique
  • Senai Ahderom
  • Tim Snyder
  • Donovan Carberry
  • Alexander Jacobs
  • Jay Chowdhury
  • Namek Zu'bi
  • stanislav

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