Esther Dyson

By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2014
Two years ago, the Russian version of Voxiva's Text4baby text message service for new and expectant mothers, called SMSMame, launched nationwide. Now the program has released survey data from 751 users of the service interviewed either in person or via an online survey. About 1oo of the women surveyed were pregnant at the time, and the others had children under one year of age. Text4baby was...
By Brian Dolan December 10, 2013
Citing his experience at AOL, Co-Founder Steve Case told attendees at the mHealth Summit this week that entrepreneurs in new markets typically will experience three phases as a newer field like digital health matures: hype, hope, and happiness. Hype, of course, is one of the first phases when most everyone is excited about the potential, but "revolutions happen in an evolutionary" way, Case said...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC. This is the same workgroup...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2013
Basis Science, the San Francisco-based company that makes the Basis Band wristworn activity tracker and heart monitor, has raised $11.5 million in its second round of funding. The round, led by the Mayfield Fund, is the company's first public funding round since it raised $9 million in 2011, bringing the company's total funding to $20.5 million. Previous investors DCM and Norwest Venture Partners...
By Brian Dolan October 31, 2012
Moscow, Russia-based startup VitaPortal, which spun out of Moscow's Fastlane Ventures incubator last year, announced $2 million in its first round of funding. Prostor Capital led the round and noted angel investor Esther Dyson also contributed. When VitaPortal first launched last year it aspired to be a Russian version of WebMD that enabled people in Russia to quickly find reliable health...
By Brian Dolan December 7, 2011
This week at the mHealth Summit HealthTap announced that it closed $11.5 million in its first round of funding after its $2.5 million angel round this past March. The most recent round was led by Tim Chang of the Mayfield Fund, Rowan Chapman of Mohr Davidow Ventures and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt through his Innovation Endeavors fund. The startups plans to use the funds to grow its platform's...
By Chris Gullo December 1, 2011
HealthRally, a San Francisco-based startup that uses crowd-sourced financial incentives for fitness motivation, has raised $400,000 from prominent angel investors, according to a report at TechCrunch. Those investors include Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings as well as Richard Sass, Ty Danco, Isy Goldwasser, and Jeff Thiel. HealthRally combines financial incentives and social networking by...
By Brian Dolan March 30, 2011
Last week Silicon Valley-based start-up HealthTap announced it had secured $2.35 million in its first round of funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures and a group of angel investors including Esther Dyson, Mark Leslie, Aaron Patzer (founder and former CEO of Mint.com) and others. While HealthTap's offering is currently in private beta the startup plans to create an "expert health companion" that...