When it comes to angel investing, Esther Dyson says that getting excited is key. Dyson is on the cutting edge of angel investing, with a focus on tech and software investments. Potential investments will often stand out to her if they’re new, interesting and useful. Some of her most successful investments include Google, which was at a mere 12 cents per share when she invested, and Flickr, which is now a part of Yahoo. However, she later switched to investments in healthcare, a topic that is very important to her. She serves on the board of 23andMe, HealthTech, HealthEngage, and others.
Dyson admits with a fair amount of reservation that “not everyone should be an entrepreneur.” However, she looks forward with optimism to the future of startups. In the following video, Dyson discusses the changes that she has observed in the startup market, the good and bad traits of CEO’s and potential entrepreneurs, and her expectations for returns on investments. In all of her transactions, she looks primarily for intelligence, honesty and humility.
Watch to learn more about Esther Dyson’s experiences, angel investments, and special words of wisdom in this edition “Startup Elements” presented by Rock Health.