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UK: BOOKS - NEW GURU GUIDE - ESTHER DYSON. - Who is she?

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Who is she?

Internet pioneer, venture capitalist, adviser to Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and governments around the world, Dyson, 47, is chairman of EDventure Holdings, an information technology and new media group. This summer she joined the board of Martin Sorrell's WPP Group.

How did she get here?

After Harvard (BA in economics, 1972), she started out as a reporter for Forbes magazine, spent the next five years as a securities analyst and in 1982 founded EDventure Holdings. The firm focuses on emerging IT worldwide, and on the growing computer markets of central and eastern Europe. New York-based Dyson speaks fluent Russian, lectures worldwide, and is a prolific writer.

What she's written

Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age. Published in 19 languages.

What they say about her

Fortune magazine named Dyson as as one of the 50 most powerful women in US business, and as one of the most influential figures in Russia's computer industry.

Soundbite

'The internet changes the balance of power between the consumer and vendor. People can talk back at you, and to each other, about your products. No amount of public relations can drown that out.'

What's next?

Watch out for a savvy new use of the web by WPP.

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