NYC – What’s a Nice Tech Investor Doing in Muskegon, Michigan?

Date: July 12, 2018

Time: 6.30 PM EDT

Speaker: Esther Dyson, Entrepreneur and Business Leader

What does a day trader in the world of finance have in common with an emergency room technician in a hospital? Both are using all their talents to achieve short-term results with little to no long-term impact. Both are fixated on solving an immediate need with little focus on how to fix the system for the future. Dyson is trying to help get us out of that trap for the good of all parties – finance, healthcare, the tech world and society at large. Her Wellville nonprofit startup is attempting to simulate collective investment in a range of public health and wellness institutions (as opposed to short -term projects)  that will bear healthy fruit over time.

What’s a nice tech investor like Esther Dyson doing in Muskegon, Michigan? Dyson was an early tech guru, impresario of the highly influential conference PC Forum and newsletter Release 1.0, friendly with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. She was a shrewd angel investor and board member of visionary startups, and a pioneer involved in new ventures in the post-Communist developing world. Yet now she’s regularly flying from her base in Manhattan into a handful of small communities in America’s heartland, trying to spread the same message of long-term thinking and learning through trial and error that pervades Silicon Valley (but without the frivolity). The problems she’s addressing have a lot to do with time. At July’s What’s Now: New York event, presented in partnership with Capgemini at their Applied Innovation Exchange, Dyson will lead a conversation about how we need to rethink private and public behavior by shifting from short-term to longer-term horizons.

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