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Nathan N. Eagle

Human Dynamics
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Nathan Eagle is an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor.  From 2009 to 2019, Eagle served as the CEO of Jana, raising nearly $100 million to build the company into the largest provider of free internet in emerging markets.  In 2017, Eagle became a Limited Partner in the Longevity Fund which invests in gene editing, small molecule therapeutics, and novel methods to treat disease.

Prior to starting Jana, Eagle served as a professor at MIT and Harvard University where he applied machine learning to massive behavioral datasets.  Eagle has authored several patents and over 100 peer reviewed publications in journals including Science and Nature, accumulating more than 10,000 citations.  Eagle’s book from MIT Press, Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, won the American Publishers PROSE Award.  Eagle also served as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Nairobi and a Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

A regular participant at Davos as a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum, Eagle was named one of the '50 people who will change the world' by Wired magazine.  He has been… View full description

Nathan Eagle is an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor.  From 2009 to 2019, Eagle served as the CEO of Jana, raising nearly $100 million to build the company into the largest provider of free internet in emerging markets.  In 2017, Eagle became a Limited Partner in the Longevity Fund which invests in gene editing, small molecule therapeutics, and novel methods to treat disease.

Prior to starting Jana, Eagle served as a professor at MIT and Harvard University where he applied machine learning to massive behavioral datasets.  Eagle has authored several patents and over 100 peer reviewed publications in journals including Science and Nature, accumulating more than 10,000 citations.  Eagle’s book from MIT Press, Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, won the American Publishers PROSE Award.  Eagle also served as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Nairobi and a Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

A regular participant at Davos as a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum, Eagle was named one of the '50 people who will change the world' by Wired magazine.  He has been elected to Advertising Age’s 40 under 40 and MIT’s TR35, a group of the world’s top innovators under 35.  In recognition of his work with the World Bank on mobile crowdsourcing, he was awarded the prestigious Kiel Global Economy Prize alongside Daniel Kahneman and the President's Medal by Market Research Society.  Eagle has been regularly featured in the popular press including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times, NPR, BBC, CNN, and The Atlantic.

Eagle holds a BS in mechanical engineering and two master’s degrees in management science and engineering and electrical engineering from Stanford University.  His PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory founded the field of 'Reality Mining' and was declared one of the '10 technologies most likely to change the way we live’ by the MIT Technology Review.