Nathan Eagle is the CEO and co-founder of Jana, a mobile advertising platform that enables free apps to be truly free in emerging markets. Through Jana's "mCent" app, Jana's members discover and try a world of new apps without incurring any data charges. Free Internet connectivity is made possible through partnerships with 237 mobile operators. Jana has over 25 million mCent members and hundreds of clients, including Twitter, Amazon, Google, and Tencent, who have benefited from 1.5 billion megabytes of app usage driven by Jana's platform.
In addition to being CEO of Jana, Eagle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Harvard University. His research involves engineering computational tools, designed to explore how the petabytes of data generated about human movements, financial transactions, and communication patterns can be used for social good.
In 2012, Wired named Eagle one of the '50 people who will change the world' and the Market Research Society awarded him the President's Medal. Eagle has been elected to MIT's TR35, a group of the world's top innovators under 35, and currently serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Data Driven Development. In recognition of his work with the World Bank on mobile crowdsourcing, Eagle was awarded the prestigious Kiel Global Economy Prize alongside Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman and Martti Ahtisaari.
Eagle holds a BS and two MS degrees from Stanford's School of Engineering; 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. His academic work has been published in venues including Science and PNAS; and Eagle has been regularly featured in the popular press including the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, and CNN.