Santa Fe Institute

Interest Areas

  • Adaptive Radiation in Bacterial Colonies
  • Adaptive Social Systems
  • Advanced laser techniques; vibrational and time-resolved spectroscopies

Nathan Eagle

Omidyar Fellow

Founder and CEO, txteagle

Curriculum Vitae


Nathan Eagle is the co-founder and CEO of Jana, a mobile technology platform that connects emerging market consumers with global brands using mobile airtime.Through its integrations with 237 mobile operators, Jana can redirect a share of the billions of dollars spent on traditional advertising into the pockets of emerging market consumers and help brands build a direct relationship with their next billion customers via mobile. Global brands using Jana include: Microsoft, Google, Unilever, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Danone, and General Mills.

In addition to being CEO of Jana, Nathan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Harvard University. His research involves engineering computational tools, designed to explore how data generated about human movements, financial transactions, and communication patterns can be used for social good.

In 2014, Nathan was named to Advertising Age’s 40 under 40 list and in 2009, he was elected to MIT’s TR35, a group of the world’s top innovators under 35. He also currently serves on the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. In recognition of his work with the World Bank on mobile crowdsourcing, he was awarded the prestigious Kiel Global Economy Prize in 2012 alongside Daniel Kahneman and Martti Ahtisaari.

Nathan 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.’ Nathan’s book, "Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World,” will be published later this year by MIT Press.

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