Five Questions with Nathan Eagle, Jana
Christopher Mims, Quartz (Moderator)
Nathan Eagle is the Co-founder and CEO of Jana. As one of the foremost experts on mobile phones in emerging markets, Dr. Eagle brings many years of experience to his position leading Jana. Dr. Eagle graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in management science and engineering, and a master’s in electrical engineering. His Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory on Reality Mining was declared one of the “10 technologies most likely to change the way we live” by the MIT Technology Review.
Christopher Mims is the science and technology correspondent for Quartz. He believes that the most interesting things about the universe have yet to be discovered, and that technology is the primary driver of cultural change. He is often surprised and delighted by what people will say on record.
He is a former editor at Seed, Scientific American, Technology Review, Grist and Smithsonian, and in those roles launched blogs, redesigns, video series and other half-forgotten but otherwise influential experiments in new media.
As a freelancer with the news metabolism of a hummingbird, he spent a decade writing news and analysis for the aforementioned, as well as BBC, Wired, Nature and the like. His Japanese is mostly regional slang, and sounds funny to people from Tokyo. He had a brief but varied stint in a neuroscience lab, during which he came to appreciate that research is hard, and all results are preliminary until other scientists have reproduced them -- and sometimes not even then.