Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. She is also a Fellow at digital currency policy organisation Coin Center.


Elizabeth Stark co-founded Lightning Labs with software developer Olaoluwa Osuntokun in 2016. Stark is the CEO of the company, which is a major contributor to the development of Lightning, a decentralised network for scalable, instant transactions using smart contract functionality in the blockchain.

Alongside her work as CEO of Lightning Labs, Stark is a Fellow at digital currency policy organisation Coin Center. She was previously an advisor at Comma.ai, a startup building autonomous driving technology, and has advised numerous other decentralized technology and blockchain startups. She was the founder of StartBitcoin.org, a group of entrepreneurs focused on the future of digital currencies and decentralized technology.

Focused on technology policy issues for much of her career, Stark was involved in the internet freedom effort that defeated proposed U.S. Congress laws the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

Stark previously taught at Stanford and Yale University about the future of the internet, and was a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. She was was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX.

Stark holds a Joint Degree from Harvard and was a researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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