Elizabeth Stark

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Elizabeth Stark
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Occupation Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Employer Lightning Labs, Inc.
Location San Francisco, CA
Twitter @starkness
Website Lightning Labs Homepage

Elizabeth Stark is an American entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs, the company responsible for the development of the Lightning Network.[1]


Elizabeth Stark was formerly a researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She also previously taught as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX, as well as a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project.[2][3] She has taught courses on peer-to-peer technology, digital privacy, open-source software, and Internet memes.[4] She is currently a Fellow at the digital currency policy organisation Coin Center.[5]

In March 2018, the public beta Lightning Network was released. Stark said the beta would be available "first to advanced users and developers and then broader users."[6][7]


Elizabeth Stark holds a Joint Degree from Harvard.[8][9]