Elizabeth Stark is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she holds a BA from Brown University in International Relations and a J.D. from Harvard University Law School. 

Stark is best known in the blockchain industry for her work with Lightning Labs, a company that is building a ‘second layer’ protocol which operates on top of the blockchain and aims to make transactions more efficient to enable scalability. Stark co-founded the company in 2016 with Olaoluwa Osuntokun. 

Stark is also a fellow at Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center that focuses on public policy issues surrounding cryptocurrency and decentralized technology. She is also an advisor at ‘sustainable’ blockchain startup Chia.

Stark was previously an instructor at Yale University, and a visiting fellow at its Information Society project. She was also an instructor at Stanford University. At Harvard, Stark was a board member of the student organization Freeculture.org and founded the Harvard Free Culture group. Both groups are tied to the Free Culture movement, which focuses on the free distribution of creative works. Additionally, while completing her J.D., Stark worked for Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.