Director - Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab
Neha Narula is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Her current research interests are in cryptocurrencies and distributed systems. She has designed and taught three courses at MIT on cryptocurrencies and blockchains, and is a lecturer at Sloan.
In 2018, Neha was named to WIRED’s list of 25 leaders shaping the next 25 years of technology and to Fortune’s Ledger 40 under 40 list. Neha has given a TED talk on the future of money with over two million views and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Council. In a previous life, she helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and from 2003 to 2009 was a software engineer at Google. There, she was on the team that initially designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and she worked on Froogle, a shopping website, and Native Client, a way to run native code securely through a browser. She received her PhD in computer science from MIT in 2015, where she worked on concurrency control for scalable databases, distributed systems and web security, and she graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in mathematics and computer science. She and her work have appeared in TechCrunch, Blackhat, WIRED, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, Amanpour and Company, and 60 minutes.