Sinan Aral

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Sinan Aral is a scientist, entrepreneur and investor. He is the David Austin Professor of Management at MIT, where he is a Professor of IT & Marketing, Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and where he co-leads MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He was the Chief Scientist at SocialAmp, one of the first social commerce analytics companies (until its sale to Merkle in 2012) and at Humin, a social platform that the Wall Street Journal called the first “Social Operating System” (until its sale to Tinder in 2016). He is currently a general partner at Manifest Capital and on the Advisory Board of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science in London. Sinan’s research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award and a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2014, he was named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40.” Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his PhD from MIT. He enjoys cooking, skiing and telling jokes about his own cooking and skiing. His most recent hobby is learning from his three-year-old son. You can find him on Twitter @sinanaral.
  • Fellow 2010 Science Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
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PopTech Editions I: James Fowler, Sinan Aral, and Gary Slutkin speak social contagion

Recently, PopTech announced a new initiative called Editions, which explores an emerging theme at the edge of change from the perspective of some of the remarkable innovators shaping it. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting individual pieces from our first Edition, Person-to-person: Social contagion for social good. Today, we’re highlighting videos from past PopTech presenters relevant to the theme, which we included in Edition I.Read more »

Announcing PopTech Editions: Social Contagion for Social Good

Announcing PopTech Editions: Social Contagion for Social Good

We’re excited to introduce PopTech Editions, a feature that explores an emerging theme at the edge of change from the perspective of some of the remarkable innovators shaping it. From tracking behaviors within social networks to exploring the service-oriented nature of social innovation to getting a handle on the unanticipated outcomes of climate change, Editions serve as a guide

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This week in PopTech: Night lights, cool covers and mobilizing secrets

This week in PopTech: Night lights, cool covers and mobilizing secrets

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

In his latest project, 2010 PopTech speaker Colin Rich sought to capture the electric radiance of Los Angeles at night. If you ask us, he totally succeeded

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This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

The Harvard Business Review profiles 2010 Science Fellow Sinan Aral‘s latest research on “Viral Product Design.” Sinan’s work proves that you can engineer Read more »

Share the wealth and spread the word with Elizabeth Dunn and Sinan Aral

Happiness and money do go hand-in-hand, explained Elizabeth Dunn during her PopTech 2010 talk. But, it’s not the simple more-money, more-happiness equation that we might assume. In fact, during studies Dunn and her team conducted, it became apparent that there was a threshold at which point greater wealth led to a decreased ability to savor.

In addition, they found

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2010 PopTech Fellows: Ben Lyon & Sinan Aral

The 2010 PopTech Fellows have been in Camden all week getting training from PopTech Faculty, networking and learning from and about each other. To introduce the Class of 2010 Fellows and the good work they are all doing, Andrew Zolli ran a short video produced by Beth Cohen of PopTech.

Meet the PopTech Social Innovators class of 2010!

First of the SI Fellows to actually

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