Lauren Wagner is a Principal at Link Ventures investing in early stage technology startups. She has over ten years of operating experience at startups, Google, and Meta where she built products that address complex societal issues. Before joining Link, she led product strategy and go-to-market for Meta’s privacy-protected APIs and data sets, which equip researchers to study the company’s impact on society - specifically social media’s effects on elections, democracy, and user well-being. Lauren was also the head of product marketing for teams combating misinformation in the lead up to the US 2020 election, including fact-checking, crowdsourced content moderation, and data transparency. Previously, she worked at Google, building developer ecosystems around conversational AI and launching the Google Assistant internationally.
The throughline in Lauren’s career has been leveraging media and technology to shift human behavior. This includes launching new digital products and a startup accelerator in emerging markets for Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telcos, spearheading product strategy at Truveris, a digital health startup that lowers the costs of prescription medications, and consulting to transformational companies like Teladoc, Guardant Health, Elance, and Kabbage, among others.
Lauren holds a Master’s in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford, and a Master’s in Health Management and Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Her peer-reviewed research and writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Venturebeat, Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, and Computers in Human Behavior. She has been an invited speaker at Twitter, SXSW, IndieBio, Ernst & Young, Social Media Week, Singularity University, FutureMed, IAC, the British Computing Society's Human Computer Interaction Conference, the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and others.