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Chris Hughes

Co-Founder of Facebook & Former Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic


Chris Hughes is one of the preeminent forces of the digital era and the Millennial generation that helped shape it. As a co-founder of Facebook and the former publisher of The New Republic, he is a major technological and entrepreneurial force who helped shape "disruption" into one of the defining features of economic and social life today.

A digital savant and global thought leader whose business happens to be people, Hughes speaks with experience on a variety of topics, including leadership, innovation, organization, entrepreneurship, globalism and the future of technology as it pertains to business, education, mass media, health care and points beyond.

Hughes co-founded Facebook in his college dorm room with Mark Zuckerberg and several others, playing a key role in expanding the network beyond Harvard to other universities and then the entire world. He left Facebook in 2007 to work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, employing his expertise on the groundbreaking social network



The Millennial Explosion: How the Largest Generation Will Shape Our Collective Future

Millennials — those born between the years 1977 and 2000 — comprise 80 million people in the U.S., or 25 percent of the population. They are said to represent $1 trillion in buying power and exert considerable influence over previous generations. They are early adopters of technology and operate seamlessly across platforms, whether on line or in real life. As a co-founder of Facebook, and a Millennial himself, Chris watched this generation ignite and evolve. Find out how the largest generation in history is already shaping our future.

The Digital Evolution of Media & Politics: Changing the Way We Live, Communicate, Work & Interact

Following his success as a co-founder of Facebook, Chris left the game-changing social network to create another one, as part of Barack Obama's historical presidential campaign. Then he bought The New Republic, which he transformed into a major media company for the digital age. Discussing the disruptive tactics he has employed in all of these endeavors, Chris reveals how media and politics are at the forefront of digital life — and how we can use them to change our lives for the better.

Silicon Valley Contagion: How the Practices & Principles of Entrepreneurship are Changing Business, Government & Society

Having had firm footholds in Silicon Valley, the electoral system and journalism, Chris is well-versed in the new codes of entrepreneurship that are shaping politics, digital media and everyday life. Find out how the Silicon Valley way of doing business has infiltrated every sector of life and work — and how an entrepreneurial ethos can help your own business stay ahead of the curve.

The Changing Nature of the University & the Future of Education: Staying Ahead of the Learning Curve

Technology has transformed many facets of the education system — most impressively at the University level, where the disruptive force of digital media has made higher learning accessible to more people than ever before. Examining game-changing innovations like distance learning and social media, Chris reveals how the average citizen or the seasoned student can gain a competitive advantage through the new ways we learn now.

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