Co-Founder of Facebook and the Economic Security Project
Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network of policymakers, academics, and technologists working to end poverty and rebuild the middle class through a guaranteed income. He is the author of Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn, to be published by St Martin’s Press in February. The son of a public school teacher and traveling salesman, Hughes grew up in a small town in North Carolina and got a scholarship to go to Harvard. Read More >
The New Business Model: Monetizing the Brand
My Biggest Challenge
On Generational Social Media Gaps And Privacy
The Future of Journalism
On Marriage Equality
The Transformative Power of the Web
Connecting in the Digital Age
Filmed at APB: Full Q & A / Meeting Highlights
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.
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 is in the process of transforming 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.
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.
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.
"It was PERFECT! People are still talking about Chris, especially our VIPs and the breakfast. HOME RUN!! OUT THE BALL PARK! Thank you for all your help!"
"We absolutely LOVED Chris. He was SO easy to work with—great behind the scenes with our sponsors, etc (we did a meet and greet) and he brought the room to life as soon as he came to the stage. Funny, brilliant, relevant… this guy is so smart and yet everyone could relate to his story. You can’t go wrong with him, especially if you are talking technology. Chris was one of my all time favorites to date."
"Chris Hughes' presentation was the perfect start to our Speaker Series. How to harness the power of social media, including Facebook, is an important topic for our members as they try to leverage this new form of communication, not only as a business tool, but in their everyday lives."
"This is a particularly important event for us and our region because Chris Hughes is one of the world's most creative and innovative business people. As a leading technology bank, we have immense respect for a service that has quickly attracted over 300 million users. Chris Hughes personifies what technology is truly about."
"Chris was absolutely amazing. His talk was enlightening and he was more than a pleasure to be around. Chris was extremely accommodating to our members' photo requests. Our board members, membership and tech community were honored to have him. And I, was honored to host him. He is truly impressive."