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Chris  Hughes

Chris Hughes

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 >

In 2004 while there, he co-founded Facebook with his roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. He led communications and feature development in Facebook’s early years and played a role in the development of the early News Feed and sharing functionality that continue to power Facebook today. In 2007, Hughes joined Barack Obama’s digital organizing campaign for President and managed the campaign’s social network and army of digital volunteers. He owned and led The New Republic magazine from 2012 to 2016. After Facebook’s IPO, he and his husband committed to giving away their wealth in their lifetimes, and today he focuses on growing the movement to combat income inequality through a guaranteed income. He lives in New York’s Greenwich Village with his family. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The New Business Model: Monetizing the Brand

On Philanthropy

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

Jumo Conference

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Speech Topics

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 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.

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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