Chris Hughes is a highly successful entrepreneur best known for co-founding Facebook. Having been involved in a number of different startups, entrepreneurial ventures, and directorial positions, Chris is a fantastic speaker for corporate audiences wanting to gain a greater insight into risk and reward, breaking the business mold and innovation in technology.
As a young student in his freshman year at Harvard University, Chris was studying history and literature when he was recruited in 2002 by Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg was developing what would become the number one social media site in the world and first of its kind, Facebook, and required Chris Hughes for beta testing and creative aspects of the site. Involved in designing and inventing key elements of Facebook, Chris was responsible for some of the best-loved aspects of the global site. Chris left his role at Facebook officially back in 2012 after deciding he wanted to follow separate business opportunities. Since leaving Facebook, Chris Hughes has been heavily involved in politics. Most notably joining Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007, Chris was announced as the Director of Online Organising. Bringing his online expertise to the role, he stayed in the position for the duration of the campaign, which saw Obama become the president of the US.
As an eager young entrepreneur, Chris founded Juno, a non for profit social network that helps people to help others. Additionally, with his money released from Facebook, he purchased a majority stake in The New Republic Magazine with the ambition to make the decades-old publication a success in a digital era. But in 2016, just four years after his investment, Chris admitted it had been a harder undertaking than initially appeared, and sold the company. What was a pivotal moment in his career, as a keynote speaker Chris discusses how he overcame the obstacle of failure and used it to motivate him. He has become a highly successful keynote and after dinner speaker, covering a range of business-relevant topics including: having courage in your decisions, risk and reward and being innovative in today’s fast paced digital world.