Chris Hughes: The Web’s Boy Wonder

Editors Note: Each week, one or more students preview guest speakers for the class that follows. Since we are not meeting as a class this coming Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday, two students this week are posting the speakers they WISH were coming to class this week. Ya know, if we were actually meeting. – Clint

Our third imaginary speaker this week is Chris Hughes. Many people may quickly recognize Chris Hughes as a co-founder of the Ivy-League-Network-turned-Social-Phenomenon Facebook. More recently, however, Hughes has proven that social media can be a very powerful tool for social change.

In the early years of Facebook, Hughes acted as the site spokesperson from his dorm room with Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, and later moved to Palo Alto work on the product team. Hughes was the coordinator of online organizing for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign on, the campaign’s online social networking website. His success with spawned some high-profile media coverage, including a cover story in the April 2009 Fast Company magazine and a July 2008 “New York Times” article.

In March, 2009 Hughes was named Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, venture-capital firm.

He is the Executive Director of Jumo, which he founded in 2010. Jumo (a Yoruba word meaning “together in concert”), is a non-profit social network organization which aims to help people find ways to help the world. In July 2010, UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) appointed him to a 17-member “High Level Commission” of renowned politicians, business leaders, human rights activists, football and scientists tasked with spearheading a “social and political action campaign over the coming year aimed at galvanizing support for effective HIV prevention programmes”.

Hughes holds a bachelors degree in history and literature from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

If Chris Hughes came and spoke to our class, I’d imagine it would go something like this interview with


One Comment on “Chris Hughes: The Web’s Boy Wonder”

  1. kabirshukla says:

    I liked the layout of the Jumo website. Simple but very clean and presentable. The one thing I don’t like about Jumo is that you HAVE to register through Facebook Connect. It makes sense as to why, but it removes a large potential user-base.

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