Chris Hughes: Something meaningful together

Communities / Article

At the age of 25, Chris Hughes has helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history: Facebook and the campaign that helped elect Barack Obama. He’s dedicated to the proposition that communities, and the way we share and interact within them, are vitally important.

His definition of the overused work ‘community: the bond that enables us to do something meaningful together. Commonality.

A tech star whose business is people, Chris co-founded Facebook with Harvard dormmates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskowitz, He left the company to help build the brand of another breakout star: that Obama fellow.

Chris plows what he observes about human behavior into online systems that ‘help people do what they want to do in their real lives.’ Now he’s into Jumo, a platform ‘ or ‘work in progress,’ as he says — for stories about doing good work. It connects individuals and organizations to issues and projects they care about.

On news: ‘we have a lot of work to do.’

Chris just looks like the precocious son to whom you just gave the keys to the car. He knows how to drive. Fast. At just 25-years-old, his net worth has been estimated to be between $500 million and $1.5 billion.

A post from the 2011 Media Learning Seminar. At Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar, community and place-based foundation leaders meet with journalism and technology experts to explore the topic of community information needs. Follow the event on Twitter at #infoneeds and @knightfdn.