Tech for the Safety Net: A Conversation with Rey Faustino and Nicolas Colin


New America CA, One Degree and The Family invite you to "Tech for the Safety Net: A Conversation with Rey Faustino and Nicolas Colin."

The economic shifts brought by technology and automation are putting new strains on the social safety net. But done right, technology can also help the safety net -- and all who rely on it -- thrive. Join us for a conversation between Nicolas Colin, author of the new book Hedge, and 2018 New America CA Fellow Rey Faustino. Moderated by New America CA Director Autumn McDonald, our discussion will explore the connections between the tech sector and anti-poverty work, including innovative ways to address poverty amidst the new pressures of a tech-driven economy.

Grab your lunch and come join us for this stimulating conversation. Please RSVP to Rachel Alexander at

Nicolas Colin is a Co-founder and Director of The Family, a pan-European investment firm supporting early-stage entrepreneurs, now with a portfolio of 200+ fast-growing startups. He has authored several works on technology and institutions, including his latest book Hedge: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age (2018). His articles regularly appear in both English and French publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, Politico EU, and Forbes. Nicolas sits on the board of Radio France, the French national radio broadcasting corporation, and has previously served as a member of the board of the French personal data protection authority (CNIL). He began his career in the French civil service. He was born in Normandy, France, and now lives in London with his wife and their two children.

Rey Faustino launched One Degree to ensure that all families have access to services they need to overcome poverty. Rey began his career as a teacher and later was the site director at BUILD, a college access nonprofit organization that propels low-income youth to attain a college education. Rey received his B.S. in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator, a New America CA Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an Education Pioneers Fellow. Rey was nominated for the inaugural Visionary of the Year Award by the San Francisco Chronicle.