Sunday 20 May 2018

Randi Zuckerberg - 'I loved being part of Facebook but I hated being the only woman in the room for 10 years'

  • Former Director of Market Development at Facebook was speaking at Pendulum Summit in Dublin
  • Quit social media giant after success of Facebook Live, which was her idea
  • “I had a complicated relationship with the fact that some of the tools we created were used very differently to how we had wanted them to be created”
Randi Zuckerberg speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin
Randi Zuckerberg speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2018 at the Convention Centre in Dublin
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

The former Director of Market Development for Facebook has spoken at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin about the positives and negatives of the tech industry.

Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media, and a former spokesperson for Facebook, also told today’s audience at the Pendulum Summit that “you can’t create an idea if you are on your phone 24/7”.

“You would be amazed with what you can do if you even put your phone down for one hour.”

This might seem strange from the woman who came up with the idea of Facebook Live, but in an interesting and informative talk, Randi spoke of the positives and negatives of technology.

After the success of Facebook Live she quit the social media giant.

“It’s complicated, I loved being part of a tech company but I hated being the only woman in the room for ten years.

“I had a complicated relationship with the fact that some of the tools we created were used very differently to how we had wanted them to be created”.

“I woke up one morning during the Arab Spring and thought ‘wow we gave a voice to everyone’ [and it was great]. But then I woke up the morning after the last US Presidential election and thought ‘wow gave a voice to everyone’.”

In addition Randi, who now lives in New York, told a packed Convention Centre that in Silicon Valley you live in a tech bubble.

“In Silicon Valley it’s a one industry town, even my dentist would pitch me apps he was creating when I was on the chair. And when I left I thought, maybe not everyone wants to be disputed by technology all the time.

“I’m a lover of technology, an early adopter, but I also like to take a balanced approach. After Facebook I wrote Dot Complicated, and Dot about a young girl who is involved in tech and science, which is set to become a TV show.”

Zuckerberg then treated the audience to some of the more unusual apps that are out there including Zombie Run and Gym Shamer – an app that texts your friends when you don’t go to the gym.

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