Randi Jayne Zuckerberg (born February 28, 1982) is an American businesswoman. She is the former Director of Market Development and spokesperson for Facebook, and a sister of the company's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Prior to working at Facebook, she was a panelist on Forbes on Fox. As of May 2014, she is founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor-in-chief (EIC) of Dot Complicated, a digital lifestyle website, and creator of Dot., an animated television show about a young girl (the eponymous Dot) who uses technology to enhance both her educational experiences and recreational activities, which airs on Sprout.
Zuckerberg in January 2012
|Born||Randi Jayne Zuckerberg
February 28, 1982
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Other names||Randi Jayne|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (2003)|
|Occupation||Former Director of Market Development and Spokeswoman for Facebook|
|Home town||Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.|
|Children||Asher and Simi Tworetzky|
|Relatives||Mark Zuckerberg (brother)|
After graduating from Harvard, Randi Zuckerberg worked for two years in marketing for advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather. She has stated in articles and interviews that to her it was a dream job in which she enjoyed the work and was on a good track for professional advancement.
In late 2004, Randi's brother Mark asked her to join him at his startup Facebook, which he said was understaffed with people willing to travel and who could explain his vision. Randi took a position that required relocation and a cut in pay but with stock options. She has stated that she initially thought this was a temporary position that might last six months. Once she was in Silicon Valley and part of the innovation-driven community, she became fascinated with the possibilities and remained for ten years.
Ranked among 50 "Digital Power Players" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2010, Zuckerberg organized, and was also a correspondent for the ABC News/Facebook Democratic Party and Republican Party U.S. Presidential primaries debates in 2008. She also fulfilled a correspondent role at the CNN/Facebook Inauguration Day Partnership in 2009, the Comcast Facebook Diaries event, and the 2008 Facebook Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Conventions.
Adopting a politically neutral stance, Zuckerberg told the Wall Street Journal that her Facebook journalist team was treated at the DNC "like rock stars". On the evening of November 2, 2010, Zuckerberg worked at a "town hall" assembled by ABC News as part of its television coverage of the U.S. national midterm elections. The seven-hour event was webcast in its entirety, on both Facebook and the ABC website.
In August 2011, Zuckerberg resigned from Facebook and announced her new social media firm, named "Zuckerberg Media". Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital content for BeachMint, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, Condé Nast and Bravo.
Zuckerberg is the author of Spark Your Career in Advertising. In September 2013, she released her first books with HarperCollins, an adult non-fiction book titled Dot Complicated and a children’s picture book called Dot.
In 2011 Zuckerberg advocated for the abolition of anonymity on the Internet to protect children and young adults from cyber-bullying. Zuckerberg explained how anonymity is protective for perpetrators.
Zuckerberg and her husband Brent Tworetzky have two sons, Asher and Simi. The family resides in New York City.
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