Randi Zuckerberg talks to NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai about her brother, her time at Facebook, and how to untangle your wired life.
When Randi Zuckerberg meets you for the first time she greets you with a wide grin and firm handshake. She is completely at ease with who she is, even though she may be best known as Mark Zuckerberg's big sister. After leaving Facebook two years ago, she launched a media company and has now written two books, one for adults and one for kids, both aimed at preventing your life from becoming what she calls dot complicated.
Critics of Zuckerberg's adult book, "Dot Complicated: Untangling Your Wired Life," have said she's telling people to get off Facebook, but she insists that's not true. "Facebook is a huge part of my life. I think it's an incredible tool to connect via family, friends all over the world. It's amazing," Zuckerberg said. "What I am a proponent of though is using tech meaningfully and thoughtfully. I think tech provides great opportunity when we use it thoughtfully, but it can also veer us a little far off the end if we just use it as a habit."
While at Facebook, the 31-year old managed huge marketing projects, including a town hall meeting with President Obama. It was immediately after that event Zuckerberg dropped a bombshell on her brother. "I just sort of blurted it out that I thought I was ready to leave," Zuckerberg said. "It's just one of those moments where you say something and you're like 'Oh words go back in, go back in!' It had clearly been in my mind for a long time in my heart. I'm so grateful to have the experience that I had at Facebook. I'm so grateful for my brother for including me on this amazing journey, but it was also really important to me to make a name for myself too. That's something you'll read in the book is a lot of my own struggles with loving Facebook, but not wanting to always be Mark Zuckerberg's sister." You'll also read a lot about how to navigate through this modern online world.
The two books were released this week.