Randi Zuckerberg Talks the Importance of Startups

Randi Zuckerberg
Posted at 8:05 AM, Oct 15, 2015
and last updated 2017-05-30 10:52:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Author and social media entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg was part of the startup team for one of the biggest Internet companies in the world.

Now she’s coming to the Capital City for the Power Forward Speaker Series to share her experiences.

"It used to be the technology was just for geeks or just for people who knew a lot about computers," Zuckerberg told WTXL ABC 27 tech reporter Morgan Moore. "But now it's such a special part of our lives. We all have a technology lifestyle."

It's been 11 years since Facebook was born. It was the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, and for years, his sister Randi was part of the team that took it to the next level.

Randi left Facebook in 2011, but still says those early years shaped her view of the social media world today.

"Obviously being part of the culture and Silicon Valley... it was very eye-opening," she recalled.

Zuckerberg was part of Facebook’s marketing team for six years. That’s when the site transformed from a place for college students to connect to a truly global network, recently reaching one billion users in a single day.

But you don't have to head out west to create the next big thing in the tech world.

Zuckerberg says utilizing resources like local incubators can be a great resource in growing your business. And that's something the Tallahassee community is familiar with.

Domi Station was founded last year to give startup companies a place to work and support each other.

"When you're in a start up you're almost by definition under-resourced. So you wear a lot of different hats, you have to do a lot of things that you've never done before. You need help, you need guidance and you also need people might be going through that thing too. Kind of like little support networks," said Domi Station member William McCluskey.

It's those things that Zuckerberg learned while Facebook was in its infancy, that others are hoping to learn from and use to help turn their ideas into the next big thing.

"It's great to see people who can inspire you and can really get you excited make you stick in it for another month, another year. Someone like Randi... she has so much passion, and she's succeeded so many times over again, so it's just great to say hey if she can do it, maybe I can do it too," said McCluskey.

The Power Forward Series is brought to you by the First Commerce Credit Union along with the FSU College of Business. 

Click here for tickets.


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