Mark Zuckerberg’s sister in EXTRAORDINARY ATTACK on Facebook
Randi Zuckerberg worked at Facebook for 12 years before quitting in protest at the company’s failure to increase the number of women working in the technology sector. Ms Zuckerberg was hired by her billionaire brother in 2004 when the social media network had just 50 employees. However, in 2011 she decided to quit her job.
Speaking to CNN, she said: “I hated being the only woman in almost every room that I was in for 10 straight years.
“And I always thought, you know, gosh, I want to be part of the solution, not continue to be part of the problem.
“So I think maybe I need to step outside of Silicon Valley and really understand where we’re losing women and where we’re losing girls in this funnel.”
In an attack on Facebook’s management, Ms Zuckerberg said little has changed since she quit her job at her younger brother’s firm seven years ago.
She said: “One of the things that I did realise is that I desperately wanted to see a world where there was more representation from women in the room.
“And I can’t understand why, after 15 years, it’s changed so little.”
After leaving the social media company, Ms Zuckerberg went about setting up her own company which she said would be run in her own way.
She said: “It’s his company.
“At some point I really wanted to create something for myself.”
Providing a bleak picture of the work environment for women in the tech sector, Ms Zuckerberg said more women were likely to succeed if they had a uni-sex name.
She said: “My best advice for young women in tech is to have a man’s name like Randi because I can’t even tell you how many meetings I got in those early days of Facebook because people thought that they were meeting a dude.
“And I just feel like it is my life mission to use the luck that I had and hold the door open for other women.”
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in February 2004 while he was still at Harvard University.
Initially the online platform was only for those studying at the elite US institution however, by 2006 it could be used by anyone in the world with an email address.
Facebook became a publicly-listed company in May 2012 and broke the record for the initial valuation of a newly-listed firm with an offering of $104 billion (£79.1 billion) at the time.