About this episode

This week we are featuring Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media. If her last name sounds familiar, it should. It’s also the last name of her little brother who had a startup about a book of faces or Facebook or something like that.

Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, best selling author, and Emmy-nominated tech media personality. She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, with the mission of supporting current and future entrepreneurs through investment, mentorship, and media.

Growing up she wanted to be a Broadway actress, yet while in college she had to pivot from that dream to pursue a career in advertising. But what I love about the stories of many of the founders this show highlights, is that we always find our way back to our passion, in one form or another.

Like every Startup Story founder, we need to go back to the early days to find out what life was like for Randi before Facebook LIVE, before two best-selling books, and before receiving two Tony awards. You’ll soon hear how her beginning wasn’t all that different from others who have come before her. This is Randi’ Zuckerberg's startup story.

In this episode, you’ll hear

  • About her childhood, being raised by doctors who had a true entrepreneur spirit, as well as some of the things she learned from them
  • Her aspirations of becoming an actress and how those dreams got crushed early on
  • Randi’s experience pursuing a Psychology degree at Harvard and how college was a place of soul-searching
  • What she did after graduating from college, including working at a top ad agency and being placed on the digital marketing team
  • The fact that you can be an entrepreneur even inside the biggest company on Earth
  • About creating her first ad campaign for the Special Olympics
  • The transition from working in an ad agency to working for Facebook and becoming the creator of Facebook LIVE
  • About the time she received a call from the producers of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and the start of her Broadway career
  • How her experiences have taught her that none of us have just one calling and there are so many chapters and phases of our lives, each with different callings
  • Her realization that her best skills were on the production side of the entertainment and Broadway industry; and how she began to apply those skills as an entrepreneur
  • The founding of Zuckerberg Media and Randi’s hopes and ambitions for her venture

“Anyone who has a platform must consider how they can use that platform for a greater good.”
—Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media

Resources from this episode

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Zuckerberg Media: https://www.zuckerbergmedia.com/
Michael Littig, Zuckerberg Institute: https://www.thestartupstory.co/zuckerberginstitute
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Special Guest: Randi Zuckerberg.

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January 14 2020
Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media
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