Randi Zuckerberg on Her Own: Appreciates Karaoke and Awesomeness

More than a dozen friends gathered by Ms. Zuckerberg, the older sister of Mark Zuckerberg, a founder of Facebook, were crowding a private room at the Midtown karaoke club Japas 38.

Ms. Zuckerberg, who lives in a rented residence in Palo Alto, Calif., has ambitions over the Internet. “I wish a speak show,” she pronounced dual days progressing over drinks during a Mercer Hotel. She also wants to sing on Broadway. Photo: Rsepulveda/Flickr

“Who wants a tequila shot?” Randi Zuckerberg shouted over the thump of “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears’s breakup anthem. “Yay!” cheered the crowd as their host hoisted a carafe of tequila in the air and circled the tables, pouring shots.

The air smelled of stale beer and soy sauce. After salt was licked, plastic cups drained and limes squeezed, she grabbed a microphone and belted out a rousing version of “I Will Survive.”

Back in August, Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s 29-year-old sister, quit her job as Facebook’s marketing director to “build a company focused on the exciting trends underway in the media industry.

Now Ms. Zuckerberg has started her possess business, R to Z Media, to assistance companies take advantage of amicable media. “This is the launch party of Randi Zuckerberg!” she said at the club, beaming.

Ms. Zuckerberg, who lives in a rented house in Palo Alto,Calif., has ambitions beyond the Internet. “I want a talk show,” she said two days earlier over drinks at the Mercer Hotel.

She also wants to sing on Broadway. And she is interested in philanthropy: while in New York, she conducted live online interviews with participants of the Clinton Global Initiative and worked the red carpet at a United Nations gala.

Three weeks after the karaoke night, she spoke at a conference sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange. She then traveled to Warsaw to talk to 2,000 telecom and media executives about social media. And the estate of Michael Jackson hired her to be the host of an online show on the pop star’s Facebook page.

As she put it, “I am going to appreciate every last moment of awesomeness I can get. Every article written about me now refers to me as Randi Zuckerberg, Mark’s sister,” she said. “Maybe one day that won’t be what people say about me.”

Older women who are mentors, Ms. Zuckerberg said, have warned her that she contingency tinge down her decorated persona, though she refuses to take heed. “This is a new universe we live in, and it should be probable for a lady to be taken severely and still do what she loves,” she said.

Randy Zuckerberg was born in 1982 and grew adult in Dobbs Ferry,N.Y., a Hudson Valley city about 40mins from Manhattan. She is comparison than Mark by dual years and has dual younger sisters. Early on, her relatives sealed her adult for piano lessons, though she longed to sing.

She enrolled during Harvard in 1999 and complicated psychology after being incited down by a song department, she said, since her piano skills were lacking. She continued to sing, regulating a theatre name Randi Jayne.

In 2005, Mark, who by then had moved to Palo Alto and had received $12.7 million in financing for Facebook, recruited her. “He actually called up my mom and said, ‘I’m concerned Randi is in a dead-end career,’” Ms. Zuckerberg said. “He finally said: ‘Randi, come out to the office. I think you’ll like it.’”

She said Mr. Zuckerberg bought her a plane ticket; while visiting the company, she was asked to weigh in on the design of Facebook’s logo. [via The New York Times, Seulax and NY Mag]

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