CEO Randi Zuckerberg on Unplugging and Being a PayPal Fan
By: Cicely Wedgeworth
Randi Zuckerberg, author and a former executive at social network Facebook that has connected over a billion people, wants the world to disconnect a little bit.
“I really think tech shouldn’t overwhelm us or take us away from the people in our lives,” Zuckerberg told eBay Inc. employees this week at an event on campus. “It should enhance our lives.”
Zuckerberg, who is also the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, left the social network in 2011 to start her own company. Zuckerberg Media produces shows and digital content for a number of initiatives and businesses, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Bravo and Condé Nast.
Zuckerberg, whose new book “Dot Complicated” offers a guide to understanding technology and social media’s influence, talked about setting boundaries in the modern über-connected lifestyle and achieving a “tech-life balance.”
“Find a block of time on the weekend to take a digital Sabbath,” she advised. “Give your devices a rest, unplug, and over time, you start to train the people around you that you’re unreachable during that time…. Don’t answer emails after 11 o’clock at night, or on Saturday afternoon, things like that. And no tech in the bedroom if you can help it!”
Technology should improve people’s quality of life, and PayPal does that, said Zuckerberg.
“PayPal is a perfect example of how technology moves you through your life more easily and more seamlessly, so that you can get rid of the annoyance of waiting in line or flagging down waiters,” said Zuckerberg, who announced a strategic partnership with PayPal last year. “It gets you back to spending time with the people you love, and enjoying your life.”
She recalled going “totally nerd fangirl crazy” one time when she was in Austin, hungry and without a wallet, and ran across a doughnut truck that took PayPal.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is amazing!’ ”
In her wide-ranging talk at the PayPal campus, Zuckerberg also shared her favorite piece of career advice:
“If you don’t feel like you want to vomit from nerves at least once a day, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.”
Photo courtesy of eBay Inc.