What was Mark Zuckerberg’s sister doing in Houston?

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Originally published in the Houston Chronicle

By Sergio Chapa

Randi Zuckerberg, the older sister of Facebook founder of Mark Zuckerberg, isn’t shy about ribbing her little brother.

Delivering the keynote address at Pink Petro’s Her World Conference at Houston’s City Center on Friday morning, Randi Zuckerberg was quick to address the proverbial “elephant in the room.”

“A lot of you are thinking, oh we know somebody else with the last name Zuckerberg,” Zuckerberg said amid laughter and applause.

Randi Zuckerberg covered a range of topics from her years working at Facebook to her new book about striking a work-life balance. Photo: Gary Fountain / Houston Chronicle

“Maybe some of you are feeling disappointed right now but I’m assure you that you’re not getting sloppy seconds this morning.”

Her little brother dropped out of Harvard University to found what has become the largest social media company in the world. Trading around $168 per share, Facebook has an estimated stock market value of nearly $480 billion.

“I graduated from Harvard University. I know that’s a super obnoxious way to begin a conversation but the other Zuckerberg didn’t graduate from Harvard.”

At the request of her little brother, Randi Zuckerberg gave up a budding advertising career and began working as an executive at Facebook in September 2005. During her six years there, she invented Facebook Live — a popular feature that allows users to stream live video to their friends and followers.

“Every single one of us has an entrepreneur inside of us whether we’re at a big company or whether we’re doing our own thing,” Zuckerberg said. “When we give ourselves that freedom to really think big, take risks, be innovative and free ourselves from the fear of failure, we are all sitting on that $2 billion idea. I truly believe it.”

Randi Zuckerberg left Facebook in September 2011 t to launch a company of her own, Zuckerberg Media. She has since branched out into radio, television, books and starting a family of her own.

Speaking at the conference to promote her fourth book “Pick 3,” Zuckerberg detailed a her own personal philosophy of creating a work-life balance.

“Work, sleep, family, friends and fitness — pick three.”

“You don’t get to pick all five those things at any one time in your life and expect to be great at all five. The three that you’re focusing on can shift over time.”

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Houston, Pink Petro is a social media network for women in the energy sector.