This week’s guest on the Parenting Bytes podcast (you can listen further down on this post) was Randi Zuckerberg. Yes, that Randi Zuckerberg. Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media. Sister of Mark and former head of Market Development at Facebook. Creator of the book and TV series Dot. And the person behind of one of the most troubling and accurate tweets about balance ever:
The entrepreneur’s dilemma:
Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time w/family. Staying fit. Getting sleep.
— Randi Zuckerberg (@randizuckerberg) December 9, 2011
I had lunch with Randi at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago to talk about Dot, and was thrilled when she agreed to come on our podcast. She has the same basic attitude I do about kids and tech: it should not be approached from a place of fear.
Dot is about a girl who solves problems with tech, and she doesn’t do it from her couch. Randi shows kids (and their parents) that integrating tech into your life doesn’t have to mean turning into a zombie behind a screen or staying inside and alone. The series is aimed at very young kids (Randi and her husband have two young boys), and while there’s nothing “girlie” about the show (it has great male characters), she hopes that seeing a strong girl in the lead role who is comfortable with technology will inspire more girls to embrace STEM.
I urge you to listen to our conversation with Randi and check out Dot. And if you like the podcast, I’d really appreciate a rating and review for Parenting Bytes on iTunes – each and every one helps us reach more listeners!