Facebook's First Female Engineer- Ruchi Sanghvi

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Ruchi Sanghvi (born 20-01-1982)is an Indian computer engineer. She was the first female engineer hired by world’slargest social networking site Facebook.


Sanghvi was raised inPune, India. When she was young, she planned to join her father's businessafter completing her studies. She pursued her bachelor's and master's degreesin electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Sanghvi is married toAditya Agarwal, who was her colleague at Carnegie Mellon University and laterat Facebook, Cove, and Dropbox.


In late 2010, she quitFacebook and in 2011, she started her own company Cove, with two otherco-founders. The company was sold to Dropbox in 2012 and she joined Dropbox asVP of Operations. She left Dropbox in October 2013.


In 2005, Agarwal and Sanghviboth started working at Facebook. Sanghvi was Facebook's first female engineer.


Sanghvi was one of thekey people working on the first version of Facebook's News Feed product, firstlaunched in September 2006, and she wrote the blog post announcing its launch. Theoriginal news feed was an algorithmically generated and continually refreshingsummary of updates about the activities of one's friends. The idea wasrelatively new at the time, with Twitter having launched only a few months inadvance.

 

In 2016, Sanghvifounded South Park Commons, a townhouse located in San Francisco that functionssimilarly to a hackerspace. The Commons houses 25 to 30 people at a time. In2018, the Commons received a $40 million seed fund backed by many individualsSanghvi met through DocuSign and Facebook. The South Park Commons hasadditionally funded start-ups such as San Francisco based “gaming performance”start-up Visor.


Sanghvi was awarded aTechFellow "Best Engineering Leadership Award" in 2011 for her workat Facebook.


In 2018, Sanghvi was akeynote speaker for HackMIT.

 

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