You are relying for Facebook for everything social you do – from messaging to sharing your thoughts, images and videos. It has virtually become a dining table where we are sitting around and talking about various issues.
But, do you know that the first female engineer hired by Facebook was an Indian. Yes, that is the fact. Her name is Ruchi Sanghvi.
It is widely believed that the main reason behind initial success of Facebook was its algorithm for News Feed – what is there on your wall. In fact, this News Feed had dethroned Orkut and My Space, among others social networking attempts. Even Google couldn’t match the News Feed algorithm of Facebook with its most powerful attempt in the world of Social Network/Media with Google Plus.
And, Ruchi was the team leader that had written main codes of News Feed algorithm.
Later, she was transferred from the Engineering Team to the Product Management job and handled tough tasks of her pet project News Feed and Facebook Platform, among others.
Profile of Ruchi Sanghvi
Ruchi was born in Pune on January 20, 1982. Her family runs a successful business in Pune. Ruchi was planning to join her father’s business after completing studies. She went to the US and took admission in Carnegie Mellon University from where she did Electrical Computer Engineering and later Masters’.
While doing engineering, she came in contact with Aditya Agarwal. Both became close friends and started to work with Facebook in 2005. Before that, Ruchi had also worked for few months with Oracle Corporation.
It took no time for Ruchi to attract the attention of young Mark Zuckerberg, who gave her charge of writing codes for News Feed. It was developed and announced by a blog post to the world by none other than Ruchi in September, 2006. There were lots of discussions about News Feed – positives and negatives. Some of the criticisms were related to privacy issues, which were found to be true. Ruchi along with her team worked for continuous 48 hours and solved all concerned. The new version of News Feed was launched within one week and announced by Mark Zuckerberg. Rest is history.
Sanghvi left Facebook in 2010 and one year later she launched Cove with Aditya Agarwal. Cove was a stealth collaboration start up which was bought by Dropbox. After the deal, Ruchi joined Dropbox as Vice President Operations.
She left Dropbox in 2013 and since then working as an activist, investor and advisor. She is also a board member of India’s PayTM.
Husband of Ruchi Sanghvi
|Ruchi with husband Aditya Agarwal|
As mentioned above, the husband of Ruchi Sanghvi is none other than Aditya Agarwal. They were dating since their college days. While working with Facebook, they got married. Mark Zuckerberg was present in their wedding. They left Facebook together and started Cove. Further, they worked with Dropbox and again left it at the same time. There can’t be a better and successful love story.