Engineering her own rise : Ruchi Sanghvi
Post By Aditi Rai on 03-March-2015
Forging inroads into the alleged “brogramming boys’ club”, shunning the notion of the small cubicle workplaces and proactive about choosing her fate, the undeterred, golden-techno empress of the Silicon Valley who rewrote the rules of the web eroding the male mob out of her way and propelled herself forward ushering in a new age, Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook's first female engineer, played an imperative role in moulding one of the globe's most influential web companies.
Born on January 20, 1982 and raised in the industrial town of Pune, Sanghvi pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to Facebook, she was a software engineer in the Real Time Communication Group at Oracle Corporation. In her five year career at Facebook she designed the social network’s most defining, salient features and launched the News Feed, which radically changed the Facebook experience by putting friends' online activities on the site; Platform, an update that allowed third-party developers and entrepreneurs to build apps on Facebook; and Connect, which made it possible for people to link their Facebook identities and friends to almost any site on the web.
In late 2010, Sanghvi left Facebook and in 2011, co-founded a stealth collaboration startup called Cove along with her beau, Aditya Agarwal. In February 2012, Dropbox, the file synchronization and backup service company, announced that it had acquired Cove. Ruchi later became the Vice President of Operations at Dropbox, managing product, marketing and communications. In October 2013, Sanghvi left Dropbox, but continued to retain an advisory role at the company. Moreover, Sanghvi strongly upholds that we need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.