Millennial Mashup Speaker Q&A: Randi Zuckerberg

Ypulse is calling our Mashup event Millennials Reassessed* for many reasons. It’s time that we stop thinking about a generation that is 80 million individuals large as one general group that can be painted with the same stereotypes and characteristics, so we have segmented the Millennial population and are digging deeper into who they are. Millennials are aging up, so we are examining how they are tackling, redefining, and lifehacking adult milestones. And we are looking at how Millennials have been shaped and helped shape the events of the last 30 years, so we’re thrilled to be closing our event with a keynote from Randi Zuckerberg. Today, Randi gives us her views on her own generation as a Millennial who has been involved in some of the biggest movements and shifts they have experienced. She tells us how they might value unplugging more than anyone else, their views on The American Dream, and why Facebook and the iPhone have shaped them into who they are today. 

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 Ypulse: What would you say is the biggest misconception when it comes to the Millennial generation?

Randi Zuckerberg: That they don’t value their relationships. So much has been written about how Millennials are solely focused on tech, but the reality is that technology provides them with even more ways to keep in touch and share with those they love. Millennials might even appreciate more deeply the value of unplugging and digital detox, since they have grown up with technology.

YP: This year at the Mashup we’re reassessing Millennials. What would you say is the thing about the generation that needs to be reassessed the most?

RZ: That Millenials are concerned about what this constant connectivity is doing to their lives, and aren’t going to…


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Quote of the Day: “My biggest financial goal is Financial independence from my parents.” –Female, 22, MA

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