Ruchi Sanghvi is the VP of Operations at Dropbox. She joined Dropbox, after serving as the co-founder and CEO of Cove, a collaboration, coordination and communication product for organizations and communities, with other early ex-Facebookers.
She was born in Pune, Maharashtra on January 20, 1982 to a Businessmen Family. When she was young, she watched her father run his business and aspired to someday be like him. “My dad owns a company that lends equipment to industrial projects. I’ve been obsessed with taking it over since I could talk. I’d follow him and repeat conversations about how many tons of cranes were arriving. He said it was a man’s world, so I studied electrical engineering because it was related.”
Sanghvi went on to study electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was one of only five students in the 150-student program, graduating in 2005 and immediately landing a job at Facebook.
When she was 22, at her parents’ insistence she took a sabbatical from Facebook in order to go home to India and “find a husband.” She wrote a bio, took pictures, and went on dates in the effort to find a suitable match that her family would approve of. In the end, she went home empty-handed, so to speak, and instead met her present husband through working on her newest passion-project, Facebook’s Connect application. She is married to Aditya Agrawal who co-founded Cove with her. Prior to that he was Director of Engineering at Facebook. Presently both Aditya and Ruchi are VP Operations at Dropbox.
Ruchi was the first female engineer at Facebook. During her tenure at Facebook, Sanghvi not only watched the company explode into a global network with a population greater than that of the United States, but also built the social network’s most defining features. She launched News Feed, which radically changed the Facebook experience by putting friends’ online activities front and center 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.
She then led product management and strategy for Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. She was also responsible for core product areas such as privacy and user engagement. Ruchi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ruchi Sanghvi left Facebook in 2010 to set up her own company, Cove, with her husband, who had joined Facebook as director of engineering at the same time as her.
In February 2012, Cove was bought by the cloud-sharing service Dropbox, and Ms Sanghvi has become vice-president of operations at the company at the age of 30. Presently she lives at Palo Alto California with her husband Aditya.