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4 ways to help girls around the world achieve their dreams – Mashable

Mashable 4 ways to help girls around the world achieve their dreams Mashable There are too many reasons why girls are held back from reaching their full potential, but some of the unique challenges they face include poor education funding, limited access to menstrual supplies, and difficulty obtaining and using mobile phones ... and more »

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Ellation and Crunchyroll announce a new division focused on original content

AT&T-owned digital media company Ellation is moving into the original content business with the launch of Ellation Studios, which will produce series for the company’s anime streaming service Crunchyroll . The meaning of the “originals” label is a bit fuzzy, with streaming services applying it to everything from shows where they’ve acquired the exclusive rights (sometimes just in one country), to series that they’ve fully produced and own. When asked where Crunchyroll Originals will fall on that spectrum, Ellation’s new head of studio Margaret Dean said, “It’s an important question. We’re still talking about it. At what point do we put the Originals label on all those types of deals?” Dean (an industry veteran and current president of Women In Animation ) noted that Crunchyroll started out with a licensing model before getting more involved in the financing of new shows, and then moving into co-production. Ellation Studios seems like the next step in that direction, with production facilities in Burbank and Tokyo. Ellation and Crunchyroll aren’t announcing the full slate of originals yet, but first up is High Guardian Spice , a fantasy series telling the story of four girls at High Guardian Academy. It’s created by Raye Rodriguez will be staffed by an all-female writing room and is scheduled to premiere in 2019. (Dean, Rodriguez and others will discuss the show durring a panel at the Crunchyroll Expo next month.) Dean said everything on the originals slate will be anime-inspired, but will cover a variety of stories for a variety of audiences. “Animation is a medium, not a genre,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be limited to kids — or to if it’s adults, to comedy. It can be a wide range of different styles and genres.” She added that one of the reasons she was excited to join Ellation being told that the goal is to be “everything to somebody, not something to everybody.” Dean described a “sense of liberation” on hearing those words: “We could go deep in things. We could make great art.”

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Students and mentors: Apply for the all-new TC Include program at Disrupt SF with #BUILTBYGIRLS

We’re going all out for this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7),  which means more fantastic content, more of the most influential startup and tech leaders and tons of networking. As such, we are expanding our TC Include program at Disrupt SF and partnering with #BUILTBYGIRLS to host an engaging day full of interactive programming for even more students who are interested in tech and entrepreneurship. In the past we’ve worked with organizations like  BUILD.org ,  Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) ,  the Academy for Software Engineering ,  NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education ,  The Young Women’s Leadership Schools of the Bronx & Astoria ,  Red Hook Initiative ,  Mission Bit ,  The Urban Assembly Maker Academy  and  The Girls’ Network to bring small groups of students to Disrupt. This year we are inviting up to 200 young women ages 15-22 to participate in our day-long TC Include program at Disrupt SF on Friday, September 7. Just like in past programs, students will get to have a Q&A session with a Disrupt SF speaker, go on a tour of Startup Alley with a TechCrunch staffer and have some free time to check out all of the great talks, workshops and other content that will be happening throughout Moscone West. On top of that, #BUILTBYGIRLS is giving students an exclusive opportunity to meet and interact with several established leaders in tech through a small-scale version of WAVE, 1:1 matching platform. #BUILTBYGIRLS WAVE connects high school and college girls interested in pursuing tech careers with expert professionals working for top tech companies across the country. Advisors meet these girls monthly, sharing their career journey and expertise to give young women the exposure, skills and network they need to land their dream job. At Disrupt, students will get a mini version of WAVE, meeting 1:1 with Silicon Valley’s top tech talent, receiving direct access to professionals who will help build upon their knowledge of the limitless opportunities for a career in tech. To be eligible to participate as a student, you must be between ages 15-22. Anyone aged 15-17 will also be required to provide a signed permission form from your legal guardian prior to participating in the event

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Students and mentors: Apply for the all-new TC Include program at Disrupt SF with #BUILTBYGIRLS

We’re going all out for this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7),  which means more fantastic content, more of the most influential startup and tech leaders and tons of networking. As such, we are expanding our TC Include program at Disrupt SF and partnering with #BUILTBYGIRLS to host an engaging day full of interactive programming for even more students who are interested in tech and entrepreneurship. In the past we’ve worked with organizations like  BUILD.org ,  Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) ,  the Academy for Software Engineering ,  NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education ,  The Young Women’s Leadership Schools of the Bronx & Astoria ,  Red Hook Initiative ,  Mission Bit ,  The Urban Assembly Maker Academy  and  The Girls’ Network to bring small groups of students to Disrupt. This year we are inviting up to 200 young women ages 15-22 to participate in our day-long TC Include program at Disrupt SF on Friday, September 7. Just like in past programs, students will get to have a Q&A session with a Disrupt SF speaker, go on a tour of Startup Alley with a TechCrunch staffer and have some free time to check out all of the great talks, workshops and other content that will be happening throughout Moscone West. On top of that, #BUILTBYGIRLS is giving students an exclusive opportunity to meet and interact with several established leaders in tech through a small-scale version of WAVE, 1:1 matching platform. #BUILTBYGIRLS WAVE connects high school and college girls interested in pursuing tech careers with expert professionals working for top tech companies across the country. Advisors meet these girls monthly, sharing their career journey and expertise to give young women the exposure, skills and network they need to land their dream job. At Disrupt, students will get a mini version of WAVE, meeting 1:1 with Silicon Valley’s top tech talent, receiving direct access to professionals who will help build upon their knowledge of the limitless opportunities for a career in tech. To be eligible to participate as a student, you must be between ages 15-22. Anyone aged 15-17 will also be required to provide a signed permission form from your legal guardian prior to participating in the event. You do not need to be a young woman to participate in the TC Include program at Disrupt SF, but please note that the #BUILTBYGIRLS WAVE portion will only be available for young women and gender non-binary students to participate. Apply to participate as a student today . If you are interested in possibly participating as a WAVE Advisor, you can apply here

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Announcing the last judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

VivaTech  is starting in a couple of days, which means TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe is also starting on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the last batch of judges that will come to Paris for the event. If you haven’t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup  Battlefield  is arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before everybody started doing a startup competition, there was the Startup Battlefield. Companies like Dropbox, Fitbit, N26 and Yammer all launched on the TechCrunch stage. And we’re bringing talented investors and founders to judge the startups. Here’s the third round of judges (see  part 1 ,  part 2 and part 3 ). Roxanne Varza, Director, Station F Roxanne Varza is the Director of Station F, which is the largest startup campus worldwide, backed by Xavier Niel. She is also involved in the European Commission's European Innovation Council (EIC) and is on the board of Agence France Presse (AFP). Prior to her current role, Roxanne was the lead for Microsoft’s start-up activities in France, running both Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures programs for 3 years. She was also Editor of TechCrunch France from 2010-2011 and has written for several publications including Business Insider and The Telegraph. In April 2013, Business Insider listed her as one of the top 30 women under 30 in tech. She has also been listed in additional rankings by Business Insider, Vanity Fair and Le Figaro, The Evening Standard and more.

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Coinbase buys Earn.com and makes CEO Balaji Srinivasan its first CTO

Coinbase, the prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has announced its most significant piece of M&A to date after it agreed to buy Earn.com , the U.S. startup that uses the blockchain for its paid-email service, in a deal worth more than $120 million. In addition, Coinbase has appointed Earn.com co-founder and CEO Balaji Srinivasan as its first CTO, while the rest of the team will transition over, too. The deal doesn’t come as a complete surprise as  Coindesk reported  last month that Coinbase and Earn.com were in talks over a deal. This is Coinbase’s fifth acquisition to date — its most recent was a deal to buy Cipher Browser last week  — and its largest outlay so far. Neither party is saying exactly how much Coinbase is paying, but Srinivasan told TechCrunch in an interview that the deal represents a positive return on investment for those who backed Earn.com, which was formerly known as 21. The company had raised more than $120 million from investors, according to Crunchbase data , which gives some idea of the total deal package. All of Coinbase’s previous acquisitions have centered around talent; for example, last week’s Cipher deal saw highly rated developer Peter Kim join the Coinbase ranks. That seems to be a major motivator for landing Earn.com, despite a high price and a product that both Srinivasan and Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong intend to “double down” on post-acquisition. A Stanford graduate who holds a BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, Srinivasan is highly prized in Silicon Valley. He sits on the board at power investor firm Andreessen Horowitz and is known for being an early evangelist of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. (He once told me that he tipped Uber drivers in bitcoin in its early days, going so far as to set up Coinbase wallets for them while in their back of their car as they took him to his destination.) It’s not a secret that Coinbase has struggled to fill its vacancies with talent, and that has extended to the CTO role. Bringing in a name as big as Srinivasan is a major coup for the company and, with the startup said to be paying some of its talent more than $1 million per year in salary, it doesn’t make you wonder how big a factor landing Srinivasan is in making this deal happen. More importantly for Andreessen Horowitz, Qualcomm Ventures,  Khosla Ventures and other backers of Earn.com, this deal with Coinbase — which includes cash, stock and crypto — represents a turnaround in fortunes for the startup.

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App of the Day: unGlue – KFDX

KFDX App of the Day : unGlue KFDX (WHAT THE TECH) - If you're a parent concerned about how much time your kids are spending on their phone and what they're doing on it, have I got an app for you. UnGlue (perfect name for kids who can't take their eyes off the screen) is a totally free ... and more »

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