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Maverick, a social network for young women, launches with $2.7M in funding

While Bumble BFF and Hey! Vina help adult women find new friends, there isn’t a social network dedicated to young women.

But Brooke Chaffin and Catherine Connors are looking to change that with the introduction of Maverick, a social network that connects young girls with female mentors to express their creativity in a safe space.

Here’s how it works:

When a new user signs up, they can browse through various challenges set forth by Catalysts, inspiring role models selected specifically by the founders to inspire the younger demographic on the network. These challenges include things like making their own super hero, creating their own dance number or choosing a mantra.

Users, usually between the ages of 10 and 20, can post their response to a challenge via photo or a 30-second video and browse the responses of others. Interestingly, Maverick has done away with ‘likes’ and instead offers points for various types of engagement, like posting a response to a challenge, posting a comment, or giving someone a badge.

For now, there are four badges on the platform (unique, creative, unstoppable, and daring) and the company has plans to add more badges as it grows.

But Maverick isn’t just an app. The company also plans on holding a series of one-day live events across the country, highlighting young women emerging on the platform in categories like STEAM, entrepreneurship, comedy and music.

In fact, the first live event goes down tomorrow in Los Angeles, featuring “Founding Mavericks” or role models such as Chloe & Halle Baily, Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight, Daunnette Reyome, Laurie Hernandez and Ruby Karp.

For now, Maverick is a free app focused on growing its user base. But the founders see an opportunity to turn Maverick into a utility, not unlike LinkedIn, offering a subscription for premium features. And it makes sense that LinkedIn would serve as inspiration for Chaffin and Connors, as LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner is one of Maverick’s investors.

The company has raised $2.7 million in seed funding led by Matt Robinson of Heroic Ventures, with participatino from Susan Lyne and Nisha Dua of BBG Ventures as well as Jeff Weiner.

Here’s what co-founder and Chief Content Officer Catherine Connors had to say:

The research on girls’ social development has shown us the same thing for decades. During early adolescence, the majority of girls stop raising their hands, participating in sports and extra-curricular activities, taking risks, and stepping into leadership roles. In short, they stop believing in themselves. And it’s not because we don’t tell them that they should believe in themselves — it’s that they don’t get enough real opportunity to prove to themselves that they can.

Founders Chaffin and Connors met during their tenure at the Walt Disney Company and kept coming back to the idea of empowering girls through a new social network, and so Maverick was born.

The network is designed with a progression loop not unlike that of a game, where Mavericks can progress toward becoming a Catalyst and inspiring other young women.

The app launches out of beta today.


Source: TechCrunch

Chemists Orchestrate the Molecular Union of Two Single Atoms

It’s a molecular Parent Trap: Stick two atoms in a vacuum chamber, and steer them together with lasers.
Source: Wired

Huawei P20 review – CNET

It has the Huawei P20 Pro’s night mode, but costs you hundreds less.
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The best laptop bags and backpacks for 2018 – CNET

From simple daypacks to bags with room for all your gear, here are some great options for getting your stuff from points A to B.
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Fukushima’s Other Big Problem: A Million Tons of Radioactive Water

More than 1 million tons of radiation-laced water is already being kept on-site in an ever-expanding forest of hundreds of hulking steel tanks.
Source: Wired

What is Crispr Gene Editing? The Complete WIRED Guide

How scientists can repurpose a bacterial immune system to alter DNA, making everything from cheap insulin to extra starchy corn.
Source: Wired

The Startup That Will Vet You for Your Next Job

More companies like Uber and Instacart are using Checkr, which promises streamlined background checks through automation and integration with hiring apps.
Source: Wired

The Crazy, Complex Engineering of Honda's New Clarity Hybrid

The latest Honda hybrid uses two motors, an engine, and a bevy of buttons, paddles, and pedals—and can leave drivers feeling like symphony conductors.
Source: Wired

It took them 15 years to hack a master key for 40,000 hotels. But they did it

Security firm F-Secure announced a massive security vulnerability affecting millions of electronic locks worldwide this week. We sat down with the researchers to discuss how it made your next hotel stay a whole lot safer.

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Source: Digital trends

Inside a Bitcoin mine, fans, silicon, and frigid temperatures keep crypto pumping

Ever wondered what it’s like inside a bitcoin mine? Us too — so we packed up our cameras, threw them in the trunk, and drove up to Wenatchee, Washington to check one out. Check out the video to get an inside look!

The post Inside a Bitcoin mine, fans, silicon, and frigid temperatures keep crypto pumping appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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