We know what you're all thinking:
"There is no way that this many girls run a tech start-up".
Except we do, and we are about to save the virtual world with it, so listen up! We promise to keep this short and fun:
Somewhere between cells phones and technology (and the extinction of the VHS tape maybe) we've managed to create a culture of online-bullying, which was totally cool never, so it's time we put an end to it once and for all.
There have been so many amazing organizations before us who have made (and continue to make) significant strides and efforts to not only create awareness, but to push through to legislation to affect change.
But we thought, "instead of trying to stop it, why don't we try to capture it?".
Because what's the number one defense people use when they are making awful, nasty comments online?
Can't argue that one, so let's instead help them magnify those freedoms. Let's launch a database where we capture them exercising those rights and create digital records for them that anyone can access.
Yup. We consider ourselves to be patriots.
(This is the part where we address your immediate concerns.)
Important to note: We do not allow any commenting on our site because we do not want to host a platform for any bullying ourselves. Our database also cannot be searched by keyword (i.e, homophobia, racism, etc) which means a self-proclaimed vigilante would be unable to round up a specified group of online offenders.
(Okay this is the part where we tell you where your money is going.)
Thus far we have worked to collect data and create about 22,000 profiles from individuals that are surprising all over the employment spectrum (doctors, teachers, lawyers, you name it).
With your backing, we can take a break and go shopping, because we are women and that would be fun for us.
With your backing, we can expand our team of web analysts in order to create profiles at a faster rate, as our goal is to launch the database at 150,000 profiles. We will immediately apply your funding to hiring a team of paid interns for the summer, and our continuing web development. We will devote all remaining funds toward our legal team, which we are going to need intact when we bring this site live.
(Now this is the part where we tell you how deep we roll)
Okay. That was a bit of dishonest marketing on our part. We do not know Taylor Swift, nor do we know Cara Delevigne, or for what reason exactly she is waving an English flag in this photo. In fact they will likely fire off a cease and desist letter to us for sourcing that image irresponsibly-- which we hope reinforces our earlier point about legal necessity.
All that squared away, the truer version of our squad is even more amazing:
We have worked to build and bridge with an impactful network. Most notably, we are proud partners and friends of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and their Day1 campaign.We encourage you all to check out their work and website. As well as a list of their organization's initiatives, which align fully with our own.
(Now this is the part where we tell you what's up next for us).
Our Founder, Candace Owens has been selected to give a TEDx talk on June 4th, 2016 about the perils of this era of technology, and all that we are doing to combat it.. The talk will be webcast live on the Ted.Com website, and it is slated to be the most important talk of our century, according to her mother. You will not want to miss it.
Now this is the part where we finish with a sweet one-liner and a bonus video, because you've earned that if you've gotten this far:
Our team has a simple message to share: Love is easier.
Check out all of crazy thoughts and experiences at our blog, Degree180.com.
Risks and challenges
We have secured a provisional patent for our technology.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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