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Blavity’s Morgan DeBaun is speaking at Disrupt SF 2016

TechCrunch TechCrunch 15/06/2016 Megan Rose Dickey

Blavity is the bee’s knees — the cream of the crop media platform and community for black millennials in the digital age. Founded by Morgan DeBaun and Aaron Samuels, Blavity ultimately aims to become a lifestyle brand with both online and offline experiences geared toward underrepresented millennials.

This year at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, DeBaun, the CEO of Blavity, will be joining us to discuss what it’s like running a bootstrapped media site with content written by and for millennials of color. I imagine we’ll also discuss issues relating to social justice, as well as the state of diversity in tech.

Since launching in 2014, Blavity has become known for producing viral content like “21 Things Black Men Don’t Hear Often Enough” and “19 Things Little Black Girls Don’t Hear Often Enough.” As of September 2015, Blavity was receiving nearly 1 million unique visits a month. In May, Blavity hosted its first-ever conference about technology and creativity, called “EmpowerHer,” which featured Black Lives Matter activist Johnetta Elzie and Feminista Jones.

Before starting Blavity, DeBaun spent a few years at tech company Intuit, where she worked on business development and strategy.

DeBaun joins the likes of Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop One, Apoorva Mehta of Instacart, Emmett Shear of Twitch and Sebastian Thrun of Udacity.

This is all going down at Pier 48 in San Francisco, from September 12-14, and extra early bird pricing is ending soon. Be sure to get your tickets soon. Holla!

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