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When Annette Bazira-Okafor, a PhD student at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, saw the magazines and apps her daughter and her friends were using, she knew something was missing – representation of the girls themselves.
On the latest episode of The Disruptors, co-host Amber Kanwar sat down with Wattpad CEO Allen Lau to discuss how the company — well-known for its active community of storytellers — is moving into the entertainment industry.
In a time of gluten-free, whole grain, stevia and quinoa, Erin Maynes just wants to focus on delectable food. Her online marketplace focuses on independent Canadian-made gourmet items like Acadian Sturgeon, birch syrup and chai energy crisps.
Last spring, when Eden Hagos launched Black Foodie, there were so few stock photos of young black folks enjoying food that she ended up taking her own.
In 2007, Allen Lau and his close friend Ivan Yuen were a year into building out their vision for a mobile reading platform called Wattpad. The two initially teamed up after discovering that they were building similar things; Allen Lau, an avid reader, built a mobile reading app for the Motorola Razr, while Yuen had done the same with a twist, building a website where people could also share their own writing.