I, obviously, had it hard. At one point, that morning, I must have hit hair-rock-bottom. I was tiny (now being a petite adult woman, I remember looking 8 for longer than I was). I had no desire to play dodgeball, soccer or softball- I fit in with this niche flock of young girls attending gymnastics, reading the Babysitter’s Club books, while fitting in their daily trampoline jumping. I was still a younger child- listening to my parents music (not that there is anything wrong with 102.7 FM in South FL, but if I hear Run around Sue one more time…), watched the TV shows that my parents were approving, and wearing whatever they put me in (I think that this Dinosaur-fiasco, at one point, was also worn by one of my older female cousins, who probably wore it in kindergarten).
I can’t describe what it felt like to meet “Nine”- and see my own childhood, in 3-D-anime-2014-punch! I had a moment: FINALLY it’s cool to be nerdy-when I was in elementary school, I didn’t know of this Big Bang Theory sect of society. I always had 1 or 2 friends that I could geek out with, and explore the depths of Parkland's near-drained Everglades foliage, or sit and read volumes of Sweet Valley Twins books. When my parents began investing in Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, unknown numbers of Disney and Mario and Luigi themed games, and multiple electronic devices- I recognized that neither of my younger sisters were playing with virtual-reality, as much as I was. Albeit, my younger sister NOW has a score that is 200% higher than mine on SnapChat.
Purple and Nine is a show about two girls who just want to solve their everyday problems. They try quirky, cutting-edge solutions to fix things around the house, keep themselves awake in class, help friends overseas, and babysit Purple’s twin brothers. Technology is an integral part of our lives, say the founders, and the technologies shown in the series are cutting-edge technologies that either already exist or are under development.
Gangly Sister was founded by Rebecca Rachmany, CEO and Miriam Lottner, COO, two entrepreneurs who have been in business together for several years. As a founder of multiple technology startups, I find it incredibly important for more young women to enter the fields I’ve succeeded in, too. Over the last few weeks, many women have come forward in the STEM communities, endorsing the Gangly Sister initiatives:
“I l0ve the vision and creativity of ‘Purple’ and ‘Nine’. Kids using 3-D printing to solve problems and save the world, learning and having fun along the way, is awesome and inspiring!” Jenny Lawton, President, MakerBot
The pilot is self-funded, so the Gangly Sister founders have created an Indiegogo campaign to raise money from the fans. If they reach over $100,000, they’ll be able to produce a full season of 12 episodes. They say it’s no different than purchasing a DVD, or a music album, and they offer prizes for contributions as low as $4, so even children can be part of the campaign. Purple and Nine is translated to Chinese and Spanish, to align with the vision of reaching as many girls as possible.
Founder, StartupChicks NYC