Links for September 23, 2016

Rose Pak, SF political powerhouse, dies

Rose Pak, a Chinatown dynamo who died Sunday at the age of 68, hated being called a power broker. “If I was white, they’d call me a civic leader,” she would rasp, with absolutely no sign she was joking.


Why Disney Introduced a Princess Without a Movie – And What It Means for Inclusive Parks

Earlier this month, in an unprecedented move Disney introduced a new princess at Walt Disney World, Elena of Avalor. Elena is the first Disney princess to earn a spot in the parks without a major motion picture success behind her character. More importantly, Elena is the first princess based on Latin American cultures and is a strategic move for the Walt Disney Company and its broader diversity agenda.


Khan Academy Buys Children’s App Developer, Duck Duck Moose, For $1

Despite its popularity, and racking up 53 app awards from organizations including Consumer Electronics Show and Children’s Technology Review, Duck Duck Moose faced “a challenging market” and had been “trying to find ways to be sustainable,” says co-founder Caroline Hu Flexer. The team had entertained acquisition offers from several companies.... “Khan Academy was always on the top of our list,” Hu Flexer adds. “There were for-profit [acquisition] options, but our investors understood how we were trying to impact the world. They were very supportive and helped make this deal happen.”