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Shira Yevin’s lifelong crusade against a male-dominated music industry began with a pink RV.

After attending the Vans Warped Tour in 2004 and seeing far too few women on the bill, the punk rocker decided to take matters into her own hands: She crashed the tour by parking a pink RV on the campus of Cal State Fullerton and performing on a makeshift stage with her band, Shiragirl. The impromptu show was such a hit that Warped Tour welcomed Yevin back to run an official “Shiragirl Stage,” where female-fronted bands—including artists like Joan Jett and Paramore—performed in the following years.

Now, Yevin is taking an entrepreneurial approach to carve out more space for women in music. She’s the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based startup Gritty In Pink, which runs an online “marketplace network” that connects music industry professionals with female talent—from musicians and songwriters to engineers and producers. Having launched in beta earlier this year, the startup’s InPink platform lets employers search for talent by skill and demographic.

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Studio—a Los Angeles-based online learning platform that, like Masterclass, lets people learn creative skills from renowned professional artists and artisans—has announced a new $50 million funding round and a rebrand that has seen it ditch its old name, Monthly.

San Francisco-based Human Capital led the Series B round and was joined by investors including Forerunner Ventures, Greenoaks Capital and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, as well as the likes of Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and LinkedIn chairman Jeff Weiner.

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