Elena Favilli

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Elena Favilli
Elena Favilli
Born (1982-08-03) August 3, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
Occupationwriter and entrepreneur

Elena Favilli (born 3 August 1982 in Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany, Italy) is an Italian writer and entrepreneur.


She’s the co-creator of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, which has broken records on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter for literary publications.[1] Favilli has written for Colors magazine, McSweeney's, RAI, Il Post, and La Repubblica, and has managed digital newsrooms globally.[citation needed] In 2011 Favilli started Timbuktu Labs with Francesca Cavallo, Timbuktu Labs publishes a children's magazine for iPads, also called Timbuktu.[2][3]

The iPad magazine Timbuktu (produced by Timbuktu Labs) presents the news to children as a form of entertainment. The magazine utilizes colorful pictures, easy-to-read language, and sound to appeal to children, and reads top down scrolling vs. the traditional page flipping style of a magazine.[4]

The first volume of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was published in 2016,[5] and has since been translated into over 30 languages.[6]


  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 1 & 2
  • Favilli, Elena (28 February 2015). "Silicon valley is more Flintstones than Jetsons when it comes to women | Elena Favilli". The Guardian.
  • Cavallo, Francesca; Favilli, Elena (13 April 2017). "Sexist stories keep girls down. A new kind of heroine can set them free | Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli". The Guardian.


  1. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca. "This book for 'rebel girls' just broke a Kickstarter record for the best reason". Mashable. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ Chan, Nathan (16 December 2016). "How Timbuktu Labs Created the Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign". Foundr. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ Stengel, Geri. "How To Blow Past Your Crowdfunding Goal Using Female Empowerment". Forbes. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Wasserman, Todd. ""First iPad Magazine For Kids" Makes Its Debut [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Not our hero anymore: Calls to cut Suu Kyi from Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls". Hindustan Times. 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ Walker, Esther (26 November 2017). "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls — a revolution at bedtime". The Times. Retrieved 28 December 2017.