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SaveUp App Adds Quizzes to Help You Gamble Your Way Out of Debt

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This is going to sound like an infomercial or a spammy email from a fake Nigerian prince, but bear with us. This is an actual app that works.

SaveUp lets you gamble for huge cash prizes without spending any of your own money. The only way you can play, though, is to build good financial habits. Link SaveUp to your bank accounts, and every time you deposit money in your savings account or pay down a debt, you’ll receive credits. Using those credits, you can play games of chance on your phone and compete to win prizes like a $50,000 student loan payment, a $25,000 trip to Paris for two, or the jackpot of $2 million. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Meetup, VentureOutNY Brazilian, AD Think, Investor Feedback Forum, Real Estate Tech, Tech Tuesdays)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Wanna go to Burning Man but can’t get tix? They’ll be releasing a bunch of new tickets on Wednesday, BUT you have to pre-register by 3pm EST today to get in line. You’re welcome!

Don’t miss this week: Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising (Adcade, Locket, Oneqube, SponsorHub) tomorrow. VentureOutNY Brazil (with mayoral candidate Jack Hidary) is also tomorrow, and I’m giving away five FREE passes. Tech Tuesdays (with the Flatiron School and Downtown Alliance) is also, you guessed it, tomorrow!

Coming up: Startup Grind (with Aereo founder Chet Kanojia; I’m giving away three FREE passes) on August 14. Hasbro-a-thon (first of its kind toy & game hack!) is on August 17, and Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon falls on September 14. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Personal Democracy Forum, GoRuCo, SXSW V2V, Queens Tech Forum, MakerFaire Townhall, FinTech, EnterpriseTech)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Okay, so, meme sensation Grumpy Cat scored a movie deal, the Simpsons are getting their very own theme park and Prancercise is apparently a real thing. Welcome to June, everybody–it’s going to be a hot, hot month!

It’s coming: the Hacker Olympics. June 22. Get ready. And yes, even the registration process is going to test your mad hacking skillz!

This Thursday is the 10th Annual Personal Democracy Forum. Hear from tech, politics and advocacy experts including Nate Silver, Joi Ito, Nancy Lublin, Ben Rattray, Seth Godin and Doug Rushkoff. That is one killer lineup! Use code GARY2013 to get 20% off. Also this week: Bizzabo’s Networking Event at WeWork Labs (where old skool meets new skool!) on Friday, Gotham Ruby Conference (aka GoRuCo) on Saturday and StartingBloc’s Social Innovation Launch Party on Sunday. Read More

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Startup News: Quora Gets Bloggy and Foursquare Gets Down to Business

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Do We Really Need More Blogs? For the last three years, Quora has been the site for headsdown homebodies to ask their fellow coding brethren about what it’s like to go outside. But the company has recently announced two new developments that show a shift of attention to writers. The question site now has plans to include blogs. Quora has also announced the release of a rich text editor for their mobile app which should help Quora users ask bolded crazy questions while they’re on the go. Read More

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Tech Insurgents 2012: Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld

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The Credit Card Killers

With an ever-crowded financial tech market and companies like PayPal and Google Wallet elbowing for industry dominance, the race to kill the credit card is heating up. But among the standouts is Iowa-based mobile payment startup Dwolla, thanks to an innovative pricing structure and a growing New York presence helmed by Michael Schonfeld and Alex Taub. Dwolla has raised money from two New York venture capital firms, Union Square Ventures and Thrive Capital. (Josh Kushner, a Thrive principal, is also part-owner of Observer Media Group.)

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