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Best Tech Events This Week (Hasbro-a-thon, WeWork Summer Camp, Ruby Science Fair, Cryptocat Hackathon, Enterprise Tech Meetup, StartupGrind, Design Evenings)


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]

First of all: Thanks for all the birthday wishes–and red ties! :)

Now, this week you don’t want to miss: Startup Grind (with Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia) and the Enterprise Tech Meetup (demos by Inktank, Bromium, Quandora and Pymetrics and I’m giving away 10 free passes) both on Augugust 14, followed by the Hasbro-a-thon (Toy+Game Hackathon) on August 17.

Coming up: NYC Tech for Reshma (candidate for public advocate) event on August 20. Spotify Hackettes Coding Competition on August 24. Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party! and I’m giving away five free passes) on September 7. Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on September 14. And Georgetown Angels VC Pitch on September 19. Read More

Good Job Internet

Bye Bye Iron: Monopoly Makers Pander to Internet With Introduction of New Cat Token

A life-size version of the new Monopoly token, via the Today Show's Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)

Today is a triumphant day for cat lovers everywhere, but especially for those who despise ironing. Hasbro’s Facebook stunt, devilishly proposed to distract us from the fact that Monopoly takes for-freakin-ever, has reached a delightful conclusion. Today reports that the iron token is getting the boot, and will be replaced with a sparkling cat token. Congratulations, Internet! Read More


Hasbro Turns to Facebook Stunt to Distract People From the Fact Monopoly Takes For-Freaking-Ever

Poor wheelbarrow. (Screenshot: Facebook)

When was the last time you finished a game of Monopoly–like actually finished it, didn’t get bored in the middle, get up to grab a drink and then just never return? We assume it’s been quite some time, as Monopoly is basically the jury duty of board games: lots of sitting around, not much action, maybe getting into a tussle with a weird old guy over ethics, etc. Read More

It's the End of the World as We Know It

Gaze Upon Your Terrifying New God, the Revamped Furby

(Photo: Club 937)

Consider your most recent nightmare, one that caused you to bolt upright in bed, quaking in fear. Did it involve a Furby? If not, now it will. You’re welcome!

You may remember the Furby as an animatronic stuffed animal from the ’90s that your parents once bought you for Christmas. It was fun to play with for an hour, but after a while grew so annoying and so creepy that you hid it in the basement and told you parents you lost it (like, hypothetically).

For no reason other than the fact that children are weird and sometimes terrible, Furbies were wildly popular in the ’90s. So naturally, its developer, Hasbro, has decided to revamp this gurgling, fur-covered nightmare for the digital age. God bless America. Read More