• Loot Crate, the subscription startup for fans and geeks, raises $18.5M

    Loot Crate, the subscription startup for fans and geeks, raises $18.5M

    Geeky commerce startup Loot Crate is announcing that it has raised $18.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures, with participation from Breakwater Investment Management, Time Inc., Downey Ventures (startup investment arm of Team Downey, the production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey), M13 and Sterling.VC. When you subscribe to Loot Crate, you… Read More

  • The Weekly Good: The Problems Of Today Will Be Solved By The Minds Of Tomorrow

    The Weekly Good: The Problems Of Today Will Be Solved By The Minds Of Tomorrow

    If you’re looking for a great story to end your week, here’s one. Below is a mission statement that’s brief, to the point and something that is easy to get behind: StudentRND inspires students to work on tech projects in their spare time. Read More

  • If The Health Care Industry Married Silicon Valley, They’d Have Babies Named “Cure”

    If The Health Care Industry Married Silicon Valley, They’d Have Babies Named “Cure”

    I just got back to San Francisco from the 15-year celebration of LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was an interesting time to be in Austin, as most of the world is still shell-shocked from Armstrong stepping down as the Chairman due to outside pressure from his doping scandal. However, most people had a positive attitude when it comes to the direction that LIVESTRONG is going in… Read More

  • An Interview With CODE2040, A Non-Profit Out To Diversify Silicon Valley

    An Interview With CODE2040, A Non-Profit Out To Diversify Silicon Valley

    I had a chance to discuss an amazing new non-profit program called CODE2040 with one of its founders today, Laura Weidman Powers. The mission of this program is to bring diversity to Silicon Valley by bringing in talented minorities who are in school to Silicon Valley for the summer, mentoring them and find inhem positions with companies. The non-profit is the brain-child of Tristan Walker… Read More

  • Dave McClure On His New Fund, Asia's Growth

    When Geeks Attack, Shanghai Edition (TCTV)

    For some in Silicon Valley, Asia remains an alluring black box. A promising world with pockets of hyper growth, obscured by a tangled web of unfamiliar languages, customs, regulations and native ecosystems. Although the walls are coming down fast, the road to Asia’s markets remains an intimidating one for many. Enter Dave McClure, founder of 500 Startups (a recently launched $30M super… Read More

  • Blizzard announces new expansion, "Cataclysm"

    Time to clear up all the rumors people. The opening ceremony at Blizzcon just ended, and it ended with a bang. Thankfully, much of the speculation has been cleared up, and we finally have some answers about the new races, new areas, and some stuff that hadn’t been leaked. Read More

  • Unboxing: Blu-ray "Iron Man" Ultimate Edition

    This is a gadget blog not a movie blog! Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to share with my fellow comic book geeks the unboxing of the Blu-ray “Iron Man” Ultimate Edition. I have yet to pop it in and give it a whirl, but I figured an unboxing would suffice for now. Check out the gallery after the jump and the list of goodies you can expect from the 2-disc set. Read More

  • Like gadgets? You’re probably an arrogant prick

    Well, the secret’s out. People who are into technology and gadgets have a high tendency to be a-holes. Can you believe it? According to Reuters… “An online study evaluating the characteristics of 25,000 American adults found avid technology consumers tended to score highly in personality traits such as leadership, dynamism and assertiveness — but low in modesty.” Read More

  • Swiss resort for geeks features high-powered space telescopes, photography

    The Swiss are interesting. For a new hotel, some eggheads got together and created a six-room building that features a domed roof on each suite. Your room will also include a powerful telescope and photography equipment so that you can take shots of your favorite stars and clusters. Interesting. It’s called the AAV Lue-Stailas, which is Swiss for “house of space nerds”, and… Read More

  • Geeky Star Wars wedding looks like it was a lot of fun

    I’m likely never going to get married. Not that I couldn’t, indeed I do OK for myself, but because I’m not an idiot. Sure, for some of you it works out, but I’m not the type. If I were, I’d do like this couple from the UK: They did it all Star Wars style. Themselves and the rest of the wedding party dressed up as characters from the film, and it looks like it… Read More

  • Vintage video game themed cutting boards cut straight through to my geeky heart

    Are we as citizens ready for icons from our 8-bit pasts to make their way into our kitchens? Yes, yes we are. Take this Triforce cutting board. It’s fully usable and will remind you of your quest against Gannon every time you dice onlines. It’s sold out, but you can get your hands on a Space Invaders villian for only $125. If I was really into cutting boards, I’d get one. Read More

  • Top 11 Geeked-out art cars

    [photopress:floppy3.jpg,full,center] Slippery Brick has compiled a list of eleven awesome geek cars. My fave is the Floppy Disk Car, which I see puttering around Seattle often. I love it. 11 awesome geek-themed art cars [Slippery Brick] Read More

  • Duck Hunt tattoo should be discouraging, and it is

    [photopress:dhts.jpg,full,center] Normally, if I were to meet a girl with a tattoo from an NES game, I’d likely fall in love. But man, this is just mean: The Duck Hunt dog laughing. If you see this in real life, you can only assume you’re doing it wrong, because that’s what this snickering canine has come to symbolize. via Geek Stir Read More

  • Shirts that give you health when you're close to your other

    [photopress:hugshirts_1.jpg,full,center] We’re coming up to Valentine’s Day, 2008, and here I am again without a date. Ok, not true, I have two dates, but it’s not like that. Ok, it is if I’m lucky. Anyway, the point is, there are these shirts, see, and when you and your signif are wearing them, and you come within hugging distance (which is a scientific constant… Read More

  • Guess what Merriam-Webster's word of the year is?

    Merriam-Webster has named "w00t" the word of the year for 2007. W00t! President John Morse says that it’s the "ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology." "It shows a really interesting thing that’s going on in language. It’s a term that’s arrived only because we’re now communicating electronically with each other,"… Read More

  • What to get the geeky girl in your life according to a geeky girl got their top 10 hottest tech women of 2007 all wrong when they failed to include geeksugar, in my honest opinion. Anyhoo, geeksugar put together a gift guide for the geeky girl in your life and you should probably pay attention since we all know you’re scrambling around trying to figure out what her cup size is and whether she likes edible panties. To each his own, but these… Read More

  • It is the day of the dead

    This is just plain creepy and weird. I love my Mac and at one point I loved my PC, but…but…WTF is this?! It can’t be a photoshop job, can it? Geek’s Tomb Read More

  • Best Buy Tech Tells All

    Consumerist, the site every CEO loves to hate, just ran a huge interview with a former Best Buy employee who essentially said that Geek Squad techs pirated MP3s, sold amateur porn to amateur porn sites, and generally come from that expensive yet dangerous school of IT admins — the Devry. benpopken: Is porn-stealing then a form of insubordination and acting out?
    hashand: Well, more a sense… Read More

  • Geek Out Your Dad For Father's Day

    Looking for a way to show your pops that you care and that you think he’s a big ol’ tech geek at the same time? Stop over at and check out its list of Father’s Day gifts. Featured are a number of accessories including duct-tape wallets, unique digital watches, a solar-powered messenger bag, keychains, tie tacks and cufflinks like the ones pictured above. Read More

  • Downloaded Star Trek Off iTMS? Claim Your $25

    Because I actually have a life playing with my Polly Pocket playsets (TOO fun!), I didn’t notice that Star Trek: The Original Series had gone up on the iTunes Music Store, been taken down, and then put back up. For anyone who bought the entire first series before it was taken down, Apple is hooking you up. You’ll be rewarded with a $25 iTunes gift card code and you can keep… Read More