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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and positive psychology. Since 2011, she has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Kira has been published in the Huffington Post, Social Media Monthly, The New Individualist, and She previously worked as an editor at the American Enterprise Institute in DC.

In college, Kira spent a semester in Paris, where she nurtured her love of the French language and baguettes. When she’s not discussing ideas over coffee, Kira can also be found swing dancing.

You can contact Kira at kira [at] tech [dot] co or @kiramnewman.

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5 Things Journalists Want to See in Your Email Subject Line

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A study released yesterday by Fractl and BuzzStream asked 500 writers and editors from publications like Fast Company, Mashable, Forbes, and USA Today how they want to be pitched. I’m sure those 500 media professionals relished the opportunity to complain, as journalists often do. Luckily, complaints to them are tips for entrepreneurs – tips on… Read more »

Enroll in a Design Bootcamp So You Don’t End Up Like Airbnb


When Airbnb unveiled their new logo in July, they proudly announced the creation of the Bélo, a symbol that miraculously combines a heart, the letter A, a location pin, and someone reaching out to hug you. The universal symbol of belonging. The Internet did not agree – and they saw a miraculous combination of “all… Read more »

She Got a Tech PhD While Raising Kids in Post-Soviet Russia


In August 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing around her, single mother Hettie Dombrovskaya was in the hospital giving birth to twins. “We had the radio turned on in the delivery room,” recalls Dombrovskaya, who already had a young son. In the coming months, as the Soviet Union officially fell in December, her world… Read more »

The 10 Regions with the Most-Improved Startup Funding


For a full copy of our 40 page Accelerator Report, fill out the information boxes at the bottom of the page! Today, the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project released a ranking of the top 10 cities with the most growth in startup funding. Since their focus is on accelerators, they set out to answer this question:… Read more »

Less Pizza and Beer: Why We Need Accelerators for Women


Are traditional accelerators too male-centric? On November 5, Philadelphia accelerator DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of its DreamIt Athena program for women. DreamIt Athena is actually an accelerator within an accelerator: women founders will go through the program alongside the regular cohort, but get extra resources and programming targeted at their particular challenges. DreamIt is… Read more »

The Crippling Anxiety of Being a Startup CEO


“The hard part is waking up at 3 am in the morning just drenched in sweat, where your bed is soaked, because the anxiety is just gnawing at you even when you’re not awake.” Matt MacInnis had spent over 7 years at Apple, including time running their global market development for education, but he still… Read more »

Order Pizza or Save Your Life: A Tour of the Ford Connected Car


Ford is the Platinum Sponsor of our November 19 Miami Sessions featuring StyleSeat cofounder Melody McCloskey – join us! Next time you’re cruising around in your Mustang and get a hankering for a deep dish with pepperoni, don’t try to dial your local Domino’s. We know you have it on speed dial, but it’s still dangerous… Read more »

Check Out the Latest Openings on the Tech Cocktail Job Board


Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here on our weekly job spotlight!   With the elections this week, a lot of people lost jobs and lot of people got new jobs. Maybe that’s put you in the mood for a career change yourself? Luckily, you don’t have to be… Read more »

DreamIt Launches a Startup Accelerator for Women


Yesterday, DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of an accelerator for women founders called DreamIt Athena, which kicks off in Philadelphia next spring. DreamIt, which is ranked the #9 or #15 top startup accelerator depending whom you ask, believes they are the first top-tier accelerator to launch a program for women. “Access to a valuable network,… Read more »

Not All Women Know How to Represent “Women in Tech”


The increasing sensitivity about women in tech has led to a strange new phenomenon: all women entrepreneurs get asked about it. Women get invited to speak at conferences, and they know it’s just to “change the ratio.” And we journalists are guilty too: it’s hard to interview a female CEO without asking some vague question… Read more »

Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup


For National Cat Day yesterday, Uber teamed up with Cheezburger and ASPCA for the second year in a row to deliver kittens instead of people. Users in 7 cities – Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle – could open up the Uber app and request a kitten, which would be delivered to your… Read more »

The Top 30 Startup Accelerators Ranked


Startup accelerators have been around for almost 10 years now, and the landscape is starting to change. We’re seeing more and more international accelerators, as well as programs for niche industries and niche demographics. In Accelerate: Founder Insights into Accelerator Programs, authors Luke Deering, Matt Cartagena, and Chris Dowdeswell list over 200 programs – and provide… Read more »

Ben Huh and Talia Mashiach: Chase After Revenue, Not Investors


In an article about how starting up screwed up his life, entrepreneur Ali Mese talked about the pressure – from his friends, no less – to raise money as a sign of startup success. But is raising funding all it’s cracked up to be? “There’s a lot of irrational thinking on what VC fundraises are,” said… Read more »

A Ruby on Rails Bootcamp in Paradise

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Location, location, location. It’s the key to many things in life, and Ruby on the Beach is hoping it will be the key to making their coding bootcamp stand out from the scores of others that are popping up all over the world. Their location is beautiful, tropical Bali, and more specifically Ubud – its center of arts, culture,… Read more »