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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and positivity. 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 American.com. 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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Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

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Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study on her blog, and the most disappointing finding was how often women… Read more »

Why I Love You Is Buffer for Love Letters

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How do I love thee? Let me text the ways… Leave it to geeks to figure out how to make their love more efficient and systematized. With Why I Love You, you can schedule email or text messages telling someone why you love them – a Buffer for love letters, if you will.  Here are some… Read more »

6 Dev Jobs You Might Want to Apply For

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Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here!   We know everyone and their brother is looking for a programmer – which is good news for those of you with a newly minted coding school degree, or a knack for catching bugs. It’s a good time to be a geek…. Read more »

What 50+ Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast

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A heated discussion about the merits of the eggocado led me to wonder: what are entrepreneurs eating for breakfast? Is the stereotype of having no time to eat true – are the hustlers who need it most skipping “the most important meal of the day”? Or are they eating the breakfasts of champions? Turns out, lots… Read more »

Y Combinator Finally Releases Statistics on Its Portfolio 

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While Techstars has long been transparent about how their portfolio companies are doing, Y Combinator has kept their cards close to the chest – until now. “We get asked a lot for statistics on the YC portfolio. Even though some of these aren’t that helpful, here is the latest update on the numbers we get asked… Read more »

Get Tickets to Your Favorite Chicago Teams on Ticket Beagles

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Cubs, Bulls, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks – what’s your favorite sports team in Chicago? I’m not a big sports follower or a Chicagoan, but our CEO Frank Gruber is a diehard Cubs fanatic from Illinois. After being on the waitlist for years, he finally got seasons tickets in 2014 – so naturally, he flew from the… Read more »

What Happens When a Chinese Factory Makes Knockoffs of Your Product

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After launching their waterproof shower speakers on Amazon, FRESHeTECH started seeing a slew of negative reviews. The battery was only lasting a few days, products weren’t working, and customers were upset. Meanwhile, other customers were completely satisfied, enjoying month-long battery life and recommending the product to their friends. What was going on?  Knockoffs.  FRESHeTECH had… Read more »

Study: Successful Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Men 

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According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, starting up is more of a rollercoaster for women than it is for men – with lower lows and higher highs. The report included a comparison of happiness for early-stage men and women entrepreneurs (TEA), established business owners, and non-entrepreneurs in the US:  Men’s happiness stayed relatively constant whether… Read more »

Want a New Job as a Programmer, Designer, or Product Manager?

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Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here!   Was it tough coming back to work after the 4th of July break? Maybe that’s a sign that it’s time to shake things up. If you’re looking for jobs at startups – or anywhere else – look no further than the… Read more »

Feeling Like an Imposter? Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Investors 

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Although it’s easy to believe you have to be all confidence, all the time in front of your investors, venture capitalist Bijan Sabet wants to hear about your fears. “One way I know I’ve really connected with a founder in our portfolio is when they let me in on their true fears. . . …. Read more »

Why Women Programmers Feel Like Imposters

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Despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary, Alicia Liu never believed she was a good programmer. “Within a field like computing where women are vastly underrepresented, it is especially likely for someone in the minority to feel like she got in by some fluke and doesn’t truly belong there,” Liu writes in a post on… Read more »

Obama Visited DC’s 1776 Today [PHOTOS]

Obama visit 1776 dc

President Obama spent this morning at DC startup campus 1776, meeting entrepreneurs and giving a talk about jobs and growing the economy. His visit comes the day before the 4th of July and also the day that the June jobs report was released. 1776 is an incubator, coworking space, and fund whose goal is to help startups… Read more »

The First VC Fund Focused on Women’s Health Has Launched

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Dr. Jessica Grossman is thinking about joining the first VC fund focused on women’s health startups, she announced at Tech Cocktail Week Sessions in downtown Vegas in June. The fund, called EXXclaim Capital, will invest in companies focused on areas like pediatrics, health and wellness, and digital health. According to MedCity News, the fund was started… Read more »