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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 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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5 Things You Might Not Know about Frank Gruber

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At our Boulder Sessions event last night, we turned the tables a little bit. Instead of having our CEO Frank Gruber interview someone, he got interviewed by Foundry Group cofounder Jason Mendelson. On the agenda was Frank’s book Startup Mixology, a step-by-step guide to starting up that explains how to survive the ups and downs… Read more »

You Need a Pessimistic Cofounder

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you gotta be a little crazy to be an entrepreneur. And what that crazy looks like is often unbridled optimism: yeah, we should definitely quit our jobs and work on this because the failure rate is, what, like 80%? and this has totally got major potential. “It’s good to… Read more »

How to Plug into the Startup Scene in a New City

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As a digital nomad covering startup scenes around the world, I often land in a new city and have to get connected to local entrepreneurs for interviews. I’ve tried various methods, from searching for coworking spaces and startup organizations to asking for introductions to tweeting out a plea for help. I imagine entrepreneurs go through… Read more »

Remote Work Bans Are the Tech Industry’s Patriot Act

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On October 1, reddit joined several other tech companies with a ban on remote work, asking employees to relocate to San Francisco by the end of the year. On Monday, Re/code reported that reddit general manager Erik Martin is leaving, hinting that it may be because he doesn’t want to move to the West Coast…. Read more »

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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October 14 is Ada Lovelace Day, commemorating the world’s first computer programmer. In the mid-1800s, mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, an early computer, that calculated a sequence of Bernoulli numbers. Although there’s some debate – and it was never tested – this is widely recognized as the first-ever computer program…. Read more »

17 Things Only Accelerator Graduates Understand

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Accelerators are the entrepreneurial equivalent of band camp – away from reality, stuck with your peers for all hours of the day, putting up with dubious living and culinary conditions. But there’s no more tightly-knit group than the marching band kids, right? After finishing an accelerator, you join that illustrious group of entrepreneurs who have survived… Read more »

This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

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When I wrote about the launch of Everpurse in 2012, I lamented that we hadn’t fixed something so seemingly simple as short battery life on our smartphones. Today, two years later, it’s still a problem. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September, promise longer battery life but nothing earth-shattering. The 6 should last… Read more »

Marc Andreessen and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Donate $500K to Support Women and Minorities in Tech

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Andreessen Horowitz‘s Marc Andreessen and his wife and philanthropist Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen are donating $500,000 to Code2040, Girls Who Code, and Hack the Hood, USA Today reported. All three nonprofit organizations support diversity in tech through education, internships, mentorship, and events. Code2040 focuses on blacks and Latinos, Girls Who Code focuses on high school girls, and Hack the… Read more »

Meet the 8 Startups Getting Grants from the Digital DC Tech Fund

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Last night at the DC Tech Meetup, DC Mayor Vincent Gray announced the winners of grants from the Digital DC Tech Fund. The Digital DC Tech Fund is part of Digital DC, an economic development initiative and marketing campaign unveiled in March by the mayor to promote DC as the leading tech startup community. The $1 million Digital DC… Read more »

Meet the Startups Showcasing at Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference!

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In just three days, over 40 startups will descend on downtown Las Vegas for one of the country’s biggest startup competitions, at Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference. Startups from all over the country – from San Diego to Detroit to Maine – will be on display at our Monday night showcase to meet attendees, speakers, and –… Read more »

Evernote Lovers: Now You Can Create Email Newsletters in Evernote

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Today is day 2 of the Evernote Conference (EC4), bringing speakers like Tim Ferris, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, and Founder Institute’s Adeo Ressi to San Francisco to talk about how they use Evernote. Evernote-based startups are also launching at the conference, including email marketing tool Mastodon. Mastodon lets you create and send an email newsletter… Read more »

6 Team-Building Tips from the CEA Innovate! Conference

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This week, entrepreneurs like Nolan Bushnell and Paul Singh are converging on Arizona for the CEA Innovate! Conference, a three-day event bringing together big and small tech companies. The Wednesday schedule included a panel led by our CEO Frank Gruber, called “Startup Success Stories.” He was joined by Ximena Hartsock, president and cofounder of Phone2Action;… Read more »