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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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Why Snuggling an Uber Kitten Is Good for Your Startup

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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

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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

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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 »

How Entrepreneurship Screws Up Your Life

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I’ve always thought being a CIA agent or some other top-secret government operative would be a lonely thing. After all, when anyone asks what you do, you have to be evasive or make up some much more boring job. You can’t unload about work or work stress lest you compromise national security. It turns out entrepreneurs are… Read more »

One Reason Y Combinator Doesn’t Have More Women Founders

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In March, Y Combinator president Sam Altman asked the Twittersphere what YC could do to encourage more women to start companies. Last week, Women.com CEO and Y Combinator grad Susan Johnson indirectly provided an answer with her Medium post, “Y Combinator + Being a Mom.” Her story, in a nutshell: she was called in for an… Read more »

Calling All Austin, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis Entrepreneurs – Get Quoted in Tech Cocktail

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We’ve heard a lot about what accelerators can do for an individual startup. A product that’s doomed to failure suddenly becomes something with great potential. A pitch wows investors at demo day and attracts promises of big checks right on the spot. A startup is convinced to bring on a cofounder and turns into a multi-billion-dollar company…. Read more »

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 »