After being mobile-first and mobile-only for years, Damien Patton’s Banjo unveiled a web app at SXSW today. Like the mobile app, the web app lets you explore places, activities, and people around you in real time – from SXSW to CPAC to Kiev – by pulling data from social media. Photos, videos, tweets, and more… Read more »
About Kira Newman
Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in startups, innovation, and new trends. In 2012, she returned from a 6-month whirlwind tour of Asia, where she met tons of welcoming, inspiring, and infectiously passionate entrepreneurs.
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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As the clock struck midnight on February 5, Basecamp’s 10th birthday, Jason Fried’s company 37signals announced that they’ll be devoting all their attention to Basecamp going forward – and renaming the company “Basecamp.” “We’ve become a bit scattered, a bit diluted. Nobody does their best work when they’re spread too thin. We certainly don’t. We… Read more »
Out of all the cover letters that Dropbox is getting for its communications coordinator position, this one has to be the most original. Instead of your boring one-pager, an applicant named Melissa Gregoli decided to record a “cover” video instead. She made a geeky parody of Lorde’s popular song “Royals” about how awesome Dropbox’s file… Read more »
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In a big milestone for the Boston tech community, Sheila Marcelo’s caregiver marketplace Care.com is going public today. Founded in 2006, Care.com helps you find caregivers for children, seniors, and pets. They’ve grown to over 9.5 million members in 16 countries and 357 full-time employees, and raised around $110 million in funding. The latest price… Read more »
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