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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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DC Gets 4th Place in a Ranking of the Hottest US Startup Cities 

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In a ranking of the hottest US startup cities released today by RJMetrics, Washington, DC, came in 4th place, trailing San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. The study was based on Meetup data from over 16,000 tech meetups worldwide. They took into consideration the number of total tech meetups, number of total memberships, density (memberships… Read more »

How Snapchat Reconnected Me with My Awkward Younger Brother 

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Thank you, Snapchat, for doing the impossible. My brother Sean and I have always had a tenuous relationship. He’s a few years younger than me, 23 now, and let’s just say we’re very different people. After we got over the fighting and slapping each other phase when we were young, we didn’t have much left… Read more »

Tim O’Reilly: Google Is Becoming Our Global Brain

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, is wrapping up his Reddit AMA now, where he answered questions from the public about the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things refers to Internet-connected devices, sensors, and everyday objects that can send and receive data. Think of the Nest thermostat, which learns your temperature preferences and was acquired… Read more »

Tim O’Reilly Eloquently Explains How Tech Trends Happen

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, is currently answering questions about the Internet of Things in a Reddit AMA, a sort of open town hall.  The Internet of Things refers to Internet-connected devices, sensors, and everyday objects that can send and receive data. Think of the Nest thermostat, which learns your temperature preferences and… Read more »

This is Tim O’Reilly’s Personal Mantra

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, took to Reddit this afternoon at 1 pm ET for an AMA, answering questions from curious Redditors about the Internet of Things. But of course, in the face of a digital legend, redditors couldn’t just stick to the topic at hand. So someone asked: what’s your personal mantra? O’Reilly… Read more »

If You’re Approaching Burnout, Take a Careercation Now 

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Get chapters of David Niu’s book Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness for free starting today.  In 2012, BuddyTV cofounder David Niu bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand for himself, his wife, and his 10-month old daughter, Keira. He was burned out, and it was time for a “careercation.”  Niu had… Read more »

You’ll Never “Make It”

Richard St. John

Success researcher Richard St. John wants everyone to avoid an all-too-common problem: success-to-failure syndrome. In his book 8 to Be Great, he identified the eight characteristics of successful people: They focus on passion, not money. They work, but have fun: they’re “workafrolics.” They get good by practicing. They focus on a niche. They push themselves… Read more »

A Day in the Life of a Digital Nomad in Bali

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It’s Tuesday, February 4, and my alarm goes off at 6:15 am. With 6 hours sleep, I’m not happy to be awake. I mentally berate myself: should have gone to bed earlier! Not wanting to disturb my traveling companion, I slink into the bathroom. I left my computer and headphones there the night before, ready… Read more »

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

Pittsburgh hottest startup

Last night we were back in Pittsburgh for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was an awesome night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch LifeShel is empowering individuals to prevent sexual assault…. Read more »

Hate the Term “Work-Life Balance”? Here Are 10 Alternatives

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If you read the history of work-life balance, you’ll know that this debate has been going on for quite some time. But lately, society seems to be collectively wailing at the universe: why does my life feel out of control? Why do I have to work so much? Even if hearing the word “work-life balance”… Read more »

12 People Define Work-Life Balance in 1 Sentence

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Discussing work-life balance is a huge can of worms, but before we twist off the lid, it might be helpful to figure out what work-life balance is in the first place. Is it a certain number of hours worked, or a number in your bank account? Perhaps it’s a mental state? “The answer to this… Read more »

Guy Kawasaki Joins an Australian Startup as Chief Evangelist

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Today, Guy Kawasaki and Canva announced that he is joining the Sydney startup as chief evangelist, responsible for growing their global audience. Kawasaki, who was the chief evangelist at Apple from 1995-1997, is now an advisor to startups like StumbleUpon, Ustream, and TripWire. He was an early adopter of Canva, using the design platform to… Read more »

Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

Kansas City hottest startups

Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch CouponCloud, Inc - They disrupt the $14 billion… Read more »

Tune in Friday to See Dallas’s iLumi on Shark Tank

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This Friday at 9 pm, Dallas startup iLumi will reach national audiences on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. The episode has already been filmed, but cofounder Corey Egan’s lips are sealed. “Filming for the show was a surreal experience,” says Egan. “There were at least a few times when I thought to myself, ‘Is… Read more »

Watch Sheryl Sandberg on the Colbert Report [VIDEO]

Sheryl Sandberg Colbert Report

On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert – who was in the news this week for replacing David Letterman – welcomed Sheryl Sandberg to the Colbert Report. The COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, Sandberg laughed her way through the interview and managed to get her points across without seeming too serious. They talked about… Read more »