37signals cofounder Jason Fried told a Tech Cocktail Sessions audience last week that Chicago shouldn’t try to imitate other successful startup scenes. “I don’t want to see Chicago try and be San Francisco or try and be New York,” he said. “That’s a mistake, it will never happen, and there’s no reason to try and… 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.
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Jason Fried, the cofounder of 37signals, concluded Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week with a critique of modern, slick web design. We’ll let Fried speak for himself: Fried: “I’m actually really interested in less perfect things these days. I think there’s a bad trend going on in web design, specifically in application design, which is everything… Read more »
At the end of 2012, NextGen Angels was still mostly a vision: a vision to create the most entrepreneur-friendly angel group in the world and support the DC startup community. Today, founder Dan Mindus is happy to report that the group had a successful 2013. NextGen Angels has funded seven DC-area companies – more than… Read more »
37signals cofounder Jason Fried joined us at Tech Cocktail Sessions last week in Chicago to discuss bootstrapping, remote work, Jeff Bezos, and more. But some of the most interesting parts were the little tidbits he let fall about life at 37signals. Here they are: 1. From May to October, 37signals has a four-day workweek. Other… Read more »
37signals, the company already known for its love of simplicity, announced at Tech Cocktail Sessions Chicago last week that they plan to simplify their product line even further in 2014. “We’ve done too much,” said cofounder Jason Fried. “Next year we’re going to slim down our product line, spin a few things off, and get… Read more »
Tonight, three or four finalist startups will be pitching for a $15,000 prize in the Ballston LaunchPad Challenge Finale. One will be crowned the next big idea in the DC area by judges like Ted Leonsis, founder of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; Aneesh Chopra, former assistant to the president and CTO; and Congressman Gerry Connolly…. Read more »
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