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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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Y Combinator’s Sam Altman Insists “Sexism in Tech Is Real” 

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On Friday, Y Combinator president Sam Altman penned a blog post called “Diversity and Startups” to explain what YC is doing to promote inclusiveness and how diverse the YC portfolio actually is. Here are some of the statistics he shared:  19.5% of the startups Y Combinator funded this year have women on the founding team (compared… Read more »

Your Startup Needs More Conflict

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At its most dangerous, a lack of conflict can be deadly. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers blames the crash of several airplanes on deferential “cockpit culture,” where copilots were too afraid to speak up about signs of danger. For startups, a lack of conflict can be deadly in a different way: deadly for your company. If… Read more »

The Tetris Effect: Is Your Knee-Jerk Reaction Negative? 

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In a study out of Harvard Medical School, participants played Tetris three days in a row for hours. What happened to them afterward became known as the Tetris Effect: “For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop dreaming about shapes falling from the sky. Others couldn’t stop seeing these shapes everywhere, even in their… Read more »

4 Reasons You Should Brave the Cold and Startup in Fargo

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If you think nothing goes on in Fargo, North Dakota, think again: organizers are expecting over 800 people for TEDxFargo: On Purpose tomorrow, followed by TEDxYouth@Fargo on Friday. As organizer Greg Tehven blogged on TED, one of the major myths about Fargo is that it’s cold all the time. Granted, it does get 52 inches… Read more »

Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

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Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study on her blog, and the most disappointing finding was how often women… Read more »

Why I Love You Is Buffer for Love Letters

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How do I love thee? Let me text the ways… Leave it to geeks to figure out how to make their love more efficient and systematized. With Why I Love You, you can schedule email or text messages telling someone why you love them – a Buffer for love letters, if you will.  Here are some… Read more »

6 Dev Jobs You Might Want to Apply For

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Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here!   We know everyone and their brother is looking for a programmer – which is good news for those of you with a newly minted coding school degree, or a knack for catching bugs. It’s a good time to be a geek…. Read more »

What 50+ Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast

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A heated discussion about the merits of the eggocado led me to wonder: what are entrepreneurs eating for breakfast? Is the stereotype of having no time to eat true – are the hustlers who need it most skipping “the most important meal of the day”? Or are they eating the breakfasts of champions? Turns out, lots… Read more »

Y Combinator Finally Releases Statistics on Its Portfolio 

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While Techstars has long been transparent about how their portfolio companies are doing, Y Combinator has kept their cards close to the chest – until now. “We get asked a lot for statistics on the YC portfolio. Even though some of these aren’t that helpful, here is the latest update on the numbers we get asked… Read more »

Get Tickets to Your Favorite Chicago Teams on Ticket Beagles

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Cubs, Bulls, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks – what’s your favorite sports team in Chicago? I’m not a big sports follower or a Chicagoan, but our CEO Frank Gruber is a diehard Cubs fanatic from Illinois. After being on the waitlist for years, he finally got seasons tickets in 2014 – so naturally, he flew from the… Read more »

What Happens When a Chinese Factory Makes Knockoffs of Your Product

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After launching their waterproof shower speakers on Amazon, FRESHeTECH started seeing a slew of negative reviews. The battery was only lasting a few days, products weren’t working, and customers were upset. Meanwhile, other customers were completely satisfied, enjoying month-long battery life and recommending the product to their friends. What was going on?  Knockoffs.  FRESHeTECH had… Read more »

Study: Successful Women Entrepreneurs Are Happier Than Men 

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According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, starting up is more of a rollercoaster for women than it is for men – with lower lows and higher highs. The report included a comparison of happiness for early-stage men and women entrepreneurs (TEA), established business owners, and non-entrepreneurs in the US:  Men’s happiness stayed relatively constant whether… Read more »

Want a New Job as a Programmer, Designer, or Product Manager?

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Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here!   Was it tough coming back to work after the 4th of July break? Maybe that’s a sign that it’s time to shake things up. If you’re looking for jobs at startups – or anywhere else – look no further than the… Read more »

Feeling Like an Imposter? Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Investors 

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Although it’s easy to believe you have to be all confidence, all the time in front of your investors, venture capitalist Bijan Sabet wants to hear about your fears. “One way I know I’ve really connected with a founder in our portfolio is when they let me in on their true fears. . . …. Read more »