Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011.

Kira has been published in the Huffington Post, Social Media Monthly, The New Individualist, and 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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Recent posts by this Author

What’s the Most Important Trait for Startup Founders?

Most important trait for startup founders

Do you have the most important trait that startup founders need? In moments of doubt, you might start asking yourself if you’re qualified to be startup founder at all. As outliers hit it big and your startup is still struggling, it’s easy to wonder: am…

The 9 Industries with the Most Cyber Attacks [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Last fall saw a string of high-profile cyber attacks in quick succession. In September, about 56 million payment cards were compromised in an attack on Home Depot, which ended up costing the company $62 million. A similar thing happened to Staples in October, affecting…

7 Tips for Firing Employees

Firing employees

If CEOs and managers had to list their least favorite work tasks, firing employees might be at the top of the list. Firing is brutal for everyone involved: the deliverer of bad news, who has to honestly communicate what went wrong; the person being…

The Environmental Benefits of Remote Work

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Are you working from home on Earth Day? If so, consider your remote work a little contribution to the health of the environment. Flexjobs recently released data on the environmental benefits of remote work, including case studies of Xerox, Dell, and Aetna. Because remote workers…

The Top 6 Perks Employees Want [INFOGRAPHIC]

employee Perks

A January survey conducted by TechnologyAdvice revealed the top employee perks that workers want: Flexible schedules or remote work (31.8%) Free gym membership (24.1%) Free food or catered lunches (19.4%) Casual dress code (11.8%) Mentoring or development programs (8.6%) Recreational games like ping-pong (4.4%) (Startups,…

Do Yogis Make Better Entrepreneurs?


For years, six days a week, Yos Goodman would wake up at dawn and do two hours of yoga. But that’s not what makes him a yogi. “It’s treating life like it’s something to be explored,” says Goodman, who has been doing yoga for…

5 Reasons Your Mobile Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working

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Seven percent of Americans are “smartphone-dependent,” reports Pew Research. Their phone is literally their lifeline to the Internet, because they don’t have broadband at home and don’t have other places to go online. And let’s not forget teens, who are now growing up with smartphones….

You Won’t Be Able to Resist This Overpriced Poster on Kickstarter

Scratchy Map

I have a confession: I’ve never backed a Kickstarter campaign. (Does $1 count as backing? I did throw a dollar toward a campaign to support a friend who was doing the marketing.) A combination of being relatively frugal plus the extremely delayed gratification of…

How to Pitch Journalists about Your Startup

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Ali Tehrani had his first experience with how to pitch journalists while running a Kickstarter campaign. The typical process goes: reach out to journalists you’ve heard of, Google your competition to find more journalists, keep track of everything in a spreadsheet, and inevitably get…

76 Companies You Can Work Remotely At

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A friend of mine is a programmer who refuses to work in an office. If he interviews with a company who wants to bring him on board but won’t let him work remotely, he tells me they don’t “get it” (and declines). For many…

4 Double Standards VCs Have for Women

Surprise Ride

When sisters Donna and Rosy Khalife were raising funding for Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box for kids’ activities, mentors told them to bring on a male cofounder so it would be easier to raise funding. But they resisted this “easy” solution – they wanted…

4 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Ukraine


Although you might know Ukraine as the country that Putin invaded last year, locals see something else: a growing startup scene. Ukraine is the home country of Viewdle, which sold to Google in October 2012 for a rumored $30-45 million. Jooble started in Ukraine…

Will a Coding Bootcamp Increase Your Salary? [STUDY]

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Coding bootcamps will probably increase your salary, suggests a new study by Switchup. Switchup surveyed over 300 graduates of coding bootcamps about their experience. 59% of those graduates saw their salaries increase six months after the program, and the average increase was $23,000. Meanwhile,…

10 States with the Most Startup Employees

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In the hottest states in the country, tens of thousands of people are employed at startups – as many as 130,000 startup employees in California. One of the reasons why Barack Obama loves startups and Steve Case loves startups is because they create jobs….