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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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13 Things Startup Founders Aren’t Thankful For


Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude; for startup founders, that means saying thank you to the team who believes in you, the customers who support you, and the family members who put up with it all. But let’s face it: there’s a lot about startup life to not be thankful for. Although there’s no use… Read more »

17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thanksgiving Work Hours


Earlier this year, we had 19 entrepreneurs share what hours they work. But how does the Thanksgiving Day parade, a 10-pound turkey, and an apple pie coma change things up? We asked another group of entrepreneurs to share their planned work hours this Thanksgiving. I say “planned,” because I know the allure of email and… Read more »

10 Things Grumpy Cat Is Thankful For


Another Thanksgiving, another opportunity for sugary-sweet declarations of gratitude that happen exactly zero times during the rest of the year. Who do these humans think they’re fooling? Here are 10 things Grumpy Cat is genuinely thankful for: 1. “People eating so much that they pass out and leave me alone.” – Kelly Wilkerson, cofounder of… Read more »

Making Glassholes More Grateful: The Gratitude App for Glass


Eathan Janney is working on his PhD in neuroscience at the City University of New York, and every hour his Google Glass pops up an alert: “What are you grateful for?” The answer varies; it could be family, it could be learning. One day, it was the produce at the farmer’s market: Whatever it is,… Read more »

5 Things Journalists Want to See in Your Email Subject Line

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A study released yesterday by Fractl and BuzzStream asked 500 writers and editors from publications like Fast Company, Mashable, Forbes, and USA Today how they want to be pitched. I’m sure those 500 media professionals relished the opportunity to complain, as journalists often do. Luckily, complaints to them are tips for entrepreneurs – tips on… Read more »

Enroll in a Design Bootcamp So You Don’t End Up Like Airbnb


When Airbnb unveiled their new logo in July, they proudly announced the creation of the Bélo, a symbol that miraculously combines a heart, the letter A, a location pin, and someone reaching out to hug you. The universal symbol of belonging. The Internet did not agree – and they saw a miraculous combination of “all… Read more »

She Got a Tech PhD While Raising Kids in Post-Soviet Russia


In August 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing around her, single mother Hettie Dombrovskaya was in the hospital giving birth to twins. “We had the radio turned on in the delivery room,” recalls Dombrovskaya, who already had a young son. In the coming months, as the Soviet Union officially fell in December, her world… Read more »

The 10 Regions with the Most-Improved Startup Funding


For a full copy of our 40 page Accelerator Report, fill out the information boxes at the bottom of the page! Today, the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project released a ranking of the top 10 cities with the most growth in startup funding. Since their focus is on accelerators, they set out to answer this question:… Read more »

Less Pizza and Beer: Why We Need Accelerators for Women


Are traditional accelerators too male-centric? On November 5, Philadelphia accelerator DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of its DreamIt Athena program for women. DreamIt Athena is actually an accelerator within an accelerator: women founders will go through the program alongside the regular cohort, but get extra resources and programming targeted at their particular challenges. DreamIt is… Read more »

The Crippling Anxiety of Being a Startup CEO


“The hard part is waking up at 3 am in the morning just drenched in sweat, where your bed is soaked, because the anxiety is just gnawing at you even when you’re not awake.” Matt MacInnis had spent over 7 years at Apple, including time running their global market development for education, but he still… Read more »

Order Pizza or Save Your Life: A Tour of the Ford Connected Car


Ford is the Platinum Sponsor of our November 19 Miami Sessions featuring StyleSeat cofounder Melody McCloskey – join us! Next time you’re cruising around in your Mustang and get a hankering for a deep dish with pepperoni, don’t try to dial your local Domino’s. We know you have it on speed dial, but it’s still dangerous… Read more »

Check Out the Latest Openings on the Tech Cocktail Job Board


Hiring? Post a job on our board for just $79 and see it featured here on our weekly job spotlight!   With the elections this week, a lot of people lost jobs and lot of people got new jobs. Maybe that’s put you in the mood for a career change yourself? Luckily, you don’t have to be… Read more »

DreamIt Launches a Startup Accelerator for Women


Yesterday, DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of an accelerator for women founders called DreamIt Athena, which kicks off in Philadelphia next spring. DreamIt, which is ranked the #9 or #15 top startup accelerator depending whom you ask, believes they are the first top-tier accelerator to launch a program for women. “Access to a valuable network,… Read more »

Not All Women Know How to Represent “Women in Tech”


The increasing sensitivity about women in tech has led to a strange new phenomenon: all women entrepreneurs get asked about it. Women get invited to speak at conferences, and they know it’s just to “change the ratio.” And we journalists are guilty too: it’s hard to interview a female CEO without asking some vague question… Read more »