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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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The 25 Top VC Firms

top vc firms

As startup experts will tell you, choosing among VC firms should be as much about you liking them as them liking you. So how do you decide? Many factors might cross your mind, including: Is there a culture fit? Do our personalities and values clash? Can they provide expertise and connections, beyond the mere dollars?… Read more »

18 Top Regions for VC Funding in 2014

funding report

In 2014, $48.3 billion was invested by venture capitalists, a 61% increase in VC funding from 2013. Software received the most VC funding, accounting for $19.8 billion and almost 1,800 deals, followed by biotech ($6 billion) and media/entertainment ($5.7 billion). The most money was invested in expansion-stage companies (over 3 years old), then early-stage companies, later-stage… Read more »

9 Warm Startups Scenes to Visit


February is about that time when you get fed up with winter and want to peace out to someplace warm – sayonara, polar vortex! Luckily, many entrepreneurs can do just that, as long as you bring your laptop along with you. It’s easy to stay holed up next to your heater with a hot beverage,… Read more »

10 Companies Solving Our Transportation Problems

traffic problems

If you had to predict the future of transportation, what would you need? A lot of data, and a lot of help from entrepreneurs. That’s how Ford is approaching the problem, kicking off 2015 with 25 experiments around the globe designed to gather data and test new ideas. “We see a world where vehicles talk… Read more »

73 Startups Valued at $1 Billion or More

startup valuation

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource announced the Billion Dollar Startup Club, their updated list of startups who are valued at $1 billion or more. To be considered for the list, companies must be private, have at least one venture capital investor, and have raised money in the past four years. Startups who go… Read more »

The Top 33 Coding Bootcamps

dev bootcamp

Last night, Switchup released a list of the top coding bootcamps around the world in 2014. The list takes into account factors like reviews on the Switchup platform, price, location, and job support. You’ll also find helpful information there on how to choose the best coding bootcamp for you. (Switchup provides resources for people who… Read more »

Working Remotely Will Improve Your Sex Life

remote work

One of the benefits of working remotely is that you tend to be on your own schedule. You can take breaks when you want, have a snack, go take a walk, and…have sex? FlexJobs recently released a survey on how flexible jobs affect health, happiness, and relationships, and 42% of respondents said that a flexible job… Read more »

6 Essential Skills of Elon Musk

Elon Musk

“I worry a lot about failure, and I feel fear quite strongly,” Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk told Amy Wilkinson in an interview. “If you believe something is important enough, then even if you are scared, you still keep going.” The ability to fail is one of the entrepreneurial skills outlined in Wilkinson’s book The Creator’s Code:… Read more »

Monk Says Listening to Justin Bieber Is Evil

Justin Bieber evil

“I love Justin Bieber,” a 29-year-old Buddhist monk tells me, robed in orange, holding up his smartphone. But he thinks listening to Justin Bieber is evil – an example of “craving mind,” a Buddhist mindset of wanting and desire that ultimately leads to pain. Somehow, I (and I suspect millions of others) know exactly what he’s… Read more »

US STEM Education Is Still Mediocre

STEM Education

A recent Pew Research Center survey suggests that the American public might be a bit deluded about the quality of our STEM education. 29% of Americans still rate our K-12 STEM education as above average or the best in the world, as do 16% of scientists. Meanwhile, in a ranking of 64 countries, we place… Read more »

Complete Your V-Day Outfit with This Vibrator Necklace

Vesper vibrator necklace

Apparently, jewelry that doubles as a sex toy is a thing, and the latest creation by Crave is something called the Vesper vibrator necklace. Yes, you heard that right: it’s a vibrator for women that they can clean and hang around their necks to wear in public. “We believe that women have been underserved in… Read more »

Coworking Space for Women-Only Opens in Dallas [PHOTOS]

Kaleidoscope Women Coworking

Last Friday, an incubator and coworking space for women only launched in downtown Dallas called The Kaleidoscope for Her. The space will host events and courses for women, including one-month, two-month, and four-month programs to help them test their business ideas, get them off the ground, and grow. Depending on which option you select, membership… Read more »

3 Lists That Will Make You a Productivity Badass

To Do List

On Saturday, life coach and poet Jeff Zettel took to the stage at the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to share his three-part productivity system. It all boils down to three lists that help Zettel clarify his priorities, translate them into action, and plan his day: “Big rocks”: Goals that he wants to achieve… Read more »

Pinterest Is for White People [STUDY]


Last week, Pew Research Center reported on a study looking at which social networks are used by white, black, and Latino Internet users. Unsurprisingly, everyone overwhelmingly prefers Facebook – 73% of Latinos, 67% of blacks, and 71% of whites have an account. Beyond that, social media use seems to differ quite a bit among different races:… Read more »