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 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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The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems by Percentage of Female Founders

The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems by Percentage of Female Founders

The top 20 startup ecosystems in the world average 18 percent female founders, Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 reported last week – an improvement from 2012’s numbers but still nowhere near a gender balance. Chicago had the highest percentage of female founders in…

5 Startup Hangouts in Chicago That Aren’t Coworking Spaces

Chicago ecosystem

Where do you go if you want to meet other entrepreneurs in a casual, spontaneous, this-might-actually-lead-to-a-real-relationship way? Why, one of Chicago’s startup hangouts. You could go to a coworking space – and Chicago has many – but it’s a bit pricey if you are…

The 5 Hottest Analytics Startups of 2014

analytics startups

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing analytics startups from last year, and we wanted to know: to what do they attribute their massive growth? From their responses, it’s clear that what works for one startup doesn’t necessarily work for another. DoubleDutch (ranked #3), which focuses…

A Skateboard Made from Rocket Material

skateboard deck

These days, many commercial rockets are made using some carbon fiber, an extremely strong, light, and durable plastic. The carbon fiber that doesn’t end up in space often comes to rest in landfills – which is not just unfortunate for the environment, but a…

The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems Ranked

startup ecosystems

Silicon Valley, New York City, and Los Angeles topped the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015, a list of the best startup cities released today. A wealth of research went into this ranking, including 11,000 surveys by entrepreneurs and experts in the past five months,…

40 Companies Share Their Tips for Remote Work

Remote.co

In early July, a new resource for the remote work community launched called Remote.co. The new site is a blend of articles about remote work, a listing of remote jobs, and Q&As with remote companies. Created by FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell, it has…

Why You Need to Tell Failure Stories

failure stories

When Airbnb got rejected by 7 investors, it was undoubtedly a big blow. But today – with over $2 billion in funding under their belt – that struggle has turned into an inspiring failure story (and a bit of sweet revenge). And according to…

Robotic Latte Art Coming Soon to a Cafe Near You

ripple maker

Ah, latte art. The term holds so much promise, as if amateur Monets wait behind the counters of hipster coffee shops, eager to froth up a masterpiece on your daily caffeine. But in practice, all we get is leaf, leaf, slightly prettier leaf, heart!,…

Take a Tour of the Newest Google Campus [PHOTOS]

Google Campus Madrid

In downtown Madrid, just south of the Royal Palace, the newest Google Campus is celebrating just one month in operation. Campus.co, a Google space, is a space for entrepreneurs to work, connect, and learn. It’s an initiative of Google for Entrepreneurs, the company’s entrepreneurial…

Here’s an Update on Google’s Driverless Car Program

Google driverless car

In a talk at TED 2015, the head of Google’s driverless car program, Chris Urmson, said Google was committed to releasing this technology in less than 5 years. “We’re pretty convinced this technology is going to come to market,” he said. Google’s driverless cars…

The 18 Most-Funded Startup Industries in 2014

Mattermark - most funded industries health care

In 2014, the health care industry garnered the highest amount of venture funding and the second-highest number of venture deals: $9.74 billion invested in 1,100 deals, reported Mattermark. And it’s not surprising, with so many opportunities to improve our medical system. Filling out a…

Buffer Reveals the Best Times to Tweet

best times to tweet

In a recent analysis of almost 5 million tweets, Buffer revealed the best times to tweet to maximize clicks, retweets, favorites, and replies. A social media management platform, Buffer looked at data from 10,000 profiles tweeting between October 2010 and March 2015. To help…

Meet the Cast of Tim Draper’s “Startup U” on ABC

Startup U

Startup U, a new startup reality show featuring venture capitalist Tim Draper, is premiering on ABC Family on August 11 at 10 pm, the network announced recently. The plot? Ten students of entrepreneurship take part in a seven-week program at Draper University, learning from…

6 Unique Places to Work in Chicago

chicago places to work

Chicago is certainly not short on coworking spaces, but sometimes you need a place to work that’s a bit different. A way to change up your routine, see things from a new perspective, and get a fresh infusion of energy. This celebration of the…

5 Tips for Avoiding Stagnation (in Life and Business)

fixed mindset

“People often don’t learn the skills they need or use the skills they have,” psychologist Carol Dweck writes in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In other words, we stagnate. We stop growing, stop learning, and wonder why success eludes us. Stagnation…

Sail Around the World While Coworking on Coboat

coboat

You wake up to the rocking of the ship, then grab a delicious breakfast in the sun before launching into the day’s work. Meetings and brainstorming are interrupted only by diving and sunbathing, and you watch the sunset over drinks with your fellow coworkers….

10 Women-Friendly Tech Startups

women in startups

Ten startups released numbers showing how women-friendly they are, as part of the launch of San Francisco startup Doxa. We’re talking pay gaps, percentage of women at the company (and in tech and leadership), maternity leave, and who gets promoted. Kiva, for example, boasts…