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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 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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A Day in the Life of a Digital Nomad in Bali

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It’s Tuesday, February 4, and my alarm goes off at 6:15 am. With 6 hours sleep, I’m not happy to be awake. I mentally berate myself: should have gone to bed earlier! Not wanting to disturb my traveling companion, I slink into the bathroom. I left my computer and headphones there the night before, ready… Read more »

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

Pittsburgh hottest startup

Last night we were back in Pittsburgh for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was an awesome night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch LifeShel is empowering individuals to prevent sexual assault…. Read more »

Hate the Term “Work-Life Balance”? Here Are 10 Alternatives

work-life balance alternatives

If you read the history of work-life balance, you’ll know that this debate has been going on for quite some time. But lately, society seems to be collectively wailing at the universe: why does my life feel out of control? Why do I have to work so much? Even if hearing the word “work-life balance”… Read more »

12 People Define Work-Life Balance in 1 Sentence

work-life balance definition

Discussing work-life balance is a huge can of worms, but before we twist off the lid, it might be helpful to figure out what work-life balance is in the first place. Is it a certain number of hours worked, or a number in your bank account? Perhaps it’s a mental state? “The answer to this… Read more »

Guy Kawasaki Joins an Australian Startup as Chief Evangelist

Guy Kawasaki Canva

Today, Guy Kawasaki and Canva announced that he is joining the Sydney startup as chief evangelist, responsible for growing their global audience. Kawasaki, who was the chief evangelist at Apple from 1995-1997, is now an advisor to startups like StumbleUpon, Ustream, and TripWire. He was an early adopter of Canva, using the design platform to… Read more »

Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

Kansas City hottest startups

Last night we were back in Kansas City for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and we had a blast! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Kansas City’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch CouponCloud, Inc - They disrupt the $14 billion… Read more »

Tune in Friday to See Dallas’s iLumi on Shark Tank


This Friday at 9 pm, Dallas startup iLumi will reach national audiences on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. The episode has already been filmed, but cofounder Corey Egan’s lips are sealed. “Filming for the show was a surreal experience,” says Egan. “There were at least a few times when I thought to myself, ‘Is… Read more »

Watch Sheryl Sandberg on the Colbert Report [VIDEO]

Sheryl Sandberg Colbert Report

On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert – who was in the news this week for replacing David Letterman – welcomed Sheryl Sandberg to the Colbert Report. The COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, Sandberg laughed her way through the interview and managed to get her points across without seeming too serious. They talked about… Read more »

Don’t Judge Struggling Entrepreneurs So Harshly


If your startup is failing, struggling, or just taking a long time to get off the ground, your self-esteem might be taking a hit. But it shouldn’t, says entrepreneur and philosopher Alain de Botton. In a TEDGlobal talk called “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success,” de Botton outlines the societal factors that are ganging up… Read more »

The Real Takeaway from France’s Work Email “Ban”

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Despite what you may have read this week, France did not categorically ban work email after 6 pm. But they did teach us a lesson, if we’re open-minded enough to hear it: work-life balance isn’t just about the rules we have in place. A labor agreement was signed between some French employers and two workers’… Read more »

No Silly Apps Here: Meet the 10 Startups at SparkLabKC’s Demo Day


Today, Kansas City’s SparkLabKC is launching ten startups into the world at their second demo day. Startups have been working out of SparkLabKC’s office since January, with access to mentorship and up to $18,000 in capital ($6,000 per founder). At demo day, they’ll be introduced by Kansas City mayor Sly James and pitching to a… Read more »

6 Mantras for Work-Life Balance


The web is full of tips for work-life balance, some of which I’ve written myself and will be writing. And while we need tactics and tricks for negotiating the blurry lines between work and play these days, sometimes work-life balance is a mental thing. Sometimes work-life balance comes down to the way you feel. Two… Read more »

Crystal Tech Fund Announces Its First 6 Investments and Opens DC Office

Crystal Tech Fund

Today, the headquarters of Paul Singh’s Crystal Tech Fund opened in Crystal City, a neighborhood five minutes from DC. They also announced their first six portfolio companies, who will be working out of the space: Speek: A conference calling app that gets rid of PINs and phone numbers and lets you invite collaborators with a… Read more »

We’re Obsessed with Work-Life Balance, But We Totally Fail at It


When I went to a meetup on Sunday, the topic of meditation came up. To my surprise, it seemed perfectly normal: most people talked about trying it at one point or another. Meditation has gone mainstream. That’s part of a broader movement toward work-life balance, finding a sense of peace and centeredness amid our hectic… Read more »

The Walmart Legacy: An Overview of the Arkansas Startup Scene


In 1950, Sam Walton opened up a store in Bentonville, Arkansas, called Walton’s Five and Dime. His idea was to attract consumers with lower prices, and it worked. Soon, he was opening up stores throughout Arkansas, then in nearby states, then across the country and world. Walmart had around 9,000 stores as of 2011. Based… Read more »