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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14 Questions for Finding Your Purpose in Life

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I celebrated my birthday last week, and that milestone got me thinking: what is my purpose in life? If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve (hopefully) gone through the exercise of laying down a company mission. Articulating a mission can make decisions easier, focus your efforts,…

Don’t Have a Programming Bootcamp in Your City? This One’s Online

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Programming bootcamps, which teach you to code in a matter of mere months, are hailed as an alternative to college education. The prices are cheaper, the education is more practical, and graduates are almost guaranteed jobs. But many of them share a limitation with most colleges:…

Get “The Ultimate Guide to Medium”

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When Greg Muender published a story on Medium called “Uber vs. Lyft: An Insider’s View,” he didn’t expect to earn $10,000. But that’s exactly what happened. Muender added an Uber referral code to his story, so readers who signed up would earn him a…

The 10 Fastest-Growing States for Startups

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DC and New York topped Mattermark’s list of the fastest-growing states for startups in 2014, beating out California for the top spots. While New York frequently ranks high on such lists, this is a particularly big validator for the DC area, which has seen…

6 Ways to Create More Flow at Work

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There’s a great paradox of work: even though we experience more flow at work than anywhere else, we’d usually prefer to be doing something other than work. Researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who developed the concept of flow by interviewing around 10,000 people, attributes this paradox…

The 5 Fastest-Growing Internet of Things Startups

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Put the word “smart” in front of something and it becomes an Internet of things device – a smart thermostat like Nest, a smart watch like Apple’s, or the smart fridge we’ve all been dreaming of. These devices connect to the Internet and can…

The 4 Types of Employees (and How to Motivate Them)

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Are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? What about your employees? The answer could change the way you get things done. In her new book Better Than Before, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin lays out her framework of the Four Tendencies: four different ways…

“You Kick Ass” Got Funded by Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

You Kick Ass

You Kick Ass, a tech company that turns you into an action figure, walked away with a tidy $100,000 from Mark Cuban on a recent episode of Shark Tank. Cofounders Alesia Glidewell and Keri Andrews, whose alter egos are Creatrix and Transformagirl, came onto…

Why BetterBack Raised 9,000% of Its Kickstarter Goal

BetterBack

The Kickstarter campaign for BetterBack, which promises to fix your posture in 15 minutes a day, is ending today having raised over 9,000% of its goal (over $1 million). Why? A combination of an amazing product and excellent marketing. Here’s what we can learn from its success:…

How Much Funding to Raise in Each Round

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Unless you come from the world of finance, sitting down with your startup team and figuring out how much funding to raise can be a bit daunting. Hundreds of thousands of dollars? Millions? Our brains can barely make sense of such huge amounts. If…

The 5 Fastest-Growing Seed Startups of 2014

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To succeed today, you have to anticipate the future – and the fastest-growing seed startups of 2014 are nothing if not futuristic. A cup that detects calories, an app for 24-hour friendships, a service to loan Bitcoins – all these ideas would have been…

The Ultimate Checklist for Your Startup’s Media Pitch

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You’re at your desk, ready to press Send on your media pitch, and the niggling doubts begin. Is this the best it can be? Am I missing something crucial? Once you hit Send, you can’t take it back. To give you a bit more…

The 10 Most Popular WordPress Themes

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Today, CodeGuard released its “State of the Web” infographic for Q1 2015, showing trends in the content and technology used on today’s websites. WordPress is the web’s most popular content management system, used on over 78% of websites with a CMS. The median WordPress…

4 Tips for Staying Productive While Traveling

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In the beginning of 2015, Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne gave up his apartment in San Francisco and set out to travel, hitting 11 cities in the first three months of the year. He spent up to a week in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Santa…