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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Get a Free Pass to 30+ Coworking Spaces


Starting today, Startuptravels is offering free coworking passes to over 30 coworking spaces around the world. Startuptravels has partnered with coworking spaces from San Francisco to Latvia so that travelers can have a place to work as they journey around the globe. Everyone who…

6 Questions to Change the Way You Think about Stress


The belief that stress is beneficial could lengthen your life. That was the conclusion of an eight-year study of 30,000 people and their stress. In the end, stress only increased the risk of death for people who thought it was bad. People with high…

How Breakable Are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? 


The most devoted of Apple fanboys and fangirls have had their new iPhone 6s for over a week now, but the rest of us may still be deciding: to buy or not to buy? Apple announced the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus…

4 Ways Gender Equality is Good for Men 

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“White men in Europe and the US are the beneficiaries of the single greatest affirmation action program in the history of the world. It is called the history of the world,” quips Michael Kimmel in his new TEDWomen talk. This is one of the…

6 Questions to Ask before Recruiting a Cofounder 


When Harvard Business School Professor Noam Wasserman surveyed tech and life sciences entrepreneurs, he found that the overwhelming majority – 84% – had a cofounder. Cofounders can provide the skills, connections, and emotional support that we need to succeed. In his book The Founder’s…

22 Communication Tools for Remote Teams 

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Skype or Google Hangouts? Basecamp or Asana? interviewed 60 remote companies to find out which tools they use to communicate, and the results are in. launched in July as a resource for the remote work community. The new site is a blend of…

The 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World


Last week, Reuters released its Top 100 ranking of the most innovative universities in the world, topped by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. Also included in the top 10 were several public university systems: the University of Michigan (#5), the University of Texas (#7), and…

Richard Branson Wrote a Poem about Entrepreneurship 


For his 65th year on earth, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is taking on 65 challenges – one of which is to write a poem for entrepreneurs. Challenge accepted! Sir Branson wrote a 16-line poem of rhyming couplets, expounding on his views about business….

Paul Singh Launches a Public Speaking Class for Entrepreneurs 

Paul Singh Launches a Public Speaking Class for Entrepreneurs

Paul Singh, formerly of 500 Startups and Disruption Corporation, is launching a free online public speaking course for entrepreneurs next Monday – because if there’s anything more terrifying than public speaking, it’s public speaking about your most cherished (business) baby. According to Singh, he…

The 13 Most Powerful Women in Tech (by Fortune) 

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Last week, Fortune released its annual list of the Most Powerful Women in Business – including thirteen female executives from the US tech industry. HP CEO Meg Whitman and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came in at #7 and #8, with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer…

The 5 Hottest Late-Stage Startups from 2014 

The 5 Hottest Late-Stage Startups from 2014

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing late-stage startups from last year in its Startup Traction Report. For Mattermark, late-stage refers to any funding round after Series D. The size of a late-stage round varies, but the startups below raised between $50 million and ten times…

Stress Can Be Good for You (Seriously) 

Stress Can Be Good for You (Seriously)

For years, researchers Kelly McGonigal spread the message that stress was toxic. Unsurprisingly, people weren’t too happy to hear that message. The takeaway – that if you can’t reduce your stress, you’re doomed – isn’t the most uplifting. But these days, McGonigal is spreading…

Richard Branson’s 5 Lessons on Failure 

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You can’t run a company for nearly 50 years without some massively spectacular failures, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has certainly seen his share. Maybe you’ve heard of the defunct Virgin Cola, but what about Virgin Brides? (A somewhat judgmental name for a…

Learn Entrepreneurship in Balinese Paradise [PHOTOS] 


You wake up in your Balinese villa, and have a dip in the pool before the equatorial sun climbs too high. Breakfast is ready for you afterward – organic, of course – and the day is filled with intensive, mind-expanding workshops. During meditation class,…

The 5 Hottest Series D Startups from 2014 

The 5 Hottest Series D Startups from 2014

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing Series D startups from last year in its Startup Traction Report, and the top three are all services in the sharing economy. The sharing economy refers to goods or services that are rented or borrowed among people, rather than…

Brad Feld: Investors Are Like Dungeons & Dragons Characters

Brad Feld: Investors Are Like Dungeons & Dragons Characters

In a recent Kauffman Founders School video, Foundry Group managing director Brad Feld compared venture capitalists to Dungeons & Dragons characters – to make the point that they don’t all have the same skills and levels. “I like to describe [venture capital firms] as…

3 Reasons to Learn Multiple Programming Languages

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Ten years ago, Shutterstock was loyal to one programming language and one programming language only: Perl. But times have changed. Its tech team of “die-hard” Perl developers has expanded into a multilingual team that now programs in Node.js, Ruby, Java, Python, PHP, and Objective-C….