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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 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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Startup CEO: The Loneliest Job in the World?

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The presidency was dubbed the “loneliest job in the world” in 1961, when New York Times photographer George Tames snapped a black-and-white photo of President John F. Kennedy alone in the Oval Office. The US president is arguably the most powerful person in the world, but also the source of endless blame. Their decisions affect… Read more »

Coding Bootcamp Hack Reactor Acquires MakerSquare

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Today, San Francisco-based Hack Reactor announced their acquisition of Austin’s MakerSquare, their first deal in a plan to develop a network of coding bootcamps. MakerSquare, which also has a campus in San Francisco, will stay independent and start using Hack Reactor’s JavaScript curriculum. Although MakerSquare has said they won’t replace college education anytime soon, they might… Read more »

This 1 Question Can Reveal Your Ideal Career

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What seems like work to other people, but not to you? Y Combinator’s Paul Graham, ever skilled at pointing out simple but profound truths, has a question for people who don’t know what career to pursue: “What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?” He gives the example of his father, who enjoyed solving math problems in textbooks… Read more »

Social Media Affects Women’s Stress More Than Men’s

social media stress

Is social media destroying our lives or holding them together? The debate rages on, but Pew Research recently added some insight by examining how social media relates to stress for women and men. In short, hearing about the stresses of our friends and family on social media – losing their job, or getting divorced –… Read more »

7 Top Cities for Startups – Outside of Silicon Valley

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Screw the Valley. This is the title of a new book by Timothy Sprinkle, a business journalist who has written for outlets like Wired and Entrepreneur magazine. Why the harsh words? Sprinkle is speaking out against the common myth that you have to move to Silicon Valley to be successful – a myth that’s discouraging… Read more »

SparkLabKC Accelerator Announces 10 New Startups

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This week, Kansas City accelerator SparkLabKC welcomed its third class of startups into their new downtown workspace. SparkLabKC is a three-month accelerator that offers startups up to $18,000 in funding, mentorship, free office space, and other services. The program culminates with a demo day in April. Here are SparkLabKC’s 10 newest startups: College Sports USA: A social… Read more »

Don’t Be Ashamed of Wanting Work-Life Balance

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You know when you used to work at that 9-5 job and had to wait until about 5:05 to leave, just so you didn’t look like a slacker who hated their work and wanted out at 5:00 on the dot? Well, there’s a startup equivalent to that: working 9- or 10- or 11-hour days and then feeling lazy… Read more »

Interview with 17-Year-Old Founder Kegan Abbott

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Teen entrepreneur Kegan Abbott was on a quick trip to Silicon Valley, looking to recruit developers for his startup Printware, when he got some valuable advice from a homeless man. It was raining in San Jose, and a grocery store employee was trying to kick the homeless man out. So Abbott bought him a sandwich, sat down with… Read more »

This Is the Cure for Our Smartphone Addiction

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It’s finally here. The answer to our technology addiction, the smartphone that will bring us closer to others rather than drive them away. The smartphone that knows what’s important in life. It’s called the Realism smart device, and it’s only $24.95. Marketed as the “smart device for the good of humanity,” Realism looks like a… Read more »

This Tool Generates a List of Startup Investors in Your Industry and City

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Fundraising is a distracting process – so distracting that Y Combinator’s Paul Graham recommends having only one founder focus on it. One of the big distractions is actually figuring out which investors to pitch. How do you know that the investors you’re spending energy on actually care about your industry? Are they willing to invest in… Read more »

Will ’50 Shades of Grey’ Help Make 2015 the Year of Sex Tech?

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Imagine you’re an angel investor and you find an exciting new sex tech startup to fund. You arrive home at night and your wife asks how your day was – did you find any hotshot startups today? “Why yes, honey, we funded a porn company.” The problems that many sex tech startups face often boil… Read more »

How to Navigate the Land Mine of Press Embargoes

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To journalists, press embargoes are something we have to deal with, not ideal but part and parcel of the job. To entrepreneurs, press embargoes can be a land mine. A press embargo is when a company makes an announcement with the agreement that it won’t be published until a later date and time. Why are… Read more »

CES 2015: 5 Fitness Trackers That Look Like Elegant Jewelry [PHOTOS]

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If you look at the fitness trackers at 2015 International CES, you’ll probably notice a few trends. First, the design is getting better. Garmin’s new wearables, the Wellograph, the Sony SmartBand – all of these have an attention to detail and design that you wouldn’t have seen a few years ago. We hold apps to… Read more »

3 Things to Include in a Perfect Press Pitch Email

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With International CES this week, press pitch emails are flying right and left and everyone’s trying to stand out among the crowd at CES 2015. How do you make sure your startup’s story gets heard? In his ebook The Burned Out Blogger’s Guide to PR, former TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid presents his formula for an… Read more »