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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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


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…

Send Your Video Pitch to Investors on Founderfox


At the beginning of June, Founderfox launched their app to let startups send their video pitches to investors and press. To get things started, they also uploaded their own one-minute pitch. Less than a week later, the Seattle startup raised $400,000 – from an…

The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

startup success

In his TED2015 talk, Idealab founder Bill Gross asks the audience to guess which factor is most important to startup success: Idea Team: How well you execute and adapt Business model: Your path to generating revenue Funding Timing: How early or late you are….

This Site Lists 1-Year Startup Jobs Around the World

Jobbatical startup jobs

One of the biggest obstacles to traveling and working – or being a “digital nomad” – is finding a job that allows remote work. But what if you could find work in your destination country? Not as an English teacher, but in a real,…

You’re Using Your Calendar Wrong

productivity calendar

If your calendar is full of meetings and not much else, explains Mike Monteiro, you’re using your calendar wrong. The essence of productivity is knowing what you have to do, deciding when to do it, and then having the follow-through to execute. Depending on…

Do You Have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

growth mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck starts out her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success with a story that’s too cute not to share. She recounts an experiment where she gave puzzles to 10-year-olds – first easy ones, then hard ones. “Confronted with the hard puzzles,…

Here’s the Most Popular Startup Industry in Each State

New Mexico startups

“Do I have to move to Silicon Valley?” As an aspiring entrepreneur, it’s tempting to ask this question. If Silicon Valley is the place to be, with all the resources and connections an entrepreneur could need, am I just shooting myself in the foot…

A Challenge to Accelerators: Fund 33% Women Founders

Athena Pledge

Barnard College recently issued a challenge to the accelerators, incubators, and investors of the world: make sure one out of every three startups you fund has a woman founder. Called the Athena Pledge, this initiative is designed to support women in entrepreneurship and help…

5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chicago

Chicago startups

If you’re not from Chicago, the extent of your Chicago knowledge might boil down to deep-dish pizza and “My Kind of Town.” But look a little closer, and you’ll find a thriving technology scene – and some damn good reasons to startup in Chicago….

The 5 Hottest Enterprise Software Startups

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Founded in 2011 by a team of ex-Yahooers, enterprise software startup Hortonworks wanted to spread the open-source Hadoop framework and make a profit while doing it. Their goal is to help big companies make sense of all their data and turn it into money-making…

This Guy’s Beard Fell Out from Working Too Much

Jason Lengstorf

Designer and developer Jason Lengstorf was working 80-hour weeks designing websites for clients in 2012, when his beard started falling out. “Patches of my beard started to turn white. The whiskers became ultra-fine. Then they fell out altogether. Shortly afterward, I lost my ability…

15 US Cities with the Most Startup Activity

startup activity

Austin beat out Silicon Valley’s San Jose and San Francisco as the US city with the most startup activity, in 2015 Kauffman Index data released last week. The Kauffman Index is an annual look at startup activity across US cities and states by the entrepreneurship-focused…