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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The 5 Hottest Series C Startups from 2014 

Mattermark Startup Traction Report: The 5 Hottest Series C Startups from 2014

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing Series C startups from last year in its Startup Traction Report, and they are a snapshot of modern trends. We are taking our education into our own hands, learning new skills through General Assembly and Udemy. We are pursuing…

The Top 10 Global Startup Scenes (According to a VC Firm) 

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SparkLabs, a global seed fund, today released a list of the top 10 global startup scenes in a presentation called Global Technology Trends & Startup Hubs 2015.  The list puts a heavy emphasis on whether startups in the region are exiting: selling or going public…

Richard Branson Explains How to Be Happy 

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Success isn’t what makes him happy, explains Virgin founder Richard Branson in his contribution to Dear Stranger: Letters on the Subject of Happiness (July 2015). To clarify, that means that having a billion dollars, a private island, and your very own Wikipedia page aren’t…

Sam Altman of Y Combinator: 5 Signs You’re Doing Fake Work

Sam Altman of Y Combinator: 5 Signs You’re Doing Fake Work

According to president Sam Altman of Y Combinator, most of the accelerator’s most promising startup graduates turn out “decent or bad” – because instead of doing real work, they start doing fake work. This is “The post-YC slump.” Altman defines real work as work that’s…

Are You After Money, Power, or Happiness?  

Career Calling: Are You After Money, Power, or Happiness?

In a famous psychology study, researchers talked to hospital cleaning staff about their work. Expecting to hear about drudgery and boredom, they were surprised when some people spoke of great fulfillment. These cleaners were the ones who took on extra jobs, like socializing with…

The 5 Hottest Series B Startups from 2014 

Mattermark: The 5 Hottest Series B Startups from 2014

Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing Series B startups from last year, and most of them are living up to the hype in 2015. Series B is typically the third round of funding that a startup raises, after seed and Series A.  The size of…

If Your Startup is Struggling, That Might Be a Good Sign

If Your Startup is Struggling, That Might Be a Good Sign

No successful startup was easy to build, writes entrepreneur Mathilde Collin – so if your startup is struggling, it might mean you’re onto something. As cofounder and CEO of Front, Collin has gone through many of these struggles and heard tales of others. Like…

Richard Branson’s 5 Tips for Work-Life Balance

Richard Branson’s 5 Tips for Work-Life Balance

When he’s not busy being the billionaire founder of Virgin Group and its 400 companies, Sir Richard Branson is known to have a bit of fun. You might find him partying with his family on a private island, dressing up like Che Guevara, or…

The 5 Hottest Finance Startups from 2014

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Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing finance startups from last year, and four of them happen to be bitcoin-related. Coincidence? “Traditional payment methods are sluggish, costly, and insecure compared to bitcoin. This financial technology has the potential to revolutionize the economy and make it more…

Canada Is Doing Something Radical to Support Women Entrepreneurs

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A Canadian entrepreneurial organization called SheEO is raising $1 million to support 10 female-led ventures – and the women themselves will decide how to divvy up the money. The initiative is called Radical Generosity. There are only two rules for how the money can…

The 20 Startup Ecosystems with the Most Remote Employees

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In the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, an average of 26% of startup employees work remotely, Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 reported last week – an indication of just how popular remote work is among the tech-savvy crowd. In Silicon Valley,…

12 Things Your Airbnb Host Forgot to Tell You

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First, let me say that I am a huge Airbnb fan and I’ve rarely encountered an Airbnb host I didn’t like in the 16 trips I’ve taken since 2013. The site, which lets you book short- and long-term accommodations in cities around the world,…

The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems by Engineer Salary

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The top 20 startup ecosystems in the world pay software engineers $72,000 on average, Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 reported last week – with a $118,000 average engineer salary in Silicon Valley. The seven cities with the highest engineer salaries are all in…

The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems by Percentage of Female Founders

The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems by Percentage of Female Founders

The top 20 startup ecosystems in the world average 18 percent female founders, Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 reported last week – an improvement from 2012’s numbers but still nowhere near a gender balance. Chicago had the highest percentage of female founders in…

5 Startup Hangouts in Chicago That Aren’t Coworking Spaces

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Where do you go if you want to meet other entrepreneurs in a casual, spontaneous, this-might-actually-lead-to-a-real-relationship way? Why, one of Chicago’s startup hangouts. You could go to a coworking space – and Chicago has many – but it’s a bit pricey if you are…

The 5 Hottest Analytics Startups of 2014

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Mattermark ranked the five fastest-growing analytics startups from last year, and we wanted to know: to what do they attribute their massive growth? From their responses, it’s clear that what works for one startup doesn’t necessarily work for another. DoubleDutch (ranked #3), which focuses…