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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 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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17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Christmas Work Hours


On Thanksgiving, we confirmed the fact that entrepreneurs are work addicts and love to check their email between bites of turkey. But is the same thing true of Christmas? Is nothing sacred in this world? Not quite. When I asked entrepreneurs whether they’d be working on Christmas and Christmas Eve, I got a whole lot… Read more »

9 Journalist Pet Peeves for Pitching


In November, Fractl and BuzzStream released a study on how journalists like to be pitched, based on talking to 500 writers and editors. Now, they’ve collected 50 journalist pet peeves. Reporters from sites like TechCrunch, Mashable, and Wired all weighed in, and the results are clear: we’re a cynical, frustrated, and unforgiving bunch. Here are 9 of… Read more »

6 Quotes to Bust Startup Stress


How do you combat startup stress when it threatens to overwhelm you? We’ve written before about ways that can help, including getting to the root of stress, getting involved in your startup community, and disconnecting. But sometimes, you don’t have time. You might just have two minutes between meetings, not enough to get comfortable and… Read more »

4 Viral Christmas Videos to Give You Some Holiday Cheer


Whether you want to laugh, cry, or sing along, here are four of the latest viral Christmas videos that everyone is talking about: 1. Grocery store symphony If all the lights went off at your grocery store and the cashiers started playing “Jingle Bells” on their scanners, would you be annoyed? These people weren’t. (Edeka… Read more »

What Your Job Says about Your Sex Life


Clover, a dating app for meeting people nearby, just released an infographic analyzing whether your profession predicts your relationship preferences: a hookup, something casual, long-term, or just friends. The data come from their users, who enter what kind of relationship they’re looking for. Among the findings that are relevant to the tech space: Engineers prefer… Read more »

Investors Told Her: We Don’t Fund Female Concepts


Last year, Brideside was in talks with a large angel network, hoping to raise funding from them. After sharing information about their business over email and by phone during the due diligence process, they got the bad news: the angels weren’t going to invest. Co-CEO Nicole Staple recounts the gist of their rejection: “We represent a… Read more »

What Happens When Your Startup Gets Sued by UHaul


HireAHelper cofounder Mike Glanz was sitting in Carl’s Jr. when UHaul served him a lawsuit: a giant stack of papers that would determine his fate for the next three years. “It was unreal at first. It was almost a proud moment – look at how well we’ve done that they think they need to sue us,”… Read more »

Your Employees Are Secretly Unhappy


Henry David Thoreau told us that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Could that also be said of your employees? TINYpulse is a tool for companies to get anonymous weekly feedback through employee surveys. After collecting over 200,000 responses from over 500 organizations, they started to see some disturbing trends. For example: 79%… Read more »

Happy Birthday Rachel Sklar!


Today is the 42nd birthday of Rachel Sklar, cofounder of Change the Ratio and, role model for powerful women the world over, and all-around badass – happy birthday Rachel! Sklar was born in Toronto and studied law, then went on to a career in media. She spent time as a freelance writer and Huffington… Read more »

Watch One of the Largest LEGO Christmas Trees Being Built [VIDEO]


The largest LEGO Christmas tree in the southern hemisphere is now standing in Sydney, Australia, outside the Pitt Street Mall. It will be delighting shoppers from now until December 26 with a nightly light show, and you can also check out larger-than-life candy canes and ornaments, a huge star, and a koala Santa. Watch the… Read more »

How Cheezburger Almost Wasted All Their Funding


Instead of issuing some fluffy press release about how wonderful the new Cheezburger app is, CEO Ben Huh got personal about his journey in a Medium post called “Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life” – including guilt over an employee’s death, self-doubts, and almost quitting. “To me, this release is my redemption,” he writes. “Every new… Read more »

This Programming Bootcamp Is in Tropical Costa Rica [PHOTOS]


In the race to recruit students, programming bootcamps are offering some insane perks. First it was guaranteed job placement or your money back; now, it’s tropical settings and luxurious accommodations? Weeks after Ruby on the Beach announced a new bootcamp in beautiful Bali, an organization called GoCode is publicizing their Python and Django bootcamp in Costa… Read more »

The First Text Message Was Sent 22 Years Ago Today


As it turns out, 1992 wasn’t all that different from today. We were already sending text messages, celebrating Christmas way too early, and communicating with our colleagues at all hours. On December 3, 1992, 22-year-old Sema Group engineer Neil Papworth sent the first text message. It was sent from his computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone… Read more »

4 Reasons You Can’t Find a Tech Cofounder


In “How to Start a Startup without Ruining Your Life,” startup advisor Rik Lomas provides his how-to guide to starting up for new founders. He goes over everything from naming and design to team-building and fundraising to sales, marketing, and more. But one of the sections that sticks out is “How to find a tech cofounder.”… Read more »