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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4 Ways Gender Equality is Good for Men 

“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...


22 Communication Tools for Remote Teams 

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 13 Most Powerful Women in Tech (by Fortune) 

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...


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, ...


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...


3 Reasons to Learn Multiple Programming Languages

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 ...


5 Ways Offices Drain Productivity [STUDY]

The office is not a place for productivity, a new FlexJobs study reported. When employees want to get important work done, 76 percent of them avoid normal business hours at the office. Instead, when productivity is crucial, 50 percent of employees prefer working at...


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 ...


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...