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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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4 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Memphis

This is part of our series on startup scenes working with UP Global community leaders around the world. See the whole series here. Memphis may be the biggest city in Tennessee, but it’s only the 20th largest in the country. And for the entrepreneurs...

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4 Reasons to Not Feel Guilty about Taking Breaks

If you’ve ever felt guilty or irresponsible for taking a break during the workday, you’re not alone. But guilt is the last thing you should feel for taking a break. Arianna Huffington was taunted for advocating naps and nap rooms, but she’s not too...

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19 Entrepreneurs Share What Hours They Work

If I had a penny for every time an entrepreneur joked about long hours, maybe I could fund your next startup. But what hours do entrepreneurs really work? Answering that question might provide some psychological relief: if you feel ashamed or guilty of not...

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Why Cowork? For Your Mental Health

This coworking series is sponsored by .CO. We thank them for their support! According to the Global Coworking Census: 2013 [PDF] by Deskwanted, there are nearly 2,500 coworking spaces in 80 countries worldwide. In the previous year, more than 750 coworking spaces opened their ...

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The Top 10 Cities for Digital Nomads

This month, as part of his 12 startups in 12 months project, digital nomad Pieter Levels of Levels.io launched NomadList, a dynamic ranking of the best cities for digital nomads. The ranking takes into account a wealth of data, giving more weight to cost...

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Your Startup Needs More Conflict

At its most dangerous, a lack of conflict can be deadly. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers blames the crash of several airplanes on deferential “cockpit culture,” where copilots were too afraid to speak up about signs of danger. For startups, a lack of conflict can...

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Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study ...