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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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...


The 5 Hottest Finance Startups from 2014

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 ...


12 Things Your Airbnb Host Forgot to Tell You

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

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 ...


The 5 Hottest Analytics Startups of 2014

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 ...


The Top 20 Startup Ecosystems Ranked

Silicon Valley, New York City, and Los Angeles topped the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015, a list of the best startup cities released today. A wealth of research went into this ranking, including 11,000 surveys by entrepreneurs and experts in the past five months,...


40 Companies Share Their Tips for Remote Work

In early July, a new resource for the remote work community launched called The new site is a blend of articles about remote work, a listing of remote jobs, and Q&As with remote companies. Created by FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell, it has...


Take a Tour of the Newest Google Campus [PHOTOS]

In downtown Madrid, just south of the Royal Palace, the newest Google Campus is celebrating just one month in operation., a Google space, is a space for entrepreneurs to work, connect, and learn. It’s an initiative of Google for Entrepreneurs, the company’s ...