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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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Here’s an Update on Google’s Driverless Car Program

In a talk at TED 2015, the head of Google’s driverless car program, Chris Urmson, said Google was committed to releasing this technology in less than 5 years. “We’re pretty convinced this technology is going to come to market,” he said. Google’s driverless cars...

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The 18 Most-Funded Startup Industries in 2014

In 2014, the health care industry garnered the highest amount of venture funding and the second-highest number of venture deals: $9.74 billion invested in 1,100 deals, reported Mattermark. And it’s not surprising, with so many opportunities to improve our medical system. ...

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Buffer Reveals the Best Times to Tweet

In a recent analysis of almost 5 million tweets, Buffer revealed the best times to tweet to maximize clicks, retweets, favorites, and replies. A social media management platform, Buffer looked at data from 10,000 profiles tweeting between October 2010 and March 2015. To help...

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Meet the Cast of Tim Draper’s “Startup U” on ABC

Startup U, a new startup reality show featuring venture capitalist Tim Draper, is premiering on ABC Family on August 11 at 10 pm, the network announced recently. The plot? Ten students of entrepreneurship take part in a seven-week program at Draper University, learning from...

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6 Unique Places to Work in Chicago

Chicago is certainly not short on coworking spaces, but sometimes you need a place to work that’s a bit different. A way to change up your routine, see things from a new perspective, and get a fresh infusion of energy. This celebration of the...

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5 Tips for Avoiding Stagnation (in Life and Business)

“People often don’t learn the skills they need or use the skills they have,” psychologist Carol Dweck writes in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In other words, we stagnate. We stop growing, stop learning, and wonder why success eludes us. Stagnation...

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Sail Around the World While Coworking on Coboat

You wake up to the rocking of the ship, then grab a delicious breakfast in the sun before launching into the day’s work. Meetings and brainstorming are interrupted only by diving and sunbathing, and you watch the sunset over drinks with your fellow coworkers....

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10 Women-Friendly Tech Startups

Ten startups released numbers showing how women-friendly they are, as part of the launch of San Francisco startup Doxa. We’re talking pay gaps, percentage of women at the company (and in tech and leadership), maternity leave, and who gets promoted. Kiva, for example, boasts...

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Send Your Video Pitch to Investors on Founderfox

At the beginning of June, Founderfox launched their app to let startups send their video pitches to investors and press. To get things started, they also uploaded their own one-minute pitch. Less than a week later, the Seattle startup raised $400,000 – from an...

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The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

In his TED2015 talk, Idealab founder Bill Gross asks the audience to guess which factor is most important to startup success: Idea Team: How well you execute and adapt Business model: Your path to generating revenue Funding Timing: How early or late you are....

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You’re Using Your Calendar Wrong

If your calendar is full of meetings and not much else, explains Mike Monteiro, you’re using your calendar wrong. The essence of productivity is knowing what you have to do, deciding when to do it, and then having the follow-through to execute. Depending on...

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A Challenge to Accelerators: Fund 33% Women Founders

Barnard College recently issued a challenge to the accelerators, incubators, and investors of the world: make sure one out of every three startups you fund has a woman founder. Called the Athena Pledge, this initiative is designed to support women in entrepreneurship and help...

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5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chicago

If you’re not from Chicago, the extent of your Chicago knowledge might boil down to deep-dish pizza and “My Kind of Town.” But look a little closer, and you’ll find a thriving technology scene – and some damn good reasons to startup in Chicago....

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This Guy’s Beard Fell Out from Working Too Much

Designer and developer Jason Lengstorf was working 80-hour weeks designing websites for clients in 2012, when his beard started falling out. “Patches of my beard started to turn white. The whiskers became ultra-fine. Then they fell out altogether. Shortly afterward, I lost my ...

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15 US Cities with the Most Startup Activity

Austin beat out Silicon Valley’s San Jose and San Francisco as the US city with the most startup activity, in 2015 Kauffman Index data released last week. The Kauffman Index is an annual look at startup activity across US cities and states by the entrepreneurship-focused...