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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Recent posts by this Author


The Science Behind the Watercooler Break

Thanks to remote work and freelancing, the office watercooler break is no longer as ubiquitous as it once was. We take breaks by surfing Facebook, watching YouTube videos, or breaking out our Kindles (or is that just me?). But science gives us some compelling...


10 Rituals for Remote Teams

Remote teams have freedom and flexibility, but they’re also at risk for disconnection and discontent. But because you don’t see your team in person, these problems can linger unnoticed and impact productivity and morale. Our team at Tech.Co is mostly remote, and we have...


20 Best Cities to Start a Business In

San Francisco regularly tops lists of the best cities to start a business, but you won’t find it on the top of this list – in fact, it’s #130/150. WalletHub just announced 2015’s Best Cities to Start a Business, their ranking of the 150...


7 Tips for Firing Employees

If CEOs and managers had to list their least favorite work tasks, firing employees might be at the top of the list. Firing is brutal for everyone involved: the deliverer of bad news, who has to honestly communicate what went wrong; the person being...


The Environmental Benefits of Remote Work

Are you working from home on Earth Day? If so, consider your remote work a little contribution to the health of the environment. Flexjobs recently released data on the environmental benefits of remote work, including case studies of Xerox, Dell, and Aetna. Because remote ...


Do Yogis Make Better Entrepreneurs?

For years, six days a week, Yos Goodman would wake up at dawn and do two hours of yoga. But that’s not what makes him a yogi. “It’s treating life like it’s something to be explored,” says Goodman, who has been doing yoga for...


5 Reasons Your Mobile Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working

Seven percent of Americans are “smartphone-dependent,” reports Pew Research. Their phone is literally their lifeline to the Internet, because they don’t have broadband at home and don’t have other places to go online. And let’s not forget teens, who are now growing up ...


76 Companies You Can Work Remotely At

A friend of mine is a programmer who refuses to work in an office. If he interviews with a company who wants to bring him on board but won’t let him work remotely, he tells me they don’t “get it” (and declines). For many...


4 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Ukraine

Although you might know Ukraine as the country that Putin invaded last year, locals see something else: a growing startup scene. Ukraine is the home country of Viewdle, which sold to Google in October 2012 for a rumored $30-45 million. Jooble started in Ukraine...


10 States with the Most Startup Employees

In the hottest states in the country, tens of thousands of people are employed at startups – as many as 130,000 startup employees in California. One of the reasons why Barack Obama loves startups and Steve Case loves startups is because they create jobs....


Why Your Employees Want to Quit

About 10 months into my first job after college, my supervisor came into my office and delivered the news: she was going to quit, and I would probably be promoted. It was bittersweet, because I had to admit that I was going to quit...


The 10 Fastest-Growing Startup Industries in 2014

Cloud is old news, right? Think again – cloud computing topped Mattermark‘s list of the fastest-growing startup industries in 2014, far ahead of the pack. Mattermark measures industry growth by looking at the growth of individual startups, taking into account ...


8 Entrepreneurs Share Their Rituals for Happy Meetings

Are happy meetings an oxymoron? Not if you take a cue from these startups and their awesome meeting rituals. Our hatred of meetings is longstanding and, honestly, cliche at this point. GiveMore, for example, surveyed 1,600 people and enumerated our top 10 meeting frustrations....


5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is often called the top destination for digital nomads, but what’s so special about Thailand’s fourth-largest city? I spent two months there to find out (and escape the winter, of course). Located 435 miles north of Bangkok – just a one-hour flight...