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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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One Graph That Will Make You Stop Procrastinating

Working at a startup or being self-employed brings freedom, but it also means no one is looking over your shoulder – and for procrastinators, that can be a problem. David Cain, the creator of the Raptitude blog, has coped with the combination of procrastination...

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The 18 Most Influential People in Ed Tech

Brick-and-mortar schools may be on vacation by now, but ed tech never sleeps: the education website Noodle recently compiled a list of the 18 most influential people in ed tech, and you can bet they’ll be working this summer. The list is part of...

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The 26 Biggest YouTube Trends

YouTube launched in beta in May 2005, kicking off with an 18-second clip about elephants at the zoo. That was the start of a wave of popular animal videos on the site, along with other crazy YouTube trends. Now, a social networking community of...

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2 New Programming Bootcamp Scholarships for Women

Two new programming bootcamp scholarships will award free tuition for women to attend Hack Reactor and MakerSquare Los Angeles, the coding schools announced recently. The I/Own It scholarship offers free tuition and a paid internship at Optimizely, an experience optimization ...

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14 Questions for Finding Your Purpose in Life

I celebrated my birthday last week, and that milestone got me thinking: what is my purpose in life? If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve (hopefully) gone through the exercise of laying down a company mission. Articulating a mission can make decisions easier, focus your ...

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The 5 Fastest-Growing Internet of Things Startups

Put the word “smart” in front of something and it becomes an Internet of things device – a smart thermostat like Nest, a smart watch like Apple’s, or the smart fridge we’ve all been dreaming of. These devices connect to the Internet and can...

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The 4 Types of Employees (and How to Motivate Them)

Are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? What about your employees? The answer could change the way you get things done. In her new book Better Than Before, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin lays out her framework of the Four Tendencies: four different ways...

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Why BetterBack Raised 9,000% of Its Kickstarter Goal

The Kickstarter campaign for BetterBack, which promises to fix your posture in 15 minutes a day, is ending today having raised over 9,000% of its goal (over $1 million). Why? A combination of an amazing product and excellent marketing. Here's what we can learn from its ...

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How Much Funding to Raise in Each Round

Unless you come from the world of finance, sitting down with your startup team and figuring out how much funding to raise can be a bit daunting. Hundreds of thousands of dollars? Millions? Our brains can barely make sense of such huge amounts. If...

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4 Tips for Staying Productive While Traveling

In the beginning of 2015, Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne gave up his apartment in San Francisco and set out to travel, hitting 11 cities in the first three months of the year. He spent up to a week in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Santa...

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Calculate the Cost to Build Your App with This Tool

These days, everyone and their brother (including, literally, my brother) wants to know how much it costs to turn their app idea into a reality. A new app cost calculator called HowMuchCostAnApp.com will make sure you don’t get ripped off. It works by asking...

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4 Signs Your Rockstar Employee Is an Asshole

Every startup needs a “no assholes” policy – a commitment to fire (or not hire) anyone who is disruptive, acts like a diva, and clashes with the culture. You’d think this would be obvious, but it’s not – we make excuses for these people...

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The Top 10 States with the Most Remote Workers

Remote workers are a unique breed because their choice of where to live is completely separate from their choice of job, making the world their oyster. FlexJobs recently released a ranking of the top states remote workers choose to settle in – which gives...