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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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11 Startups Share Their Friday Rituals

Even if entrepreneurs have left the corporate grind, where Fridays are like an oasis in a cruel and neverending desert, the last day of the workweek still hasn’t lost its charm. But instead of counting down the minutes until 5 pm, entrepreneurs and their...

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30 Startups with the Biggest Funding Rounds in 2014

In the 2014 fiscal year, $50 billion in venture funding was invested in 5,900 companies – an average of $8.5 million per deal. Mattermark's annual report on startup activity recently ranked the biggest funding rounds from 2014, and many startups raised much more than ...

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The 25 Top VC Firms

As startup experts will tell you, choosing among VC firms should be as much about you liking them as them liking you. So how do you decide? Many factors might cross your mind, including: Is there a culture fit? Do our personalities and values...

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Meet the Female Version of Elon Musk

Jane Poynter wants to invite you to sip a cocktail at the edge of space, peacefully ensconced in her elegant, balloon-powered capsule that will float customers outside the earth’s atmosphere and back – almost 20 miles high – starting around 2016. This project, ...

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Peter Thiel Joins Y Combinator as a Partner

Last night, Y Combinator president Sam Altman announced in a blog post that PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel would be joining the team as a part-time partner. Thiel, who was the first outside investor in Facebook and also cofounded Palantir, is known lately for creating...

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7 Free Tools for Being a Digital Nomad

I became a digital nomad in 2011, before “digital nomads” were a thing (or at least before they were a thing I knew about). Luckily, there’s more and more awareness about the digital nomad lifestyle these days, which means entrepreneurs are starting to build...

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11 Places to Meet Social Good Entrepreneurs at SXSW 

Amidst the free alcohol and sticky barbecue, SXSW 2015 offers you the chance to connect with entrepreneurs who are truly making a difference at SXgood. SXgood is a collection of events, meetups, and, yes, parties to connect, inspire, and educate social good entrepreneurs. The...

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The Top 33 Coding Bootcamps

Last night, Switchup released a list of the top coding bootcamps around the world in 2014. The list takes into account factors like reviews on the Switchup platform, price, location, and job support. You’ll also find helpful information there on how to choose the...

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6 Entrepreneurs Share Their Good Luck Rituals

In a 2014 survey of entrepreneurs, they ranked luck as the least important factor in their success, behind talent, experience, education, and hard work. So what role does luck play in entrepreneurship? Some people prefer to say that the harder you work, the luckier...

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10 Innovations Solving Our Transportation Problems

If you had to predict the future of transportation, what would you need? A lot of data, and a lot of help from entrepreneurs. That’s how Ford is approaching the problem, kicking off 2015 with 25 experiments around the globe designed to gather data...

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73 Startups Valued at $1 Billion or More

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource announced the Billion Dollar Startup Club, their updated list of startups who are valued at $1 billion or more. To be considered for the list, companies must be private, have at least one venture capital investor,...

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6 Essential Skills of Elon Musk

“I worry a lot about failure, and I feel fear quite strongly,” Tesla and SpaceX's Elon Musk told Amy Wilkinson in an interview. “If you believe something is important enough, then even if you are scared, you still keep going.” The ability to fail...