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...


4 Myths about Entrepreneurship

If I had to design a MythBusters episode on myths about entrepreneurship, a few ideas would come to mind. Have the hosts drink 4 cans of Red Bull and give them a test of cognitive function. Play a soundtrack of ambient coworking space noises...


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 ...


The Top 6 Perks Employees Want [INFOGRAPHIC]

A January survey conducted by TechnologyAdvice revealed the top employee perks that workers want: Flexible schedules or remote work (31.8%) Free gym membership (24.1%) Free food or catered lunches (19.4%) Casual dress code (11.8%) Mentoring or development programs (8.6%) ...


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 ...


How to Pitch Journalists about Your Startup

Ali Tehrani had his first experience with how to pitch journalists while running a Kickstarter campaign. The typical process goes: reach out to journalists you’ve heard of, Google your competition to find more journalists, keep track of everything in a spreadsheet, and ...


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....