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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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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...

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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 ...

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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....

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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...

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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 Top 20 US Startup Accelerators Ranked

At SXSW, the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project released its 2015 ranking of the best startup accelerators, topped by AngelPad, Mucker Lab, and Techstars. The ranking, now headed up by researchers at MIT and the University of Richmond, has been evaluating accelerator programs ...

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She Cofounded a Startup While Trying to Cure Cancer

Before Boston startup Wardrobe Wake-up shut down last week, Barbra Dickerman’s daily to-do list might have looked something like this: Pick up dry cleaning Class at Harvard Pack for New York Work on curing cancer Founding a startup and going to Harvard are probably...

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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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The Top Tech Companies for Women and Minorities

Recently, I walked by a KFC restaurant in Thailand that had a sign on the window: “This KFC restaurant employs speech & hearing impaired staff. Please point out your order.” Talk about minority-friendly! Minority Engineer recently released a list of the top tech companies...