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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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I Talked to Thai Monks About Our Technology Addiction

“I love Justin Bieber,” a 29-year-old Buddhist monk tells me, robed in orange, holding up his smartphone. But he thinks listening to Justin Bieber is evil – an example of “craving mind,” a Buddhist mindset of wanting and desire that ultimately leads to pain. ...

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3 Lists That Will Make You a Productivity Badass

On Saturday, life coach and poet Jeff Zettel took to the stage at the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to share his three-part productivity system. It all boils down to three lists that help Zettel clarify his priorities, translate them into action, and...

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Pinterest Is for White People [STUDY]

Last week, Pew Research Center reported on a study looking at which social networks are used by white, black, and Latino Internet users. Unsurprisingly, everyone overwhelmingly prefers Facebook – 73% of Latinos, 67% of blacks, and 71% of whites have an account. Beyond ...

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The 10 Easiest Cities to Find a Job In

Do you have a sense of how easy it is to find a job in your city? Although entrepreneurs may see themselves as outside the corporate grind, knowing the state of the local job market can be useful. ZipRecruiter released a ranking of the 10 best...

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10 Signs of Smartphone Addiction

Is smartphone addiction something we should be laughing about? Yes and no. I once heard a wise Buddhist nun give a talk to a huge audience. She explained one of our big problems: we go about our lives assuming that everyone and everything –...

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DreamIt Ventures Kicks Off Its Program for Women

This week, startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures kicked off its Winter 2015 class in Philadelphia and the first run of its accelerator for women, DreamIt Athena. Announced in November, DreamIt Athena is a special program for women-led startups. Companies selected join the regular ...

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The Most Sustainable Tech Companies in the World

The Global 100, a ranking of the most sustainable corporations in the world, was released last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This annual ranking has been compiled by Corporate Knights Capital since 2005 and judges corporations on 12 metrics: Energy productivity:...

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The Grillbot Is a Roomba for Your Grill

The Super Bowl has been around since 1967, but the American tradition of grilling is even older. Handed down to us by generations past, we perfected the art form starting with the first portable gas grills in the 1950s. Today, grilling adherents around the...

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Coding Bootcamp Hack Reactor Acquires MakerSquare

Today, San Francisco-based Hack Reactor announced their acquisition of Austin’s MakerSquare, their first deal in a plan to develop a network of coding bootcamps. MakerSquare, which also has a campus in San Francisco, will stay independent and start using Hack Reactor’s ...

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This Is the Cure for Our Smartphone Addiction

It’s finally here. The answer to our technology addiction, the smartphone that will bring us closer to others rather than drive them away. The smartphone that knows what’s important in life. It’s called the Realism smart device, and it’s only $24.95. Marketed as the...

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The 7 Best Goal-Setting Apps

You’ve undoubtedly seen the abysmal statistics on how terrible we are at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Well, these top goal-setting apps might just give you a fighting chance – starting in January or whenever you have an important goal to achieve. The problem with...