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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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...


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...


Hacking Your Online Dating Profile: Use These Keywords

Today, 15 years after eHarmony was founded, online dating sites are trying to innovate new models that don’t involve scanning through hundreds of profiles and laughing at unfortunate typos, too-flattering photos, and the same cliche interests. Sites like How About We, for ...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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. ...


Coworking Space for Women-Only Opens in Dallas [PHOTOS]

Last Friday, an incubator and coworking space for women only launched in downtown Dallas called The Kaleidoscope for Her. The space will host events and courses for women, including one-month, two-month, and four-month programs to help them test their business ideas, get them ...


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...


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 ...


How to Make $1K/Day Selling Videos Online

Every day, entrepreneur Sean Lee makes another $1,000 from his online video subscription service, HD Piano – with no marketing, and without touching a video camera himself. Lee is a digital nomad, and he spoke on Saturday at the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai,...


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...