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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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How to Navigate the Land Mine of Press Embargoes

To journalists, press embargoes are something we have to deal with, not ideal but part and parcel of the job. To entrepreneurs, press embargoes can be a land mine. A press embargo is when a company makes an announcement with the agreement that it...

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The 6 Top European Cities for Startups

Today, Rocket Internet-backed startup NestPick released a list of the top six European cities to start a startup. NestPick provides Airbnb-like functionality for international students looking for medium- and long-term accommodations. Their top six picks are based on their ...

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What Happens When Your Startup Gets Sued by UHaul

HireAHelper cofounder Mike Glanz was sitting in Carl’s Jr. when UHaul served him a lawsuit: a giant stack of papers that would determine his fate for the next three years. “It was unreal at first. It was almost a proud moment – look at how...

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DreamIt Launches a Startup Accelerator for Women

Yesterday, DreamIt Ventures announced the launch of an accelerator for women founders called DreamIt Athena, which kicks off in Philadelphia next spring. DreamIt, which is ranked the #9 or #15 top startup accelerator depending whom you ask, believes they are the first top-tier ...

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How Entrepreneurship Screws Up Your Life

I’ve always thought being a CIA agent or some other top-secret government operative would be a lonely thing. After all, when anyone asks what you do, you have to be evasive or make up some much more boring job. You can’t unload about work or work...

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How to Plug into the Startup Scene in a New City

As a digital nomad covering startup scenes around the world, I often land in a new city and have to get connected to local entrepreneurs for interviews. I’ve tried various methods, from searching for coworking spaces and startup organizations to asking for introductions to...

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17 Things Only Accelerator Graduates Understand

Accelerators are the entrepreneurial equivalent of band camp – away from reality, stuck with your peers for all hours of the day, putting up with dubious living and culinary conditions. But there’s no more tightly-knit group than the marching band kids, right? After ...

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7 Harsh Realities about Startup Accelerators

The human imagination is an incredibly buggy piece of software, because it’s very selective. If you’re pondering whether to apply for startup accelerators, you might sit back in your office bean bag chair and think about getting into Y Combinator or Techstars, wooing ...