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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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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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Find Happiness Inside This Box

Can happiness be found in material things? The common answer is no; modern-day gurus encourage us to favor experiences – a vacation or an afternoon with friends – rather than buying the latest gadget or car. (But do we listen? Hell no.) It turns...

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Startup CEO: The Loneliest Job in the World?

The presidency was dubbed the “loneliest job in the world” in 1961, when New York Times photographer George Tames snapped a black-and-white photo of President John F. Kennedy alone in the Oval Office. The US president is arguably the most powerful person in 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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Interview with 17-Year-Old Founder Kegan Abbott

Teen entrepreneur Kegan Abbott was on a quick trip to Silicon Valley, looking to recruit developers for his startup Printware, when he got some valuable advice from a homeless man. It was raining in San Jose, and a grocery store employee was trying to kick the homeless...

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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...