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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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9 Journalist Pet Peeves for Pitching

In November, Fractl and BuzzStream released a study on how journalists like to be pitched, based on talking to 500 writers and editors. Now, they’ve collected 50 journalist pet peeves. Reporters from sites like TechCrunch, Mashable, and Wired all weighed in, and the results ...

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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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The Top 30 Startup Accelerators Ranked

Startup accelerators have been around for almost 10 years now, and the landscape is starting to change. We’re seeing more and more international accelerators, as well as programs for niche industries and niche demographics. In Accelerate: Founder Insights into Accelerator ...

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A Ruby on Rails Bootcamp in Paradise

Location, location, location. It’s the key to many things in life, and Ruby on the Beach is hoping it will be the key to making their coding bootcamp stand out from the scores of others that are popping up all over the world. Their location is beautiful, tropical...

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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...