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CEED is focused on empowering those who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs and those who have taken the leap but are still very early in the entrepreneurial journey. We’ve compiled a list of the resources we’ve enjoyed on our journey, please enjoy and let us know if we missed a great book, article, blog, person or video.


All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything is on the Line

(Author: Diana Kander) You will likely get only one opportunity in your life to go “all in” in on an idea: to quit your job, talk your spouse into letting you drain the savings account, and follow your dream. All In Startup will prepare you for that “all in” moment and make sure that you push your chips into the middle only when the odds are in your favor. This book holds the keys to significantly de-risking your idea so that your success appears almost lucky.

Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

(Author: Tony Hsieh) In Delivering Happiness, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, Delivering Happiness shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.

The Founder's Dilemmas

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

(Author: Noam Wasserman) Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. The Founder’s Dilemmas is the first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team.


The Lean Startup

(Author: Eric Ries) Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.


The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

(Authors: Steve Blank & Bob Dorf) Many entrepreneurs rely on this book for detailed instructions on building successful, scalable, profitable startups. The Startup Owner’s Manual guides you, step-by-step, as you put the Customer Development process to work. This method was created by renowned Silicon Valley startup expert Steve Blank, acknowledged catalyst of the “Lean Startup” movement, and tested and refined by him for more than a decade.


Brad Feld

Brad is a serial entrepreneur turned investor turned international thought leader on all things startup related. He’s a co-founder of both Techstars and the Foundry Group, and he is largely responsible for the awesome and thriving startup community in Boulder, CO.

Dan Martell

Dan Martell

Dan Martell is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Clarity, a venture backed startup that makes it easy to connect with top business minds over the phone. He previously co-founded Flowtown, a San Francisco based social marketing product which raised funding, grew to over 50,000 small business customers and was eventually acquired in 2011.

Eric Ries

Eric Ries

Eric Ries is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the author of the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned. He previously co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech and in 2009 he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. In 2010, he became an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 800 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.


Seth Godin

Seth Godin is often referred to as ‘the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age’. He is an American writer and has written around 17 books, addressing various aspects of marketing, advertising, business venturing and leadership. He is also a successful entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker.

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Steve has had a 33-year career as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program.

Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh

In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he has helped them grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. In November 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. His first book is “Delivering Happiness.”


“8 Signs You’re An Entrepreneur” by Drew Hendricks

Most people don’t grow up wanting to become an Entrepreneur, they grow into it.  I’ve found that there are 10 different signs that are very good indicators that you’re an Entrepreneur or an Entrepreneur in training.


“9 ‘Mindsets’ You Need to Switch From Employee to Entrepreneur” by Maite Baron

Mindset is probably the major determinant of success in pretty much every walk of life. In other words, the thinking patterns you habitually adopt largely govern the results you achieve.

Paul Graham

“Before the Startup” by Paul Graham

One of the advantages of having kids is that when you have to give advice, you can ask yourself “what would I tell my own kids?” My kids are little, but I can imagine what I’d tell them about startups if they were in college, and that’s what I’m going to tell you.


“Before You Quit Your Job to Become an Entrepreneur, Read This” by Rahul Varshneya

Identify the right reasons for starting your business and you’re all set to take the first steps into entrepreneurship.

American Express

“Do You Think Like An Employee Or An Entrepreneur?“ by Liz Strauss

After reading “Sober Entrepreneurship: Why Modern Entrepreneurs Won’t Succeed Under the Influence” by The New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation, Carol Roth, I reflected on how people think—people who both work for and with corporations and small business.

Tech Cocktail

“Founders Share Lean Startup Lessons For Success” by Camila Souza

Lean Startup methodology represents the order of operations touted by most startup mentors today, so it’s always beneficial to review the tenets.


“How to Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You” by Colleen DeBaise

Starting a business is a lot like becoming a parent. Not only do you have to prepare for your start-up emotionally and financially, but you have to be committed to its constant needs until it’s mature enough to hum along on its own. And even then (much like a child) it will always need you in some capacity, no matter how old it gets.

Paul Graham

“How to Start a Startup” by Paul Graham

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.


“Is Entrepreneurship for Me?” (Self-Assessment Test)

Is entrepreneurship for you? It can be, since almost anyone can become an entrepreneur. Most successful entrepreneurs have learned to do what they do, and so can you. The following exercise will help you determine approximately how entrepreneurial you tend to be.


“Questions to ask before starting a business in 2015” by Nellie Akalp

Ready to launch your own business in 2015? You’re not alone: Each year at CorpNet we see an uptick of new businesses formed in January. The New Year marks a new beginning, and what can be more fulfilling and exciting than making things happen with your own business?

Sam Altman

“How to Start a Startup” by Sam Altman

How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures, initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014.


Standford eCorner

Entrepreneurship Corner (eCorner)

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning. The mission of the project is to support and encourage faculty around the world who teach entrepreneurship to future scientists and engineers, as well as those in management and other disciplines.

This Week in Startups

This Week in Startups

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies.


1 Million Cups (Kansas City)

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present.


Kauffman FastTrac

FastTrac programs serve existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in non-academic environments. In addition, college students in their academic environment earn credit for completing courses using FastTrac materials. FastTrac has served more than 300,000 entrepreneurs since 1993. By helping entrepreneurs succeed, FastTrac programs contribute to building and sustaining strong, vibrant communities and economies.

Kauffman Founders School

Kauffman Founders School

Nurturing the next big thing. The Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship. Through lectures and a rich curriculum, they give you the skills and tools to build your idea into something big.


UMKC E-Scholars

The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (E-Scholars) is a community-wide program designed to prepare brilliant and promising entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to launch world-class ventures upon graduation. The mission of the program is to accelerate the formation of scalable, sustainable ventures.

Local Sources


Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Business Journal is your source for local business news. Get in-depth, exclusive coverage about the most important local business topics in their weekly print edition, stay on top of breaking news with their afternoon DailyUpdate email, and get briefs of top headlines every morning from their Morning Briefing.

Regional Sources

Emerging Prairie

Emerging Prairie

Emerging Prairie is a digital-media company committed to informing, connecting and activating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the upper great plains including Sioux Falls, Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks. With a primary focus on startups, technology, and innovation, we operate an online publication that highlights the entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators shaping our region’s future.


Silicon Prairie News

Silicon Prairie News is a digital media company dedicated to highlighting and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives and investors through an emerging model for grassroots entrepreneurial ecosystem development in and around Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.



Techli delivers innovation news and in-depth editorial on the technology, businesses and ideas that are changing the way we live, work, and play. They know cutting edge technologies and vanguard businesses are emerging around the world, not just in Silicon Valley.

Global Sources

Mashable Startups

Mashable Startups

Mashable is the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology. Mashable Startups reports on startup news, entrepreneurs, investors and the latest startup innovations and resources.

Mashable Tech

Mashable Tech

Mashable is the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology. Mashable Tech reports on gadgets, software, web design, web development, video games and geek culture.



PandoDaily is a web publication that offers technology news, analysis, and commentary, with a focus on Silicon Valley and startup companies.

Startup Digest

Startup Digest

Startup Digest is a media company that publishes curated email newsletters on startup events and educational content in more than 300 cities.


Tech Cocktail

Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad.



TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.



VentureBeat is the leading source for news and perspective on technology innovation. Their news, analysis, and events provide deep context to help executives, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts make smart decisions.