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ExitEvent intern Caitlin Grimes contributed.

Over the last year, a handful of local startup leaders have published books offering advice or insights from their personal entrepreneurial journeys. Podcast and video have become increasingly popular mediums for discussion and conversation between entrepreneurs as well.

There was enough activity for us to start keeping track of local authors and content creators, in hopes of eventually publishing a list of people in our startup community positioning themselves as thought leaders for startups and startup workers in various industries and disciplines. Here's what we've got so far. Please email laura@exitevent.com with any additions.


Dan Heath is a Durham-based fellow at the Duke University CASE Center and co-author of a series of bestselling business books with his brother Chip. Their book Switch, in particular, was named one of the best nonfiction bestsellers of 2010 and spent 47 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Dan and his brother have had their books translated into over 30 languages.
Dan Ariely: Irrationally Yours (and other books) 
Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, where a team of researchers work with major brands to better understand consumer behavior. Using the help of a New York Times cartoonist, Ariely expands on stories from his advice column that was featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of numerous other books such as Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.  

Annie Franceschi: Skip to Action: 22 Free and Meaningful Ways to Start Your First Small Business Right Now
Annie Franceschi is the owner and creative director for Greatest Story Creative, located in Durham. Borrowing from lessons learned working for Disney in California, she helps businesses tell their stories and celebrate what makes them unique. Franceschi published a free ebook earlier this year, diving into the issues and fears she faced at the start of her own business. She aims to use her experiences to help other entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls. 

Chris Heivly Build the Fort Talk at Duke TEDx
Chris Heivly: Build the Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned As a 10-Year-Old Can Set You up for Startup Success 
Chris Heivly published his first book in 2015, while also blogging for Inc. and at heivly.com. Dubbed “The Startup Whisperer”, Chris was part of the team that built MapQuest in the 1990s and more recently has led the Durham startup accelerator The Startup Factory and Big Top event series. The book is aimed to help anyone take the first steps of turning an idea into a business. At Heivly.com, Chris shares other tips, advice and motivation for budding startup founders. 
Randy Nelson, The Second Decision
Randy Nelson is author of the Amazon bestseller “The Second Decision”, a book for entrepreneurs trying to build successful businesses based on their ideas. He says that the first decision is to be an entrepreneur, but the second should be to be a qualified entrepreneur. And he suggests how to do it based on his experiences in the military and then founding veteran recruiting firm Orion International and technical services and staffing agency NSTAR Global Services, where he served as CEO for until 2012. Nelson is also a founding member of the Entrepreneurs Organization in Raleigh. He plans to publish subsequent books on other key decisions entrepreneurs make while building successful businesses. 

Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst, Delivers Keynote Address at All Things Open
Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst, Delivers Keynote Address at All Things Open
The Red Hat CEO's book looks at how transparency, collaboration and a community focus make organizations successful in an increasingly open and technological world, borrowing from the growth of Red Hat. Whitehurst also blogs regularly for opensource.com, a media site operated by the software company.

A Carrboro serial EdTech entrepreneur, Cobb writes about the continuously evolving online learning industry in this book, published in 2013. He suggests ways to start an online education business, and how to integrate lifelong learning programs into business. A 21-episode podcast series goes along with the book.
David GardnerThe Startup Hats
The Startup Hats is meant as a practical and specific guide for entrepreneurs starting their first businesses. The book walks readers through the many hats they’ll wear while starting a business, from manager to salesman to banker and more. Gardner is a seven-time startup entrepreneur who now spends his time advising and investing in early stage Triangle-based companies. He's also the managing partner of Cofounders Capital in Cary. 
Joe Procopio, The Independent Life and It’s All Nonsense 
Joe Procopio puts lessons learned over his years of building startups into a pair of e-books available on Amazon, and a blog, where he publishes insights on startups, entrepreneurship and life in general a couple times a week. Procopio is chief product officer at Automated Insights, which was acquired a year ago for more than $100 million, as well as founder of ExitEvent, which he sold to American Underground in 2014. 

The pair behind Canvas On Demand, which eventually sold to Cafe Press for $54 million in 2010, published this book to tell the real story behind their "glamorous" exit. 

The founder of Red Hat (who's now leading lulu.com and PrecisionHawk) co-authored this book about the early days of the open source movement in 1999, the year Red Hat went public (when he was still CEO). It includes interviews with early leaders of the open source movement and the creator of Linux. 

The HQ Raleigh and Forward Impact co-founder co-authored a book in 2008 about entrepreneurship based on interviews with 55 business and social entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. The book earned positive reviews by Publishers Weekly and Entrepreneur Magazine and lots of national media attention. 

A doctor and assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University, Damon Tweedy has interesting insights on race and the healthcare system, based on his own own experience as a black man studying and practicing medicine. His book, published in 2015, was met with rave reviews from the New York Times, TIME, Entertainment Weekly and others. 

Spoonflower, is a Durham startup that lets customers design their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap and have it digitally printed on those textiles and shipped to their homes. To help customers with their DIY projects, in 2015, Spoonflower published this book of step-by-step tutorials to help people turn their ideas into real creative projects. 

Video series 

This video interview series was created by recent NC State grads and ThinkHouse participants Kyle Sheats and Jared Childs. The two entrepreneurs sit down and talk with other local entrepreneurs over a pint or two. Recent interviews feature Leigh-Kathryn Bonner of Bee Downtown and Tatiana Birgisson of Mati Energy. Childs is the founder of Pitch and Primer, an online (and soon to be bricks and mortar) shop for the modern man. Sheats is the co-founder of Pompano Print Co., a Raleigh screen printing business. 

The videos from these live events at Research Triangle Park are worth the watch. Each month, RTP asks innovators and leaders in a variety of industries and disciplines to share short presentations about their work. Topics range from Makers & DIYers to Storytelling to AgBio to STEM in the Triangle. The events happen monthly and videos are published not long after.


350 ThirdThe impact of the Internet on business 
Raleigh tech gurus Scott Barstow and Anders Brownworth cover topics like the disruptive nature of bitcoin and impact of drones on society in this monthly podcast. Brownsworth is the vice president of research and development for the hybrid wifi/smartphone carrier, Republic Wireless, which is owned by Bandwidth. Barstow previously served as Bandwidth’s chief technology officer and head of its Bandwidth Labs initiative. Now, he’s a venture partner at Sovereign’s Capital and CEO of Rocket Hangar, a consulting firm located in Raleigh. 
Jason & Scot Show
ChannelAdvisor founder and chairman Scot Wingo and a co-host explore the latest innovation in e-commerce and shopper marketing in this weekly show. The podcast covers general topics such as the “future of retail” along with profiling specific companies like Amazon. Scot, who’s based in the Triangle, is joined by Jason Goldberg, senior vice President of commerce and marketing for Razorfish and creator of the “retailgeek” blog. 

Victor Jimenez is a podcast entrepreneur, a business coach and a cycling enthusiast based in Chapel Hill. While a lot of his time is spent on the Cycling 360 podcast for cycling enthusiasts, he also hosts this podcast, featuring entrepreneurs and creative individuals from a variety of sectors. 
Hosted by Allyson Sutton of HQ Raleigh and Ryan Finch of Leadership exChange, this podcast highlights local individuals and businesses that are helping the Triangle become one of the top five places in the country for innovation and entrepreneurship. The most recent show provided a 2015 year in review by Bobby Ocampo from DC-based Revolution Ventures, as well as leaders at Mati Energy, Archive Social, Pendo and Undercover Colors.
Tales from the Cask is a weekly podcast about craft beer produced by Mims Distributing and hosted by Chip Mims, Tony Walldroff and Jennifer Balik. All three hosts work in the beer industry and host the podcast from a little bar in Raleigh. 

Michael Penney is a military veteran who works to inspire other military veterans to add value in the world, while telling their stories via a website, blog and podcast. Penney recently shared his story at TEDxRaleigh, and is a member of the inaugural class of Bunker Labs. 

Greg Hill is an Durham entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker who publishes a weekly podcast aimed to inspire minorities to fulfill their passion and purpose in business and in life. Recent guests include comedian Darren Brand and Travel Noire founder and Forbes 30 Under 30 winner Zim Ugochukwu.

This biweekly podcast is produced by a group of Tabletop game designers who have been meeting regularly since April 2013. The podcast covers useful information for anyone new to game design, or hoping to stay fresh on their skills.

Produced and hosted by Lee Anne McClymont of Radiocentrix in Carrboro, this weekly podcast/radio show features women in entrepreneurial roles across the Triangle. Recent guests include Erin Weston of Weston Farms in Garner and Ricci Wolman, founder of Written Word Media in Durham.

919 Beer  
The 919 Beer Podcast is all about building, engaging and educating beer lovers about the craft beer culture here in the Triangle. Now produced by WRAL, host Joe Ovies interviews founders of local and national breweries weekly, getting all the ins and outs of this emerging industry in the Triangle.