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Recommendations for inspirational and motivational books!

Hello Everyone,
I will be relocating my office to Santa Clara from Denver, this month for
the opportunity to work with a Accelerator/Seed fund that specializes in
building relationships with China/US markets. It is a huge opportunity for
the company. At this time, I think I am the only person from Colorado on
Founder Dating, so my opportunities have been limited here, there is a lack
of seed, talent and support for educational technology in this enviornment.
This move was critical for the survival of the company. However, it is a
bit bittersweet. I am a single mom, and will have to release custody of my
son to my ex, since there is no way without support can I grow the company
and be an effective parent. My son has been totally supportive of this, he
believes in my product and my vision, but we both are sad about this and
realize that we will not be living together full time for at least 1 1/2
years. I will be driving by myself for 20 hours with basically my clothes
and office in my car. The thought of listening to some sad country western
songs for this long trip and thinking about him, will not put me in the
mental state which I want to arrive in the Valley.

Currently,my personal reading time is very limited, I would love to hear
from any of you about any books that have inspired, motivated, and/or
improved your business skills. I think listening to books on tape will be
far more productive than Conway Twitty! So if you have any suggestions that
will but me in the mental state where I want to become "Karen the BadAss
Conquer" let me know.

Thanks--K
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Karen Sorensen, Founder and CEO
21st Century Education, Inc.
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Michael Brill
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I don't have any inspiring book recommendations, but you are pretty insanely inspirational to sacrifice so much for your vision.  I don't know anything else about you, but I'd say you're already Karen the badass conquerer!"

(BTW, I have a 17 year old son that I'm happy to lend you... no charge)

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Dave Angelow
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This is better than Conway Twitty ( maybe close with George Strait).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008J2AEN4

Dave

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Two that I recently listened to on audible are How Your Brain Works (great for understanding how become distracted, threatened and motivated and is a good tool for tackling time mgmt, productivity and relationships from the root of the problem - your brain), and Great By Choice (a look into what the differentiating factors were in the successes of some of the most successful companies were in the past few decades - and how their success was directly correlated with the discipline and vision of their leaders). Both highly recommend.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o This might be good :)

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Shahab Layeghi
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Hi Karen,

I can recommend an interesting book related to education:?
"How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough ?

This is a link to audio version:

http://www.amazon.com/How-Children-Succeed-Curiosity-Character/dp/B00...

Good luck and I'm pretty sure you'll find the Bay Area a great fit for you.

Shahab

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Doug March
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Well based on your Conway Twitty reference and my love for High
Fidelity I would say

http://www.amazon.com/Cash-The-Autobiography-Johnny/dp/[removed to protect privacy]

However  as far as life and business goes

http://www.amazon.com/Heartbreaking-Work-Staggering-Genius/dp/[removed to protect privacy]

It's equal parts struggle & hard work, but results in personal success.

Max Avroutski
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eCommerce, Software Developer, Usability, Marketing & Product Creation consulting services.

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki

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Berna Erol
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Karen,

Below are some audiobooks that I really enjoyed:

The Lean Startup - Eric Ries - a must read for every entrepreneur. Emphasis
on MVP.

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson - Sometimes inspiring, sometimes mesmerizing,
sometimes shocking but never boring bio of SJ.

(Einstein bio by WI is also good)

The 4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss

Anything You Want - Derek Sivers

Also good (not so much for a startup but particularly if you are trying to
innovate or lead in a big company):

Winning - Jack Welch

The Innovator's Dilemma - Clayton Christensen

Innovator's Solution  - Clayton Christensen

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

Enjoy!

Berna

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Berna Erol, Ph.D.

http://bernaerol.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/berna

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books!

I don't have any inspiring book recommendations, but you are pretty insanely
inspirational to sacrifice so much for your vision.  I don't know anything
else about you, but I'd say you're already Karen the badass conquerer!"

(BTW, I have a 17 year old son that I'm happy to lend you... no charge)

On Feb 1, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Karen Sorensen <ksorenhttp://www.21stcenturyedu.com/>

http://www.karenasorensen.com/>

twitter @21edu

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David Fierbaugh
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I've been catching up on my sci-fi reading. It's been relaxing and
inspirational. Try 'reamde' by Neal Stephenson, or 'Existence' by David
Brin.  Whatever your genre of choice, try reading it on Audible.com and
walking while you listen to it.

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Balki Kodarapu
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Karen ? good luck with your journey and your startup!

I thoroughly enjoy the following two podcasts:

-       This Week in Startups hosted by Jason Calacanis :
http://thisweekinstartups.com/archives/

-          This Week in Venture Capital hosted by Mark Suster:
http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-venture-capital/

Both of these podcasts (free) have been incredibly inspirational and
educational in my own startup journey and I highly recommend them.

 If you have an iphone or ipod, it is very easy to subscribe via iTunes and
pull any of the archive episodes.  If not I am sure there are ways to
subscribe with any other mobile device as well (e.g. Stitcher radio)

Best wishes

Balki Kodarapu
Founder & CEO
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