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Getting Started with Entrepreneurship: Recommendations from Dr. Tom Miller

Dr. Tom Miller, Senior Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, shares some of his favorite entrepreneurship resources.

Entrepreneurship recommendations series with Dr. Tom Miller

Getting started with your entrepreneurial journey can be overwhelming. Having resources to help point you in the right direction can make things a little easier. At NC State Entrepreneurship we have many resources and staff that are ready to assist you in your journey. If you are interested in arts entrepreneurship, we have the perfect person to connect you with.

Tom Miller III is the McPherson Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Senior Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship. He earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1976. He received an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics in 1980, and a Ph.D. in 1982, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 1982 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State, where he holds the rank of Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering.

In July of 2008, Dr. Miller was named Executive Director of the NC State University Entrepreneurship Initiative – now known as NC State Entrepreneurship.  In this role, he is leading a campus-wide effort to empower students as entrepreneurial thinkers, leaders and doers. He previously served as Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA). In that role, Dr. Miller was responsible for the strategy, deployment, and implementation of the university’s learning technologies and distance education programs.

Dr. Miller has taught courses in computer architecture, microprocessor systems design, C and C++ software design and technology entrepreneurship. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 scholarly publications in areas including technology entrepreneurship, engineering education, distance education technologies, medical instrumentation, computer architecture, neural networks, communications, and signal processing. 

In 1993 he instituted the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, a program that challenges its students to change the world and radically improve the human condition. He is also a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University and recipient of the 1995 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator award from the IEEE “for innovative teaching methods and for empowering students as entrepreneurs.”

Dr. Miller was named ‘Tar Heel of the Week’ in January of 2000 for his work with engineering student entrepreneurs. He also founded and served as president of X Engineering Software Systems Corporation, developer of the first native X-Window spreadsheet.

In 2014, Dr. Tom Miller created the Entrepreneurship Initiative Fellows program to support newly graduated NC State students who wished to pursue their venture full-time after graduation. The program was endowed by a group of alumni and renamed the Dr. Thomas Kenan Miller III Fellows Program in fall 2017 and continues to help student entrepreneurs pursue their ventures post graduation. 

We asked Dr. Miller for some recommendations to get started with entrepreneurship, below are some of his favorites. 


  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
  • The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki
  • The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton
  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
  • The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
  • The Startup Owner’s Manual by Steve Blank


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