It wasn’t all that long ago that BuzzShift was considered a startup. Two entrepreneurs, bootstrapping a new type of agency, working out of their small office and coffee shops. Ascension literally had a table for us in the back with a sign that said “Reserved for those startup guys.” Though we’ve since far outgrown the table, we still very much keep an entrepreneurial mindset. Cameron and Eddy still love to help out startups pro-bono, and more importantly, we hire people with the same type of mindset. In fact, most employees here often have “side hustles” to fulfill that entrepreneurial itch.

So, for this weekend’s reading list, we have five stories about startups and bold entrepreneurs.

1. How A Little Curiosity And A Lot Of Care Can Get Anyone Started, Even In Grade School- Mashable

This 11 year old entrepreneur thought up the idea for BeeSweet when she was 4. After being stung twice, she wanted to know more about the honey makers and discovered the vital role they play in the ecosystem.

2. How A Librarian And A Social Studies Teacher Put Math In Their Favor – Forbes

Two teachers saw a need, became entrepreneurs, and created a startup for education modules, which now net them $50,000 a month.

3. How Lyft Is Differentiating From Uber, And How It’s Working- Fast Company

The smaller ridesharing startup is getting smart with partnerships and defining its own identity within the “gig economy” by showing that it really cares for its driver-entrepreneurs.

4. #ThinkBigger. Like REALLY BIGGER. – Forbes

Big dreams and a penchant for execution are driving this entrepreneur to remake the land around the Panama Canal.

5. Why This Guy Left Google And Still Makes More Money- Bloomberg

Great insight into the “gig economy”, and how someone can get the best of both worlds of good pay and freedom. “I’d rather control my own destiny and take on the risk and forgo the benefits of nap pods and food.”

Bonus for Kevin, our resident farm boy: How Tractor Supply Is Amazon-proofing Their Business – Forbes