TV series about startups

TV series about startups

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TV series about startups. Top 23 TV Shows for Entrepreneurs

1. Silicon Valley

Created by Mike Judge, Silicon Valley is a critically-acclaimed sitcom that follows the struggle of a group of young software programmers and developers trying to succeed in Silicon Valley.

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10 (based on 144,000+ user ratings)

2. Shark Tank

Shark Tank is a business-related reality TV show where investment-seeking entrepreneurs make business presentations to a panel of five investors aka “sharks” who then choose whether to invest in their company as business partners.

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 (based on 9,500+ user ratings)

3. Dragons’ Den (UK)

Dragons’ Den originated in Japan in 2001, where the series was called The Tigers of Money. Local versions of the show have been produced in over 30 countries, but it’s the British version of the show called Dragons’ Den that’s considered the most popular and the series that inspired Mark Burnett to produce Shark Tank.

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 (based on 2,000+ user ratings)

The dotcom bubble was responsible for the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of many promising startups. GovWorks was one of them. is a 2001 documentary that explores the story of how a promising startup like GovWorks failed due to mismanagement and internal power struggles.

5. Planet of the Apps

Planet of the Apps is just like Shark Tank, but for mobile apps. Software developers have 60 seconds to pitch the idea of their app in front of four judges (Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, William Adams (aka, and Gary Vaynerchuk) in hope to partner with one of them for six weeks.

6. StartUp

StartUp is a web drama series that follows the emergence of GenCoin, a brilliant yet controversial cryptocurrency startup. The series has a great ensemble cast featuring Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, Otmara Marrero, Martin Freeman, Ron Perlman, Addison Timlin, and Mira Sorvino. While the first season of the show received a mixed response from critics (33% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes), it has slowly gained loyal fans over the years.

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 (based on 11,000+ user ratings)

7. Billions

Starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, Billions is a drama series about power politics in the world of New York high finance. The central plot revolves around the legal battles between two powerful New York figures — U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis)

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10 (based on 61,000+ user ratings)

8. The Dropout

Silicon Valley companies have long since survived and thrived on the fake it till you make it mindset. But when this approach is extended to the medical tech field, where people’s lives are at stakes, you get an unprecedented disaster like Theranos.

The Dropout is an 8-episode limited series that tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes, who co-founded Theranos, a revolutionary blood-testing company that was destined to change the medical world. It documents Holmes’ initial success with private investors and media, and chronicles its eventual downfall

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10 (15,000+ user ratings)

9. Becoming Warren Buffett

Becoming Warren Buffet doesn’t just reveal the secrets behind Buffet’s business acumen, but also delves into his personal relationship skills. If you’re seeking important life and investment lessons, this is one of the best business documentaries you can learn from.

10. Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

This three-part Netflix documentary series explores the mind, mental models, and motivations of Bill Gates and takes a deeper look into his charity work with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he co-founded with his then-wife Melinda Gates.

Watch it to be inspired by one of the most brilliant tech visionaries of our generation.

11. Dirty Money

A Netflix original TV series, Dirty Money documents stories of corporate fraud and corruption. The series features six hour-long episodes, each episode focussing on one example of corporate corruption.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 (based on 9,000+ user ratings)

12.The Pixar Story

Pixar played a huge role in pioneering a new generation of animation with hits such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and several others. This 2007 documentary offers a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of Pixar Animation Studios.

The Pixar Story offers an insight into the first few years of Pixar, starting from the success of Toy Story to the company’s relationship with its parent company Disney to the role Steve Jobs played in the initial years. It also profiles the contributions of Pixar’s co-founders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter.

13. Kitchen Nightmares

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has had multiple shows on TV, but the one I’d recommend to entrepreneurs and business owners is the highly entertaining Kitchen Nightmares. Each episode, Ramsay spends one week at a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive their business.

14. The Billion Dollar Code

The Billion Dollar Code is a German Netflix miniseries that follows two interconnected timelines — the founding of ART+COM in the 1990s, a company that combined programming and digital art, and ART+COM’s lawsuit against Google where they alleged that the search giant used their product Terravision’s code to build Google Earth

IMDB Rating: 8/10 (7,900+ user ratings)

15. The Wolf Of Wall street.

The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

In the early 1990s, Jordan Belfort teamed with his partner Donny Azoff and started brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. Their company quickly grows from a staff of 20 to a staff of more than 250 and their status in the trading community and Wall Street grows exponentially

16. Blue collar millionaires

Success often comes from determination and a deeply held conviction in your own ability.

For these six self-made, blue-collar millionaires, the path to wealth may have been different, but the mentality was the same: They all believed strongly in themselves. They felt certain that eventually, with enough time and hard work, they were capable of building successful companies.

17. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

Released a few weeks after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, this short documentary features reflections from Jobs’ friends, colleagues, fans, and rivals on his life and achievements. It also includes excerpts from an interview with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs shortly after Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

If you’ve already read Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson, then this documentary will probably not reveal anything you didn’t know about Jobs. But if you want a quick overview of Jobs’ achievements and business philosophy, this hour-long documentary is perfect

18. Capital C

This little-known business documentary is probably the only documentary film about crowdfunding. The movie itself was co-funded by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Capital C focuses on the hopes, fears, and struggles of independent creators in the digital age. Shot over a period of three years, the documentary revolves around poker card designer Jackson Robinson, hippie Zach Crain, and video game veteran Brian Fargo as they embark on a journey to crowdfund their business ideas.

19. Silicon Cowboys

This 2016 documentary chronicles the journey of three friends, Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill Murto, who founded Compaq in the early 1980s and their decade-long battle against the mighty IBM for PC supremacy. It’s the ultimate “David vs Goliath” story that all entrepreneurs will enjoy and derive lessons from.

Silicon Cowboys examines the rise of Compaq and how the company began making inroads in the lucrative personal computing industry. With the launch of Compaq Portable, the company achieved mainstream acceptance and IBM finally began to take notice. IBM responded with its own portable computer and thus began an intense rivalry for PC supremacy that would last a decade.

20. The Great Hack

The 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytics data scandal shocked the world. It revealed to us the extent to which our personal data on Facebook could be harvested for advertising purposes. While you may already have a fair idea as to what Facebook does with our personal data, the scale at which the company takes liberties to do this may surprise you. Watch The Great Hack

21.Print the Legend

Print the Legend is a Netflix original documentary that deep dives into the history and growth of the 3D printing industry. It focuses on startups, established companies, and even a few controversial figures involved in the 3D printing industry.

One of these controversial figures is gun-rights activist Cody Wilson who got a lot of media attention when he fired the first 3D-printed gun. He is interviewed extensively in the documentary, offering a contrarian view on how the 3D printing industry may be used, or in his case, misused

22.Something Ventured

Something Ventured. When you think about successful companies like Apple, Intel, and Cisco, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that only a handful of people believed in the revolutionary nature of these companies.

This business documentary is about these few individuals, the original venture capitalists who engaged in a game of high stakes to fund the companies very few people believed in at the time.

23. Generation Hustle

Generation Hustle.This 10-part documentary series offers a broad summary of ten recent scammers and con artists of varying levels of notoriety. From the scam pulled by Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin) in upscale Manhattan to the cult of Adam Neumann at WeWork, you’ll discover the lengths some people are willing to go to in pursuit of fame, wealth, and power.

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The Disturbing History of Coca-Cola

This video covers the INSANE story of Coca-Cola. This MagnatesMedia mini-movie documents the history of Coca-Cola, along with some of Coke’s biggest scandals, controversies, and marketing successes. This Coca-Cola documentary begins by looking at the early beginnings of Coca-Cola as a patent medicine in the 1800’s, created by John Pemberton. We then examine Coca-Cola’s marketing strategy, and how it pioneered many marketing tactics that are commonplace today. We then move on to how Coca-Cola profited from war, and how Coke managed to expand globally so rapidly (and create Fanta in the process). Next, we look at some of the biggest accusations against Coca-Cola, such as the claims made by the stop killer coke campaign involving union leaders at Coke bottling plants. We also look at Coca-Cola’s approach to the negative health effects of its drinks, including the disastrous launch of Dasani in the UK. And finally, we look at the ongoing battle between Coke and Pepsi, and how Coca-Cola created New Coke, that was simultaneously both a marketing disaster, and and one of the greatest business moves the company has made. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur looking to learn lessons from successful businesses, or you’re simply interested to understand Coca-Cola’s dramatic history, this MagnatesMedia business documentary about Coca Cola has everything you need.


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