These movies will get you’re Entrepreneurs blood flowing and thoughts moving. have almost unlimited chances to enhance their skills and abilities. With so much innovative thought and fresh research available, the opportunities to learn and improve are greater than ever. But one source of inspiration can be the movies. A great film can stimulate your mind and help bring imagination, originality, vision, and flair to your role.
I’ve got a dream that’s worth more than my sleep.
I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite films below.
1. Wall Street – 1987
On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox is a stockbroker full of ambition, doing whatever he can to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unsparing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, Fox entices Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his scrupulous father. Faced with this dilemma, Fox questions his loyalties.
2. Glengarry Glen Ross – 1998
The real story behind the world of sales. This is a realistic portrayal of what it is to try making a life in high-pressure sales with all its highs and lows; promises of fortunes and deliveries of dross. Red-leads and dead-leads are to blame for life’s outcomes. Living with “Objection, Rebuttal, Close”
3. The Startup Kids – 2012
The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and more who talk about how they started their company and their lives as an entrepreneur. Along with those people from the tech scene speaks about the startup environment including the venture capitalist Tim Draper and MG Siegler, tech blogger at Techcrunch.
4. Startup.com – 2001
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman have had a dream since they became friends at age fifteen: get rich by developing their own dot-com company, in some aspect of computer technology interface. Now in their late twenties, they have now come up with the idea they believe will make their riches, namely as Tom refers to it, “parking tickets”: the company will be the on-line revenue collection interface for municipal governments. GovWorks.com came into existence in May 1999 with only an idea. The process of building the business focuses on obtaining venture capital based solely on the idea, with the actual mechanics of the website seemingly almost an afterthought, or at least one left primarily to the hired help. Regardless of the strength of the idea itself in raising this capital, another initial problem they face is what they see as non-commitment by a third partner, Kaleil’s friend Chieh Cheung. In early 2000, they do manage to go live with their product to what seems to be promising…
5. Something Ventured – 2011
Apple(1/3 of Apple for $50K?). Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around. Behind some of the world’s most revolutionary companies are a handful of men who (through timing, foresight, a keen ability to size up other people, and a lot of luck) saw opportunity where others did not: these are the original venture capitalists. All were backing and building companies before the term ‘venture capital’ had been coined: companies that led to the birth of biotechnology and the spectacular growth in microprocessors, personal computers, and the web. SOMETHING VENTURED uncovers the ups and downs of the building of some of the greatest companies of the twentieth century and the hidden dramas behind some of the most famous names in the business.
6. Beer Wars – 2009
The movie is fairly well done for a documentary. The information flows rather well and the points they bring up are interesting enough aside from the fairly touchy section towards the middle. You will quickly find out though that this is simply a long piece of bashing towards the major beer companies. Try to keep in mind that the major companies are now the top of the industry for a reason. It’s easy to say that it’s because of their advertising but keep in mind that they didn’t start out of the gate with million dollar advertising campaigns. Its fine that these brewers feel that they are adding something to the industry, but that doesn’t mean that the companies that have done well are taking away. After all if one of these small brewers achieved incredible success, they would perform exactly as Bush or Miller have. They would promote their brand and try to maximize sales. It’s kind of the idea of business. Alright documentary, but keep an eye on the massive bias when watching it and the small brewers end up coming off as rather arrogant.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
6. Halt And Catch Fire(Series) – 2014-2017
Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.