6 Television series that will bring out the Entrepreneur within you
The popularity of web series and television series have increased in the past few years, with new writers and producers who work hard to fulfil the demand of the audience. As an entrepreneur, you can read a number of books and research on how to run a startup, but a visual aid can help you venture further and act on your ideas in a proper way. Such shows can be an inspiration for new ideas and also motivational for bringing out the innovator in you.
A few shows lift your spirits and provide you with light-hearted comedy that can make any bad day better, a few shows bring out the detective in you as you guess which character has done the crime. Then there are shows which motivate you to chase your dreams and shows which you can relate to as you might be going through something similar in life.
Here is a list of television series that is a must watch for aspiring entrepreneurs –
Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama series which was created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers. The series is a fictional view of an insider during the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and also the growth of the World Wide Web. HCF is a machine code that commands the central processing unit of a computer to stop working, which also inspired the name of the show. The show was aired on the AMC network from June 2014 to October 2017 and it consists of 4 seasons and over 40 episodes. Season one starts with an electric company introducing its first project in the realm of personal computing industry. The consecutive seasons focus on startups as the characters create ventures of their own and also start an online community protest. The fourth and final season focuses on the competition between the principle characters for web search engines. Despite the show’s lack of viewership, the show had favourable reviews throughout the series and also improved with each subsequent season.
An American comedy television series focuses on five young men who give rise to a startup in Silicon Valley. The show was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and premiered on the 6 of April 2014 on HBO. The show starts with the creation of an app that contains a revolutionary compression algorithm known as Pied Piper. The developers of the application quit the company together, to further develop the app. Tough competition from the company they were working in, the main characters have to present the app against the copied format of their own app which was reverse engineered by the company. Richard, who is the main developer, works overnight to ensure that their program is better than the one their company is presenting in the same tech forum. The producers have announced that the show’s next season would be premiered in the year 2020, the audience cannot wait to see what this show would bring next.
Startup is an American Drama series which was created by Ben Ketai and premiered in the month of September of 2016 on Sony Crackle. The Show begins with Nick Tallman, investing in a cryptocurrency called GenCoin, with his father’s illicit funds that actually belong to very dangerous people. Soon the owners of the money that Nick laundered start asking for their funds. Will Nick be able to return the money he spent or will he have to face the consequences of his actions, since his father has gone underground. An FBI agent, who was blackmailing Nick’s father for information also pays Nick a Visit, which makes things even more difficult for Nick. The Show has been renewed for its third season which premiered in the month of November 2018.
Shark Tank is an American business reality television series that premiered in August of 2009, on the ABC network. The show format is copied from the Japanese show called Dragon’s Den. The Show consists of 5 investors or “Sharks” that decide whether to invest in a startup or company that aspiring entrepreneurs present as an effort to gain funds, and partnership. The selection of these company happens on the innovation and the uniqueness of a product that these companies and startups present. Some of the products are very innovative that have been presented by people from all walks of life, from working mothers to IT professionals. The series has had a very successful rating and also won The Primetime Emmy award for outstanding structured reality Program four times for four continuous years. In the month of February 2019, ABC networks announced that the show has been renewed for its Eleventh Season.
The Profit is an American reality television show that follows a documentary style of format. The show is broadcasted on the CNBC network and features Marcus Lemonis, who offers capital investment and also business advice to small struggling businesses, in exchange for a certain percentage of ownership. The show also has episodes where Lemonis and Amber Mazzola have an inside look of companies and provide commentary based on previous episodes. The spinoff series called The Partner, also featuring Lemonis began in the year 2017. The show premiered in the month of July 2013, and has over six seasons, with its last premiering in the month of December of 2018.
The Startup Kids
The Startup Kids is an hour-long documentary on the young entrepreneurs in the United States and Europe. The documentary was created by two Icelandic women, namely Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir, which was released in the year 2012. It consists of interviews with founders of successful startups, who discuss the start of their company and their lives as an entrepreneur. Notable startup founders, such as Tim Draper and MG Siegler, have also spoken about technological advancements in the field and the startup culture in the documentary.
These Tv shows can be watched as inspiration, to gain information on the developments that are taking place in garages of people, or just watched as a way to relax and find relatable content which helps you to sit back and enjoy. With the availability of entertainment on demand, it is very easy to access such shows, which can be part of your daily lives. You can also consider starting a show like the ones mentioned above – you never know.