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Movies and TV Series Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

While most of us have the idea of starting up after watching a heart-pounding movie, some of us resort to movies as a source of inspiration. It’s more like solace or a road map that gives us ideas on how to go forward when stuck with a concern or just a break amidst weeks of work. Personally, we’ve met a lot of people who have shared the fact that they wanted to quit their day job and start up full-time business after being carried away by movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Social Network, The Pursuit of Happyness and more.

A few people do oppose them telling they are just being unreasonable to venture into entrepreneurship after a 3-hour movie. Hey, but we all wait for that one calling right? It was that one anonymous letter that brought Harry Potter to Hogwarts. So for those of you looking for some mid-week motivation, here are a few flicks you can watch.

Pirates of the Silicon Valley

The epic riff between Silicon Valley’s two most iconic business rivals – Apple and Microsoft is powerfully captured by the film, which was initially intended to be a TV series. The movie revolves around the time Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were young and starting up and charts their journey as they grow big not just in business but in their desires to outdo each other, in any ways possible. We repeat, in any ways possible. Halfway through the movie, you’ll know why it’s been titled the Pirates of the Silicon Valley.


We are not sure about the other installments from the franchise but Rocky 1 is surely one of the best motivating films o our times. The movie shows what an undeterred underdog is capable of achieving even when the entire world thinks otherwise. It’s the spirit of competition and an attitude of never-give-up that keeps us going and the movie beautifully brings out the emotion in all of us. Needless to say, the real story behind Rocky is more inspiring than the movie. And the epic background score!

Rocket Singh

Salesman of the year, this is one of Ranbir Kapoor’s most underrated movies and is a hidden gem in Indian cinema. After being bullied in office by colleagues in the context of being worthless, the trolls push Ranbir Kapoor into starting up a company within the company he works for. By carefully moving his coins, he even manages to pull a few more strings to join him. What happens when things go awry forms the rest of the plot. The tactics, the interpersonal skills and the desire to accomplish the dream are the takeaways from the film.

Silicon Valley

A television series, it captures the journey of one man, who builds an app to prevent plagiarism of music. But what he doesn’t know is that he has built a compression algorithm so proficient that it could solve major world problems in data transmission. When he realizes this, he is offered with funding from top Silicon Valley VCs and rivalry from some. The movie stunningly captures the rise and fall of empires in the Silicon Valley and the consequences of gaining the wrath of the elite in the business. From lawsuits, defamation, layoffs, funding and investment to recruitment, this show is all about startup tips. Plus, it’s hilarious.

So, these were some of our recommendations. With the weekend approaching, which one is your pick to binge on?

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