10 Best Movies that Inspires Entrepreneurship

1. STARTUP.COM

Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film about the dot-com start-up govWorks.com, which raised $60 million USD in funding from Hearst Interactive Media, KKR, the New York Investment Fund, and Sapient. The startup did not survive, but it became a reference for lessons learned, as it was the subject of a 2001 documentary that follows govWorks founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman from 1999-2000, as the Internet bubble was bursting.

2. SOMETHING VENTURED

Something Ventured is a 2011 documentary film investigating the emergence of American venture capitalism in the mid-20th Century. Something Ventured follows the stories of the venture capitalists who worked with entrepreneurs to start and build companies like Apple,Intel, Genetech, Cisco, Atari, Tandem, and others. Something Ventured is a full-length independent film which includes interviews with prominent American venture capitalists and entrepreneurs of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, as well as archival photography and footage. The film has aired across the US on local PBS stations as well as on public television in Norway. The film is available on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon.com and from Zeitgeist Films.

3. TUCKER : THE MAN AND HIS DREAM

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 American biographical codemy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which was met with scandal between the “Big Three automobile manufacturers” and accusations of stock fraud from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Elias Koteas,Frederic Forrestand,Christian Slater appear in supporting roles.

4. JOBS

Jobs is a 2013 American biographical film inspired by the life of Steve Jobs, from 1974 while a student at Reed college to the introduction of the iPod in 2001.It is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, and produced by Stern and Mark Hulme. Steve Jobs is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, with Josh Gad as Apple computer’s (now Apple Inc.) co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs was chosen to close the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

5. e-DREAM

This documentary chronicles the quick rise and precipitous crash-and-burn of Kozmo.com, the brainchild of investment bankers and former college roommates Joseph Park and Yong Kang. By interviewing the founders as well as the company’s day-to-day workers, the film paints a comprehensive portrait of the failed venture, which started as an online convenience store with a single warehouse in 1997. Yet Kozmo.com is also juxtaposed with the larger economic event of the time — the dot-com bust.

6. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

In 1999, Internet entrepreneur Josh Harris recruits dozens of young men and women who agree to live in underground apartments for weeks at a time while their every movement is broadcast online. Soon, Harris and his girlfriend embark on their own subterranean adventure, with cameras streaming live footage of their meals, arguments, bedroom activities and bathroom habits. This documentary explores the role of technology in our lives, as it charts the fragile nature of dot-com economy.

7. THE START UP KIDS

The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others who talk about how they started their company and their lives as an entrepreneur.

The movie is made by two Icelandic entrepreneurs,Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir, who founded their first company shortly after the economic collapse of Iceland and wanted to motivate other young people to become entrepreneurs.

8. CTRL+ALT+COMPLETE

Business founders and visionaries discuss the startup business scene, the challenges they faced and the drive that helped them make their vision a reality.

9. THE CALL OF THE ENTREPRENEUR

The main subjects of the documentary are Brad Morgan, Frank Hanna, and Jimmy Lai. Morgan, a dairy farmer from Evart, Michigan discusses his journey from a struggling dairy farmer to the owner and operator of a million-dollar composting operation. Hanna, a merchant banker in New York City who originally hails from Georgia, explains how financial engineering not only makes credit more widely available to entrepreneurs today but also played a crucial role in the discovery of America. Lai talks about his childhood in Communist China and his move at twelve years old to Hong Kong. There, he founded Giordano, a retail outlet, and later NextMedia. Lai explains that entrepreneurs, when taking risks, are “dashing into hope.”

10. GURU

Guru is a 2007 Indian biographical drama film loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, a business magnate who founded Reliance Industries. The film was co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam . It stars Abhishek Bachchan,Aishwarya Rai, Arjan Bajwa,R. Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Arya Babbar, and Mithun Chakraborthy in the leading roles. The film also has Malika Sherawat in a guest appearance. The score and soundtrack for the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. The film was dubbed and released simultaneously in Tamil as Guru and in Telugu as Gurukanth. In the Tamil version of the film, the lead role (Abhishek Bachchan) was dubbed by Suriya. The film was released on 12 January 2007 with its première at the Elgin Theater in Toronto, Canada, on Thursday 11 January 2007, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international première in Canada. The film was premiered in the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

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