We are now in a phase where traditional TV is slowly giving way for OTT platforms and binge-watching is in. However, if you are not one of those who binge-watch without a purpose, this feature may be for you. If you have entrepreneurial thoughts and are on your way to create your startup or are gearing up to start one ASAP, then you could use these shows for multi-purpose – entertainment, motivation, and learning.
So, these are the 3 crispiest shows that every startup founder must watch
Silicon Valley – HBO. 6 Seasons. 53 Episodes.
A must watch parody of Silicon Valley culture. This show can be watched purely for the comedy but if you watch closely and understand all the terms and jargons being used, you might find yourself a bit smarter and aware of the entire startup ecosystem. The different episodes depict how everything plays out in the lives of the founders of a hypothetical startup “Pied Piper” as they run through the distinct phases. The show also covers some of the most confusing as well as the wild nuances of startup life – esp. the legal aspects of different, often ignored, actions, and how they can come back to haunt the founders later.
Shark Tank – ABC. 11 Seasons. 246 Episodes.
You can watch any version of this show – Dragon’s Den or any regional Shark Tank too. This will give you insights into 2 extremely important aspects of a startup – pitching your value proposition and structuring your deal. You can learn about a bunch of deal structuring styles – equity-based, debt-based, royalty-based, or a combination of any or all. If anything is not clear during the show, read about that after the show and revaluate the deal keeping yourself in that position of the founders.
The Profit – NBC. 7 Seasons. 72 Episodes.
An interesting show where Marcus Lemonis invests in businesses to revive them and make a profit along the way. The show isn’t primarily for startups but for small businesses. However, the show revolves around the idea that a successful business comprises of 3 elements in perfect harmony – People, Product, and Process. The show does get a little melodramatic at times but hey, it is meant for entertainment too!
This is not an exhaustive list and there are other interesting shows too. But we do not want you to stick to binge-watching and forget about your startup. Working on your startup should be your priority and these shows should just be a filler for the times you are exhausted or have hit a mental block.
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