Below we have complied a list of seven blockbuster titles we think every Entrepreneur should definetly check out:
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
The social network was a Hollywood blockbuster released in 2010 based on the fairy-tale rise of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook. Even though this list isn’t in an order ranking the movies, I have The Social Network first because it’s the most influential move I’ve ever seen.
The Social Network, which takes places while Zuckerberg is in college, came out while I was in college and motivated me to start my first tech startup. It’s inspiring to watch a couple of guys create a platform now used by over 1.5 billion people all over the world from the comfort of their dorm room with only a couple of laptops.
You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Moneyball. This movie is a true story about the Oakland A’s and their general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). Because the team didn’t have the finances to spend tons of money on players, Beane discovered a unique way to scout players using numbers and data.
The big takeaway from the movie is that you can use data to level the playing field as an entrepreneur. This movie teaches entrepreneurs to take an innovative approach to an existing way of doing business and beat your competition, with fewer resources.
MIDDLE MEN (2013)
Middle Men chronicles Jack Harris, who is based on real-world Chris Mallick of Paycom and Epassporte, one of the pioneers of e-commerce. The film follows Jack starting “24/7 billing.com,” the first online credit card payment processing company created to distribute pornography online. The movie gets dark at times, but nonetheless it’s very entertaining and provides insight on the “Wild West” days of the world wide web, and is a great movie for anyone eager to learn how to become an entrepreneur.
Joy is based loosely on the life of Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop; it’s an inspiring movie for any entrepreneur. Joy overcomes various obstacles throughout the movie and her business almost falls apart several times. She rejects failure, and bankruptcy, when both outcomes seem inevitable.
Plenty of good lessons are learned from this movie. The biggest takeaway is how important the art of perseverance is. The movie also provides great business lessonswith the pros (e.g. funding) and cons (ownership disputes) of going into business with your family.
STEVE JOBS (2013)
Steve Jobs is one of the most influential entrepreneurs of all time, so it’s no surprise that a movie about his life made this list. The Steve Jobs film covers the early days of Apple until he gets fired and then picks the reigns up again during his return in 1997.
Although the film didn’t receive the best reviews, I thought Kutcher did a good job at capturing the magic of Jobs. If watching Jobs start a multi-billion dollar company out of his garage with his buddies, get fired from his CEO position and come back to kick ass doesn’t inspire you, well, you’re probably not an entrepreneur.
I know this movie may seem like it doesn’t belong on this list, but it’s truly a tale of a man with an entrepreneurial spirit who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. The movie is about a struggling guy looking for a job, but he couldn’t get one, so he started a crime news reporting company.
He wanted to succeed so badly that he would break the law and do terrible things to achieve it. What you will learn from the movie is how one can do anything with little background, and how the art of persuasion and negotiation can take you to the places you want to go.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
Leonardo Dicaprio got snubbed from an Academy Award for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort, but the movie is nonetheless a real winner. Although the majority of the actions Belfort took were highly illegal and immoral, the way he accomplished them were pretty darn inspiring. Many great lessons can be learned by observing Belfort’s aggressive pursuit of money and power.
As Belfort says, “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” However, we also learn from Belfort there are many temptations out there that can jeopardize your success.