There are surely a lot to learn from movies. However, it is important to locate the reasonable ones amongst them. For startup founders, and emerging ones too, I have compiled four (4) movies that could add value to their quest as they seek to make an impact in their world.
If you have not watched any of these movies, it is best you do so as soon as you can. They would help nurture and improve the entrepreneurial spirit in you. Decision making, brokering deals, persistence and many other abilities could be learnt from them. Just stay with me.
1. Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley as the name implies gives an insight into what seem to be the greatest tech cluster present. Silicon Valley is a movie that gives a real picture of how it happen with tech startup founders, and their startups. I wish a naija version “YabaCon Valley ” would be done.
In the movie, you’d learn about incubators, investment, pitching your startup in less than two minutes, hiring the right people, making decisions in the face of two very hard options and many more like that. It’s very interesting.
2. The Social Network
The Social Network movie narrates the events that led to Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook after his college girlfriend broke up with him. However, at the time of the events in the movie, Zuckerberg was in a relationship with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, whom he married in 2012.
This story centers upon is a lot of hard work, and persistence as part of the major recipe for success.
3. The men who built America
As a recall of how America grew to be where it is today, this movie teaches competition. Not only that, you would learn persistence and see how creative the early entrepreneurs in America were. The likes of Vanderbilt, John Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and so on displayed these traits.
In your startup, you would need to be persistent especially when things are not working well. In the face of competition, you would need to get creative so you can progress. While some other times, you would need to be brutal know your decisions. The movie also teaches how you should get a partner that complements your abilities just like Carnegie did.
While suits does not talk about how to build a tech startup, it teaches something else. Suits gives you an insight on how to broker deals and come out on top. Being a law movie, it teaches you how to deal with other people and bargain issues.
As a startup founder, this ability is surely needed. This is especially when you start getting interests from individuals and companies who want to invest. You would need the ability to bargain and reach an agreement that is favourable to both parties.
So there you have it guys. Even if watching these movies, or not, does not translate your success or failure as a tech startup founder, I believe it is a good start.
Have you watched any of these movies? Please share a scene with us and what it taught you. You could also tell us how it has applied to your startup if you have one