20 Sep

6 TV shows startups can learn a lot from

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Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.
- Grace Coddington

As rightly said by Grace, inspiration does exist everywhere. We thought of running you by a list of TV shows that will surely tell you what we're talking about. Here's how it goes:

#1. Shark Tank (2009)

A show where entrepreneurs go looking for a loan from investors in exchange for a certain equity percentage of their company. This show gives you a good insight into what really goes on in the "startup world". Not only do you get to learn stories of hustle of the entrepreneurs pitching their ideas, you also get to know how the investors look at them and what it really means when they say they don’t invest on ideas, they invest on people.

Oh and by the way, when they do invest, after all the negotiations happening on camera that you get to see, it excites you to so much, you would start working on your ideas right away!

With eight seasons already completed, we are eagerly waiting for season 9 and the entrepreneurs that get featured in it.

#2. Silicon Valley (2014)

This show focuses on six young men who found a company in Silicon Valley. It is a perfect blend of cringeworthy comedy and success/failure situations you be in as front-runners of a company.

The show takes you on a journey, with its highs and lows of a start up explained in just he best possible ways. Silicon Valley manages to find humour, both intelligent and puerile, in the same humourless setting, and tackles drama as well.

#3. Planet of the Apps (2017)

This reality-TV show comes across as a very thoughtful one as it focusses on startup businesses in form of iOS applications. The app developers slash entrepreneurs pitch their idea on an elevator for 60 seconds in front of the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Will.i.am. From there on, these budding ideas go through weeks of incubation from one of these mentors. They then go for a VC pitch with a full fledged plan. 

The amount of things you learn from this show are countless.

It is a very modern take on the different apps that are venturing into the market, giving the audience a perfect view of what 2017 is coming up with, in terms of technology for the future. The show takes you on a journey, with its highs and lows of a start up explained in just he best possible ways.

#4. TVF Pitchers (2015)

The only Indian TV show on the list, TVF Pitchers has been a major influencer on the Indian startup scene for the last 12-14 months. It aired startups were booming in India and instantly went viral. It features the "typical" startup story where people quit their jobs to start a new company. 

With every character being unique and enjoyable in their own ways, you are in for a ride.

As always, life does not let this journey go without twists and turns. With a mix of drama, motivation, inspiration and comedy, this show is a must watch if you need to know how things pan out for startup owners in the course of their evolution.

#5. Entourage (2004)

This star-studded TV show is all about Hollywood, but another angle to it, as we entrepreneurs see, is from a ‘learning-how-to-deal-in-business’ perspective. The character build in each of the 8 seasons of this show is so robust, it is almost flawless. You are taken through a journey of the life of a super star from ground up. You learn so much watching this show including stuff like how to deal with the right people and the wrong, taking the right decisions at pivotal times in your life and most interestingly, how to run an office. 

When you watch Eric managing Vince’s career and Ari Gold becoming an employee turned partner turned rival to Terrance McQuewick, you are bound to have a great time.

#6. Game of Thrones (2011)

Being seemingly an unconventional show to watch for entrepreneurs, this show does arguably stand to have sent out some serious messages to people venturing into independent business as career options. 

Daenerys teaches us the ways of building a strong team that sticks by, Tyrion shows us how quick wit coupled with great knowledge and a hint of wine helps you get out of immense troubles while Jon Snow reminds us why we should remain true to ourselves and equally to others.