10 Must-See Documentaries For Budding Entrepreneurs

Every year, several dozens of documentaries are produced around the world. Some of them are brilliant while others are mediocre. Most of these documentaries rarely reach the realm of the common public. It’s a pity because there are several inspirational documentaries that deserve to be watched.

We have prepared a list of documentaries that will provide you with meaningful life lessons. Try to grab a copy of these documentaries and use the lessons imparted by them to drive your business forward.

1. Startup.com (2001): This documentary focuses on the rise and fall of dot com start-ups. The documentary was filmed during 1999 and 2000. It follows Kaleil Tuzman and Tom Herman as they set about launching their company Govworks.com to help citizens better deal with local government agencies.

Watch this documentary to learn about the hardships associated with new start-ups.

2. Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words (2011): Ayn Rand was a revolutionary American writer and philosopher. She is renowned the world over for her unique views on philosophy. This documentary does a good job of giving the viewer a glimpse into this exceptional author’s life.

3. The Call of the Entrepreneur (2007): In this documentary, a banker, a dairy farmer and a Chinese refugee share their tales of hardship while seeking entrepreneurial glory. Their uplifting tales will drive you to greater success.

4. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006): This documentary shares the story of the North American soccer team, the New York Cosmos. The underlying message highlights the importance of hiring top talent to achieve the best results!

5. Print The Legend (2014): This documentary highlights trends in the 3D printing domain and shows you how you can march ahead of fierce competition.

6.  Beer Wars (2009): The most difficult task for an entrepreneur is to do business in a market filled with established competitors. This documentary profiles a similar scenario where small-time brewers attempt to take on the big guns.

7. Nothing to Lose: The Documentary (2013): You have probably not heard of Ryan Blair before. A single father with an autistic son, Ryan has risen through the ranks to become a successful entrepreneur with millions in earnings. This documentary presents his success story.

8.  Transcendent Man (2009): Say hello to Ray Kurzweil, the revolutionary technologist. This documentary unravels Ray’s mind and explores his innovative vision where machines merge with humans to create a co-existence never thought of before.

9. The Cola Road (2013): This documentary profiles ColaLife, an NGO with a unique idea – distributing medical supplies in Coca-Cola crates! Filmed in August 2012, director Claire Ward followed ColaLife in Africa’s heartland to learn how they made a difference in the lives of the poor. This documentary will introduce you to the life of social entrepreneurs.

10. We Live In Public (2009): Ever heard of Josh Harris of Pseudo.com? This documentary shot in the 90s will introduce you to him in a big way. This is what Josh did – he rigged his apartment with cameras and recorded every moment of his personal life. He did this over a period of 10 years. His private life was out in the open for all to see and is now presented in this documentary. Josh made a prophecy – he said people will be spending significant moments of their lives online. And what he said came true.

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