8 Must Watch Documentaries For Entrepreneurs

8 Must Watch Documentaries For Entrepreneurs

Watching companies come from humble beginnings is always fun, inspiring and most importantly, educational. Most of these films show raw candid footage of entrepreneurs making difficult decisions as they come to terms of what it will take to get their companies on the right path to sucesss. Most of the films here paint an intimate portrait of their lives as it clashes with co-founders, philosophies and sometimes family.

1. Becoming Warren Buffet

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Why you should watch it:

Arguably America’s most-admired and most-followed investor, Buffett is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. While his insider look at trading and investing are intriguing all its own, it's his personality type that makes it interesting. Seeing his spock-ish-like logical thinking spill into his personal relationships, especially with his late wife, provided a more human aspect of Buffet. How he deals with new Bershire Hathaway shareholders is one part you don't want to miss. A great scene in itself.

Where you can watch it:

HBO, YouTube and other providers.
Always available in HBO though.

2. The Defiant Ones

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Why you should watch it:

The multi-part documentary chronicles the lives of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and how they navigated the tumultuous ups-and-downs of the music business. It also covers how the Beats brand originated from an off-the-cuff 10 minute visit talking about sneakers to a billion-dollar acquisition by Apple. The final episode is one not to miss though as Dr. Dre is forced to reinvent himself during a time when NWA and Gangsta Rap began to fade.

Where you can watch it:
HBO

3. StartUp.Com

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Why you should watch it:

Yes. That's actually them. In 2001, that's how they do corporate shots. The film documents the growth and fall of GovWorks.com - the brainchild of Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman. Seeing the dynamics of how friends can double as business partners is always interesting as long as you can get passed the two years of filming in 1.1 megapixel camcorders. The old adage of "everything starts at the top" is the underlying lesson here. How the founders arrived at this lesson is the best part.

Where you can watch it:
YouTube

4. Something Ventured

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Why you should watch it:

Something Ventured is a documentary that offers an inside perspective of venture cap funding as it has evolved over decades. One of the most fascinating observations is seeing the honest insights of these investors and the thought process they go through before pulling the trigger. The documentary also dabbles in the few women who've worked in Silicon Valley including Cisco founder Sandy Lerner. It's a tour de force in venture capitalism and if you're one of those who's company has been developed up to a certain point where funding is needed and you need a window into the boardroom before the visit, check out this doc.

Where you can watch it
Netflix

5. The Starup Kids

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Why you should watch it:

Clocking at just over an hour, The Startup Kids is comprised of interviews and footage of "the grind" at places like Vimeo, Soundcloud and Dropbox. The film, which was directed by two Icelandic entrepreneurs, also interviews a couple of venture capitalists for good measure.

Where you can watch it:
YouTube, iTunes

6. Control+Alt+Compete

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Why you should watch it:

While there is no shortage of coming-of-age documentaries on tech companies (which this doc does cover as well), Ctrl+Alt+Compete adds gaming, video content creation and overall marketing. Particularly of note is the former developer for Gears of War, Cliff Beszinski, Nolan Bushnell of Atari and The Guild creator Felicia Day. Although Ctrl+Alt+Compete was filmed in 2011, most of what you'll learn here can still apply to today's socially driven markets.

Where you can watch it:
Amazon, YouTube

7. The King Of Kong

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Why you should watch it:

Not necessarily a doc on upcoming companies and their CEOs, this one is of a former teacher and baseball player, Steve Wiebe, looking to accomplish one simple goal - beat the highest score on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Wiebe finds it's not a simple walk in the park as he comes across his rival who decides to play in a different set of rules. The lesson? Determination and perseverance rules all.

Where you can watch it:
Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

8. Indie Game: The Movie

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Why you should watch it:

Indie Game is epitomizes the underdogs of the video game industry. It breaks open the go-it-alone types against an industry machine, often breeding exciting but sometimes resentful experiences. You get to see the passion, sweat, tears and sleep deprivation of 1-2 man teams trying to push pixels into the latest gaming sensation.

Where you can watch it:
Steam, iTunes

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About Radford Castro

I own this entire bad boy. I'm a husband, father, developer and entrepreneur. I like to make stuff.

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