Constantly learning and staying inspired to reach the next level is vital for entrepreneurs. There are many ways to do this from travel to reading books, to listening to podcasts such as DealMakers where I interview some of the most successful entrepreneurs out there.
Serious startup founders may not have much time for watching TV. Video may even be far too slow for you on an everyday basis. Though, when you do get a chance to slow down or feel the need to be productive when traveling, check out these films and documentaries which can give you great insight into the minds of the most notable investors and business builders, as well as the trends that are changing the ecosystem we live and work in.
Startup Nations is Wired’s dive into the innovation and technology developments happening in Israel and Palestine. It’s a documentary that tells a very different story of what is happening in the region that we often hear in the mainstream media. A spotlight on the tech and collaborations that are happening. Plus, interesting insights on how politics plays a role in the startup ecosystem. It may make you rethink what you thought you knew about countries, hiring, and developing new tech and companies.
This documentary by Bloomberg Risk Takers dives into Elon Musk’s story. It not only provides great insight into how he thinks, and some of his business building and marketing principles, but also what it is really like to be a founder.
Sometimes that means bailing out your own startup. It means being able to survive dark days and tough economic times, as well as a lot of criticism and doubters. This business documentary also shows how genius founders and those who have been made wealthy really think about money. It is never the goal. It’s a tool. Your impact is far more important.
This HBO documentary provides an incredibly personal look at Warren Buffett. Not just as one of the world’s wealthiest, smartest or best loved business builders, but as a person, educator, father and husband. It reveals how different thinkers like this are as people, as well as the challenges that can bring.
Yet, it also boils his success down to great key principles and examples. Such as building moats, staying in your circle of competence, and juggling milk bottles. You’ll also discover how Charlie Munger helped Warren really achieve scale by encouraging him to spend more. Like Musk, Buffett’s relationship with money is much more about being a scorecard for his talent and reflection of the value he is creating.
This look into billionaire Larry Ellison by Bloomberg Game Changers follows the founding of Oracle, his visit to Japan, fierce approach to management and competition, and adrenaline pumping pursuits.
Like his peers, this documentary paints the founder as a tough business person who wasn’t always easy to work with. A far cry from the leadership styles we hear about in the current startup ecosystem.
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