In many ways, a TV series can be is a visual storybook for your life. We’re not advocating that you binge-watch like there’s no tomorrow, but after a long week of work, there’s honestly nothing more appealing than to open the fridge door, and - you know what’s coming - Netflix and chill. If your story is one of the entrepreneur (or an aspiring entrepreneur), the below series may just inspire or motivate your startup journey. Don’t worry: NO spoilers ahead.
This list has to be kicked off by the comedy series that gives you an inside look at Silicon Valley: the land of tech giants, innovators, and - in this case - geeks that everyone wants a piece of. It offers an honest look into the startup world and its many ups and downs without taking itself too seriously. The plot follows a team of engineers and their antics as they raise money, go up against Unicorns, and try to make it big with their disruptive idea. Also, did you know the characters are actually inspired by the people in real world?
This series is based on the true story of Sophia Amoruso, the female entrepreneur who created the $85 millions fashion empire Nasty Gal(although it announced its bankruptcy this year). It follows her as she faces the countless obstacles of starting her business from zero. Not only is this recommended for aspiring female entrepreneurs, it’s also a relevant and modern take on the complex life of the professional females of today.
If you are interested in knowing more about business building, finance or corruption (or just want to be the next Wolf of Wall Street), then Billions is just the series for you. The story focuses on the cat-and-rat relationship of a District Attorney and a hedge fund billionaire. There are some truly sage advice for entrepreneurs - from how to prepare yourself for fundraising from VCs to how to motivate your team.
Narcos is an intense look into the life of the most infamous Colombian Narco in history and at one point the richest person in the world, Pablo Escobar. Viewers are given a compelling account of how he ran his drug empire through the show’s outstanding writing, as he uses his leadership and negotiation skills to control everyone around him. While we’re not one to support organised crime, Narcos does shed light on the notion of dreaming big and self-actualisation.
It’s not difficult to see why Game of Thrones is the most successful series today: a deadly game to capture Iron Throne to become the king of Seven Kingdoms of Westeros - words to excite any GoT fan. Apart from plot twists, the series challenges yet defines our understand of power and influence. Glory and reputation are essential in Westeros as well as in the real world, reminding us that we must always keep our promises. And remember, Winter is coming.
Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
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