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15 Movies That Inspire Entrepreneurship

Source | YourStory : By John Rampton

1. Startup.com

This 2001 documentary follows the rise and fall of a promising startup called GoveWorks.com. Despite a lot of buzz and funding for the company, the founders must deal with in-house bickering and getting too inflated too fast.

Why watch it? There are many takeaways from this documentary. For starters, it illustrates just how detrimental it can be when partners aren’t on the same page. Another lesson learned is how to properly manage a budget after you’ve secured funding.

2. Flash of Genius

Greg Kinnear portrays Bob Kearns, the inventor if intermittent windshield wipers. Despite the Detroit automakers embracing the idea, Kearns nevers receives credit. The rest of the film chronicles his battle against these corporate heavyweights.

Why watch it? Having an important idea that can enhance the lives of others, which Kearns accomplished, is important enough where it’s not just about receiving fame and fortune, it’s also important to remember to protect your idea and intellectual property.

3. Gosford Park

Robert Altman’s 2001 murder mystery may not some like an obvious choice, but it’s an extremely entertaining film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But, most importantly…

Why watch it? Making people happy, like having outstanding customer service, is a crucial part of any business. Helen Mirren’s Mr.s Wilson states this perfectly: “What gift do you think a good servant has that separates them from the others? Its the gift of anticipation. And I’m a good servant; I’m better than good, I’m the best; I’m the perfect servant. I know when they’ll be hungry, and the food is ready. I know when they’ll be tired, and the bed is turned down. I know it before they know it themselves.”

4. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

PBS released this documentary shortly after the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011. It captures both the highs and lows of one of the most influential entrepreneurs ever.

Why watch it? You can never learn enough from the life and career of Steve Jobs.

5. The Godfather

Here’s another film that everyone should view at least once. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece is arguably one of the greatest films in cinema history.

Why watch it? For a moment, forget the fact that this is a movie about organized crime. Instead, learn how Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) took a small family business and transformed it into one of the most powerful and influential families in the country. The Godfather perfectly illustrates what it take to get the top, and how to remain there.

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