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5 must-see documentaries for entrepreneurs

Published 03 October 2012 05:31, Updated 21 November 2012 07:10

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Building a successful start-up isn’t just about 20-hour days filled with hard slog. According to website Entrepreneur.com, there are also some tips budding bizoids can glean from kicking back and watching a few movies.

Here are five documentaries that the site says are must-sees for entrepreneurs, and why:

STARTUP.COM

“This film follows the epic rise and fall of dot.com startup govWorks.com founded by high school best friends Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, as a means of allowing people to efficiently deal with local governments online.

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BEER WARS

“A genuine David vs. Goliath story, America’s small artisanal brewers try to grab a piece of the market share from fizzy yellow giants like Anheuser-Busch.

“Why it’s a must-see: Any entrepreneur attempting to break into an established market can relate to the challenges faced by these craft breweries. The point to be taken from this film is to always educate your potential customers on the superiority of your product.”

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FREAKONOMICS THE MOVIE

“Six top documentarians including Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) tackle a film adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s best-selling book on incentives-based thinking.

“Why it’s a must-see: The filmmakers weave brief, diverse tales aimed at answering the question: What really makes people do what they do? Will the possibility of a financial reward encourage students to improve their grades? Will sumo wrestlers cheat if given the incentive to do so? The answers are always entertaining and often surprising.”

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STEVE JOBS: ONE LAST THING

“Released by [US public broadcaster] PBS just after his death, this doc is an intimate portrait of the peaks and valleys of Jobs’ career from the people who knew him best.

“Why it’s a must-see: Steve Jobs is an entrepreneurship poster boy: He’s bold, unflinching, inspirational and brilliant. Every entrepreneur hopes to affect our creative and professional culture in the profound way that Jobs did and continues to do. Watch the film, take some notes and apply them to your business immediately.”

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THE CALL OF THE ENTREPRENEUR

“Acton Media tells the diverse and inspiring stories of a merchant banker, a dairy farmer and a refugee from communist China. These hardworking entrepreneurs all overcome adversity with innovation and creativity.

“Why it’s a must-see: This doc is a non-stop barrage of uplifting tales. The inspiring story of Michigan dairy farmer-turned-composter, Brad Morgan is enough to remind you that our society thrives on entrepreneurial ideas.”

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For five more must-see documentaries for entrepreneurs – and the lessons that might be learned from watching these films – head to Entrepreneur.com.

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