5 TV Shows That Make a Smarter Entrepreneur

Sometimes, between the business work/school, friends and side projects, we just still can’t help binging on a little Netflix. Why not be productive too though while enjoying a break in your work? Here are 5 of the best TV shows to get your entrepreneurial senses tingling:

1. Dragon’s Den

Dragon’s Den is a no brainer — it is literally a reality show of entrepreneurs trying to make it big. There are 5 huge players in the business world, called “Dragons” that entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to to get the Dragons to invest in their company. Watching Dragon’s Den is going to help you refine your business pitch (by seeing good and terrible examples) and business evaluation, and give you a better sense of what investors look for and want to see. And besides all the business-y stuff, it’s actually such a fun show. It’s inspiring hearing about all the new and innovative businesses out there (and also hilarious to see weird business ideas flop in front of the Dragons).

2. House of Cards

This Netflix original is another valuable resource for every young entrepreneur. Politics bleeds into everything — especially in business. And while you may not want to apply direct examples from this show to your life, it’s extraordinarily interesting to see how the main characters scheme and slip through loopholes to get what they want. It’s watching people think outside the box, and taking action to achieve their goals. And being full of suspense and grit, you don’t have to be an entrepreneur or political science buff to enjoy it.

3. Property Brothers

The two Property Brothers are a real estate agent and a contractor who help clients find fixer-upper homes, and then renovate them to turn them into their dream homes. Now how is a home improvement show relevant at all to an entrepreneur? It’s all about looking farther, beyond what appears before you now (a.k.a. a really unattractively outdated house, in this case), and finding opportunity where other’s see a dead-end. It’s about stretching your money and making the most of your funds. Also, it’s always a pleasure to watch the transformation from fixer-upper house to beautiful dream home.

4. How I Made My Millions

This CNBC series takes big name companies, and gives you the backstory of how they all started. Even huge successful companies had to start somewhere. You’ll get to see familiar brands and the passions of their founders, how they grew, and what drove them to get to where they are now. This show is motivating and inspirational, and you might even find it easy to relate to.

5. Selling New York

This glamorous television show stars 3 real estate agents in NYC doing multimillion dollar deal after multimillion dollar deal. You get a sense of how these people negotiate and close these deals, how they play the market, and how they interact with their clients. These people are the elite of the elite and you can bet they know how to do business. And well, you also get a sneak peek into some of New York’s hottest real estate; because let’s face it — who doesn’t want to poke around a bunch of incredibly luxurious New York lofts?

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5 Inspiring & Motivational TED Talks

If you’re a startup entrepreneur, a wantrepreneur, or maybe just an ambitious individual with an idea — you’ll want to invest some time into these TED Talks.

1. Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

“Is it remarkable?” This is the question Seth Godin, marketing guru, believes is the essence of successful “idea diffusion” today. Godin uses the example of the invention of sliced bread, which had an underwhelming 10 years of obscurity after its inception before it really caught on. In his TED Talk, Godin reveals his ideas — which have now spread to over 4 million other people (according to the views on his talk). Definitely relevant for any startup entrepreneur.

2. Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team

Through an extraordinarily professional and scientific experiment, involving spaghetti and marshmallow towers, Tom Wujec creatively breaks down the one quality every startup entrepreneur needs to have: team leadership. How do CEOs, lawyers, and kindergarteners compare when building the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow tower? I’ll give you a hint: kindergarteners come out on top. Watch this TED Talk to find out what exactly it is that kindergarteners do differently that make their teams more successful.

3. Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

It’s a fact that most startups do end up in failure. And of course, if you have a heart to start a business and take that kind of risk, you don’t want to see it fail. When the odds are against you, you’ll want to prepare everything you can — that’s where this TED Talk comes in. Bill gross, businessman and author, wanted to systematically find out which factor it was that made a business succeed. And the answer surprised him too.

4. Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker

This TED Talk is a bit different than the others — it’s more about the motivation and the idea than the business side. Kare Anderson is a business writer and a keynote speaker. Her TED Talk inspires you to take your talents and use them to create something meaningful — both to you and the extended community. If you’re lacking a little confidence, definitely watch this: it makes you believe in yourself.

5. Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

Longer than all the rest of the TED Talks on this list, but perhaps one of the most interesting. This TED Talk is basically about the life, the ups and downs, of Richard Branson, the multi-millionaire behind the Virgin empire. Through his story telling talk, you’ll hear his unexpected motivations and basically his very interesting and exciting life. And truly, he’s an inspiration to all entrepreneurs.


Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.