By the end of the week you’re probably ready to kick back and relax. So grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and get cozy with any (or all, go crazy!) of these 5 movies which each speak in their own way to entrepreneurship and the startupsphere:
- The Social Network: Director David Fincher’s biographical drama chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) from Harvard sophomore to Internet superstar, examining his relationships with co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Winning Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director, the film also racked up Oscar nods in the same categories and for lead actor Eisenberg.
- Startup.com: From dot-com to dot-bomb, this docudrama follows the charismatic heads of an Internet startup company from their halcyon early days into the quagmire of contentious bickering that occurred when their company — govWorks.com — flamed out. Documentarians Chris Hegedus (The War Room) and Jehane Noujaim are poised front and center to capture the high hopes and heartache that have become inextricable parts of the wired world.
- Jerry Maguire: After years of successfully navigating the shark-infested waters of sports management, Jerry Maguire (Oscar nominee Tom Cruise) experiences a crisis of conscience and leaves his high-powered job behind, with one loyal football client (Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.) and a starry-eyed co-worker (Renée Zellweger) in tow. An irresistible little boy (Jonathan Lipnicki) adds the icing on the cake to this sweet, heartfelt Best Picture nominee.
- The Godfather: When organized-crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge in this Oscar-winning epic. (This one may not be so intuitive so let me explain, these guys are focused on getting a piece of the American Dream while their ethnic group is shut out of the system by the powers that be– similar to agile startups fighting big business david vs. goliath style.)
- Wall Street: Enterprising stockbroker Bud Fox falls under the enticing spell of Gordon Gekko, an unscrupulous Wall Street arbitrageur. But when Gekko embroils his protégé in an insider-trading scheme, Fox develops a conscience and decides to turn the tables.
Bonus TV Show:
Pirates of the Silicon Valley: Based on a book by Paul Frieberger, this dramatization examines the tangled webs of tech giants Apple and Microsoft. Follow the entwined destinies of Apple’s hip founder, Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle), and Microsoft’s geeky genius, Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall), as they make history. The story is narrated from the point of view of fellow tech pioneers Steve Ballmer (John Di Maggio) and Steve Wozniak (Joey Slotnick).
Have you seen any of these already (and if so did you dig them)?