Are you looking for a little inspiration to undertake, but need to relax or are you not in the mood to dive into articles and books on the topic?
Don’t worry, below you’ll find a selection of films to take a break from and learn a lesson from – or two! – about this competitive and complex universe. Check it out.
1. The Social Network
Directed by David Fincher and launched in 2010, The Social Network reveals how Mark Zuckerberg developed Facebook while he was still a Harvard student – and includes the issue with his best friend, who ended up leaving the company , and the controversy over the lawsuit filed against him over the accusation of two brothers who said that Mark had “stolen” the idea for the social network from them.
Why is it cool? Because it reminds us that even giants start small and discreetly.
2. Pirates of Silicon Valley
The feature explores the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates – therefore the fight between Apple and Microsoft – in the 1970s and 1990s. The interesting thing is that, as it was released in 1999, Pirates of the Silicon Valley arrived shortly after Jobs returned to the company after the episode of his resignation, in 1985, and the purchase of NeXT by Apple, in 1996.
Why it’s cool? Because it shows how two of the largest and most successful technology companies in the world were born and makes it clear that the dispute is not always fair.
Actually, Startup.com is a documentary, not a film, but it offers valuable lessons on how management problems and internal power struggles can harm – and even sink – a company. Launched in 2001, the production tells the failure of a promising North American startup called GovWorks.
Why is it cool? In addition to the points mentioned, the documentary shows how tensions in the environment of work can destroy friendships.
4. Wall Street
Launched in 1987 and directed by Oliver Stone, Wall Street shows a little bit of what went on behind the scenes of the 1980s millionaire business world in the United States and how the corporate environment was permeated by ambition, greed, aggressiveness and boundless rivalry.
Why is it cool? Because it reveals how young entrepreneurs can easily be seduced and be led to make unethical decisions in the name of success.
5. The Big Bet
Directed by Adam McKay, The Big Bet was released in 2015 and brings together 3 stories that are slightly connected and related to the causes of the 2007/2008 economic crisis that hit the US housing market and reverberated strongly all over the world, highlighting characters who found ways to profit from it.
Why is it cool? Because, in addition to revealing what triggered the famous crisis, the film is about the importance of being visionary and taking risks, even when it means going against what is practiced in the market.
6. The Godfather
The The Godfather trilogy needs no introduction, and, although it is a plot focused mainly on the Corleone family mobsters, it allows us to draw several lessons in entrepreneurship, such as the importance of networking, of understanding the competition, establishing good relationships and how the treatment we give to others can yield good business.
Why is it cool? Because it addresses related issues, such as corporate succession and diversification, competitive strategies, employee retention and mergers and acquisitions, for example.
7. The Wolf of Wall Street
Based on a true story, The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013, tells the story of Jordan Belfort and explores his rise and fall as a stockbroker for a New York company due to corruption scandals and insurance fraud.
Why is it cool? Because the film basically shows how entrepreneurs should not behave and what they should not do to achieve fortune and success.
8. The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada, from 2006, can be a dramatic comedy, but the feature film, in addition to motivating the public not to give up the search for a dream job, brings lessons on entrepreneurship, including lessons on how to deal with uncomfortable situations, little environments and how to grow in a corporation.
Why is it cool? Because it addresses issues related to professional development, meritocracy, the importance of the media and even marketing and sales techniques.
9. Success at Any Price
Based on a highly successful piece in the USA, Success at Any Price was released in 1992 and follows the dramas and competition between realtors during a tumultuous period in the company (pickaxe) for which they work.
Why is it cool? Because it shows the difficulties of professionals in the field to prosper and survive the pressures they are subjected to and because the film usually is used in sales team training.
10. Thank you for Smoking
Launched in 2006, this comedy follows the trajectory of Nick Naylor, a spokesman for major US cigarette manufacturers, and satires the tobacco industry. But Thanks for Smoking is also an excellent choice for those who want to develop the art of “selling ice to Eskimos”.
Why is it cool? Because it offers insights valuable on how it is possible to sell anything when you know how to use persuasion weapons with skill, in addition to addressing issues related to crisis management, corporate communication, the importance of public relations and the impact of successful advertising and marketing campaigns (or poorly) elaborated.