TV Shows

Silicon Valley:
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) brings his irreverent brand of humor, and his own experiences working in Silicon Valley, to the award-winning comedy now entering its third season.
http://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley/

Why I like it: The show is the perfect mix of startup drama, hilarious comedy, and education on the intricacies of running a tech company in the Valley. The biggest part of every early stage startup is the team, and this cast does an amazing job.

 

Shark Tank:
Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed reality show that has inspired a nation to dream bigger and reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season.
http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank

Why I like it: There are an amazing selection of companies that I love learning about as the pitch to the sharks, and they pick companies that solve problems that are relatable to the audience. Additionally, each of the investors comes to the table offering not just funding but valuable resources as an investment partner.

 

Half and Catch Fire
Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.
http://www.amc.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

Why I like it: The show is an action-packed drama about life in the start of the tech world of 1980s. Through the show, viewers can live the startup life vicariously through the main characters and the references to technologies and competitors of the time period is extremely interesting.

 

 

TV Shows

Startup
StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. Season 1 chronicles the founding of the podcast company itself, Gimlet Media. Season 2 follows another startup, “dating ring” through its ups and downs, and season 4 highlights one new company per episode. The last season to date, season 4 chronicles controversial American Apparel Founder Dov Charney as he takes on his new venture.
https://gimletmedia.com/startup/

Why I like it: The audio journalism in this podcast is an engaging insight to everydaylife of growing startup companies. The podcast can put you at ease knowing other companies are facing the same situation, and also provide best practices to apply at your own venture

 

The Pitch
Listen as startups pitch investors for funding.The Pitch takes listeners behind the scenes to hear actual pitches from founders AND responses from investors. It’s a collaborative effort that we hope will both entertain and educate. If you want to hear the story behind The Pitch, be sure to listen to episode 1 titled, Why The Pitch.  It took just one day to became the #1 most upvoted podcast on Product Hunt of all time. Then Inc.com named us one of the Top 13 Entrepreneur Podcasts and Forbes recognized us as one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.
https://thepitch.fm/

Why I like it: The startup selection is really good and it is basically the podcast version of Shark Tank, but based even more on the terminology and discussion of Angel Investors. Anyone seeking funding should listen to the Pitch before giving their own.