Whether you’re an entrepreneur, aspiring founder, are studying or just interested in the fast-paced and competitive world of business, there’s plenty you can learn from the comfort of your sofa.
We’ve rounded up some of the best programs to watch for insights into the many moving parts that make up a successful business. Peruse the list by section depending on your needs or watch them all, there’s lots to keep you entertained and learning in this round-up.
1. The Call Of The Entrepreneur
This documentary on Amazon Prime Video tells the stories of three individuals who take huge risks in order to find success. Watch this if you’re in need of some inspiring and uplifting stories to motivate you to put your business idea in motion, or to take it to the next level.
2. The Creative Brain
A documentary about human creativity from neuroscientist and best-selling author, David Eagleman. Watch it on Netflix for insights into the creative process, to unlock your creativity and that of your team.
3. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
This documentary, released shortly after Jobs passed away, explores what influenced him as well as how his talent and imagination has shaped our lives. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video for insights into the philosophy of the enigmatic man behind Apple.
4. American Experience: Henry Ford
This documentary follows the rise of American industrialist Henry Ford. Ford was one of the most influential innovators of 20th century and is known for his transformation of the American car industry. His ideas and his automobiles changed the way we work and live. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video for an impressive example of how one man’s vision can impact the lives of many.
5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
85-year-old sushi chef Jiro is driven by a vision of pure perfection. His Tokyo restaurant has become a mecca for foodies willing to spend $300 on a single plate. Watch this documentary on Netflix to follow Jiro’s story and see how drive and passion can be a recipe for business success.
BRAND & MARKETING
6. Freakonomics The Movie
What makes people do what they do? This documentary, based on the bestselling book, explores the science behind human behavior. Watch this for useful insights that will inform your strategies for marketing, sales and growth.
7. The Director
Italian fashion designer Frida Giannini was Creative Director at Gucci from 2006-2014. This intriguing documentary looks behind the scenes at the world-renowned fashion house and at Giannini’s life and work. Watch it on Netflix to see how a concept makes it to the runway and to gain insights on building and maintaining a venerated brand.
8. Print the Legend
This critically acclaimed documentary on Netlfix depicts the rapid growth of the novel 3D printing market. Watch the drama unfold as new and more established companies race for the position of market leader.
9. Beer Wars
What happens when small, independent enterprises break into an established market and take on powerful corporations for a share of the profits? This documentary explores that question through the lens of the American beer industry.
The paradigm shift caused by the digital revolution opened opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs to establish new markets. This documentary explores the advent of digital media sharing and the consequential disruption of the music industry, and features interviews with Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, as well as The Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Noel Gallagher, and former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, amongst others. Watch for insights from both sides of the argument at a seminal moment in music business history.
11. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
This influential documentary caused the multinational American retail chain to sit up and take notice by drawing attention to poor practices across the business that were affecting people and communities. Watch this for an understanding of why a strong purpose and ethics should sit at the heart of good business, and the scale of the fall-out when they are not.
PHILOSOPHY & BUSINESS
12. Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words
Russian American author and philosopher Ayn Rand is known for Objectivism, the philosophical system she developed that champions productive achievement and reason. Watch this on Amazon Prime Video to understand a much-discussed philosophical approach to capitalism, and for ideas that may help you keep calm and take decisive action whilst facing challenges at work.
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
13. American Factory
This Netflix documentary follows the re-opening of a closed American General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, by Chinese company Fuyao. Hiring 2,000 American workers, Fuyao brought hope to citizens of the town surrounding the plant. But the clash between Chinese and American cultures and expectations made the journey to profitability a challenging one. This documentary offers a fascinating insight into the effects global corporations can have on the lives of people working for them around the world.
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