No matter how much you study or read on starting your own business and to become a successful entrepreneur, nothing can beat the visual guide to support you in this endeavor. Recent years were filled with reality TV shows that make you smarter about the business and bring out the entrepreneur in you. This reading is about the popular television series on entrepreneurship that every young and old entrepreneur must watch.
1. Dragon’s Den
Let’s start with Dragon’s Den (2005) which is UK based reality TV show where entrepreneurs are looking for funding for their already operational businesses and presenting ideas to a panel of five real-life wealthy investors; The Dragons. The shows require contestants to specify the amount they need from Dragons to expand and promote business; and in exchange, contestants offer equity to investors in their business. Overall it is a reasonably interesting reality show.
2. Shark Tank
Shark Tank (2009) is a derived from the concept of Dragon’s Den. It instantly gained popularity and encourage non-entrepreneurs as well. The show follows a panel of high-net-worth & self-made millionaires and billionaires. The panel normally includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Canadian entrepreneur Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, founder of fashion giant Fubu and investor Damon John, “The Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, and owner of Herjavec Securities and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Robert Herjavec.
3. The Profit
The Profit (2013) presents entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, who invests into dying businesses with anticipations of changing them for the better. He does not just invest his money but also his time as well, during which he provides direction and consultancy to the owners of the business. Owners who take his advice succeed, whereas others who are too rigid are destined to failure. The slogan of the show comprises of the three P’s – People, Process, and Product. This is one of the TV shows that you should must watch because it is a great lesson for the young entrepreneurs.
4. How I made my Millions
How I made my Millions (2009) airs on CNBC channel and look into the lives of ordinary people who took the ordinary ideas and turned them into extraordinary businesses. It talks about the companies that cross the $1 million threshold. Each entrepreneur took risks, followed their dreams and with a lot of hard work and some luck, become a millionaire.
5. Beyond the Tank
Beyond the Tank is sort of one-hour sequel to the Shark Tank. Viewers know what happens in the shark tank, but what really happens after the deals in the shark tank when we see the businesses after 6 months later? It shows us the aftermaths of the investor’s decision to invest. It is interesting to see that some businesses that got turned went on to do well.
So if you are influenced by these reality TV shows, then feel free to watch and enjoy these shows and learn few business strategies and tricks in a highly entertaining environment.