The Precariousness of Life in a Startup isn’t for Everyone, but that Doesn’t Mean you have to Miss Out on the Excitement. There’s Always a Film that can Bring You up to Scratch. Startups are Built on lofty Ambitions, and the Plot is Difficult to Resist: Ideas taken from Small Beginnings in a Garage to a Crummy Shared Office Space and Sometimes to a Multinational Headquarters. Here are Some Films, TV Shows & Documentaries that Capture Big Stories: PC Revolutions, Moonshots, Disrupted Industries, Genius Founders, Successful Exits, and Painful Failures
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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
IMDB RATING – 7.3/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 89%
Pirates of Silicon Valley is an Original (1999) TNT American Drama Film, Directed by Martyn Burke & Starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs & Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. Spanning the Years 1971–1997 and Based on Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine’s Book Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer, It Explores the Impact of the Rivalry Between Jobs (Apple Computer) & Gates (Microsoft) on the Development of the Personal Computer.
It is a Semi-Historical Depiction of the Famous Rivalry Between Steve Jobs & Bill Gates, It Takes Place Over 3 Acts. The First Covers Jobs’ and Wozniak’s Formative Years in Early-1970s UC Berkeley and Gates’ and Ballmer’s at Harvard. The Second Act Covers the Revolutionary Development of the PC and the Fall of Jobs at Apple in the Mid-1980s. Finally, the Film Shows Jobs’ Return and An Alliance with Gates that was Announced in the 90s.
IMDB RATING – 6.8/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 60%
e-Dreams is a 2001 American Documentary Film Directed by Wonsuk Chin Portraying the Rise & Fall of Kozmo.com, An Online Convenience Store that Utilized Bike Messengers to Deliver Goods Ordered Online Within an Hour.
The Movie Follows Joseph Park & Yong Kang, Korean American Investment Bankers, Whose Company Started in a Warehouse with a Small Group of Employees and Grew to 3,000 Employees and an 11-City Network Within a Year. Kozmo.com Raised $250 Million in Capital and Attracted Attention from Amazon.com and Starbucks. However, the Lack of a Sustainable Business Plan and the Inability to Raise Additional Capital Due to the dot-com Bust and Stock Market Correction of the Early 2000s Forced the Company Out of Business by 2001.
e-Dreams’ Relevance has Only Increased in Recent Years as Another Generation of On-demand Start-ups have Burned through Capital and Struggled to Attain Viable Unit economics, even as Funding and Deals to the Category Slump.
The Social Network (2010)
IMDB RATING – 7.7/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 96%
The Social Network is a 2010 American Drama Film Directed by David Fincher and Written by Aaron Sorkin, is An Engaging Film that Shows the Complex Mark Zuckerberg take Facebook from a Sexist Algorithm Written on A Window to the Vanguard of the Social Graph.
Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 Book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, the Film Portrays the Founding of Social Networking Website Facebook and the Resulting Lawsuits. It Stars Jesse Eisenberg as Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the Other Principals Involved in the Website’s Creation. Neither Zuckerberg nor any Other Facebook Staff Were Involved with the Project, although Saverin was a Consultant for Mezrich’s Book. The Film was Released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.
The Social Network Received Widespread Acclaim, with Critics Praising its Direction, Screenplay, Acting, Editing and Score. Although Several People Portrayed in the Film Criticized its Historical Inaccuracies, the Film Appeared on 78 Critics’ Top 10 Lists for 2010; of those Critics, 22 had the Film in their Number-One Spot, the Most of any Film in its Year. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said “The Social Network is the Movie of the Year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it Further. Lacing their Scathing wit with an Aching Sadness, they Define the Dark Irony of the Past Decade.” It Was also Roger Ebert’s Selection for the Best Film of the Year.
At the 83rd Academy Awards, the Film Received 8 Nominations, Including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, & Best Actorfor Eisenberg, and Won 3 for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. The Film also Received Awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, & Best Original Score at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.
Crocodile in the Yangtze (2012)
IMDB RATING – 8.1/10
“I think it’s Very Important to Enter the International Market. If One Day We turn On the Computer and Everything On it is Foreign, then it Will Be Too Late and We Will Regret It,” said Alibaba Founder Jack Ma in 1995. Crocodile in the Yangtze is Not Just the Story of Alibaba, But the Story of China’s Economic Revolution, and its Impact on the World. The Engrossing Docu-memoir, Narrated by Alibaba Former Marketing VP Porter Erisman, Follows Jack Ma, Alibaba’s Enigmatic CEO as He Takes the Company from his Apartment to a US IPO of Over $25 Billion.
The Startup Kids (2012)
IMDB RATING – 6.8/10
The Startup Kids is a Documentary with Interviews with Young Tech Founders, Including the Founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud, Debito, & xsmoke. Founders Relate the Stories of Inspiration and Drive that Allowed them to Build Creative and Impactful Businesses at an Unusually Young Age.
Along with that People from the Tech Scene Speaks About the Startup Environment including the Venture Capitalist (VC) Tim Draper and MG Siegler, Tech Blogger at Techcrunch
Silicon Valley (2014)
IMDB RATING – 8.5/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 98%
Silicon Valley is an American Comedy Television Series Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The Series Focuses on 6 Young Men who Found a Startup Company in Silicon Valley.
The Series Premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. The First Season Consisted of 8 Episodes. HBO Renewed the Series for a Second Season, which Premiered on April 12, 2015.
The Second Season Consisted of 10 Episodes. On April 13, 2015.
HBO Renewed Silicon Valley for a Third Season, As Well Which Premiered on April 24, 2016. The Third Season Consisted of 10 Episodes. On April 21, 2016, HBO Announced it had Renewed the Series for a Again for the Fourth Season to Air in 2017.
Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley Hits A Little too Close to Home. The Critically Acclaimed and Popular Satirical HBO Series follows Pied Piper, A Startup Based on a Revolutionary Data-Compression Algorithm, from its Infancy in a Split-level Suburban “Incubator” to a TechCrunch Disrupt Brawl to a Debutante at the VC Ball. With Story Lines and Characters Ripped Right from the Tech Blogs, Silicon Valley Captures the Absurdity of the Current Startup Moment like No Other Show on Television.
Halt and Catch Fire (2014)
IMDB RATING – 8.2/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 86%
Halt and Catch Fire is an American Period Drama Television Series Created by Christopher Cantwell & Christopher C. Rogers, that Premiered on AMC on June 1, 2014. The 1980s Does Not Look Glamorous in Halt and Catch Fire, A Cinematic Period Drama Set in the Early, Roughand Tumble Days of the Personal Computer. The Fictional Series Uses the Biggest Technology Revolution in History as a Backdrop for the Small, Personal Stories of Hustler/Salesman, Engineer, and Developer. Central to the Series is the Drive that Leads these Brilliant People to take Cardiff Electric, A Middling Texas Tech Company, Up Against the Seemingly Unstoppable Big Blue. It’s an Early Version of Dial-up Services such as Compuserve, Prodigy, and AOL.
The Series is Set in the Silicon Prairie of Texas, Starting in 1983, and Depicts a Fictionalized Insider’s View of the Personal Computer Revolution. The Show’s Title Refers to Computer Machine Code Instruction HCF, the Execution of which would Cause the Computer’s Central Processing Unit to Stop Working (“Catch Fire” was a Humorous Exaggeration).
In August 2014, AMC Renewed Halt and Catch Fire for a Second Season, Which Premiered on May 31, 2015 and Concluded on August 2, 2015. In October 2015, AMC Renewed the Series for a 10 Episode Third Season, with the First Episode Airing on August 21, 2016, Ahead of the 2 Hour Season Premiere on August 23, 2016.
Steve Jobs (2015)
IMDB RATING – 7.2/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES – 86%
Steve Jobs is a 2015 American Biographical Drama Film Directed by Danny Boyle and Written by Aaron Sorkin. Steve Jobs is a Memorable Portrayal of a Larger-than-life Character Who Fathered the Mac, iPod, and iPhone, turned Apple into the Most Valuable Company in the World, Came to Define the Role of the Present Day Tech CEO, and Pioneered Now-tired Silicon Valley Tropes such as the Product Release Keynote. The Movie Both Questions and Endorses the Myth of Steve Jobs and the Tech Industry’s Version of Revolutionary Capitalism.
Based on the Biography of the Same Name by Walter Isaacson, as Well as Interviews Conducted by Sorkin, the Film is Structured into 3 Acts which Cover 14 Years (1984–1998) in the Life of Personal Computing Innovator and Apple Inc. Co-founder Steve Jobs, with Each Act taking Place Immediately Prior to the Launch of A Key Product – the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT Computer and the iMac. Jobs is Portrayed by Michael Fassbender, with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Danielsin Supporting Roles.
Development On the Project Began in 2011 After the Rights to Isaacson’s Book Were Acquired. Sorkin Wrote the Screenplay with Filming Beginning in January 2015. A Variety of Actors Were Considered and Cast before Fassbender Eventually took the Role. Editing was Extensive on the Project, with Editor Elliot Graham Noting that He was Working on Existing Footage while the Film was Still Shooting. Daniel Pemberton Served as the Film’s Composer, with a Focus Dedicated to Dividing the Score into 3 Distinguishable Sections.
Steve Jobs Premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival on September 5, 2015, and Began a Limited Release in New York and Los Angeles on October 9, 2015. It Opened Nationwide in the U.S. on October 23, 2015 to Critical Acclaim. Individuals Close to Jobs Such as Steve Wozniak and John Sculley would Praise the Film’s Performances, but Dispute Some of the Film’s Scenes as Inaccurate. Winslet Won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress and Sorkin Won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay at the 73rd Golden Globes, while Fassbender and Winslet both Received Nominations for Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress, Respectively, at the 88th Academy Awards.