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Anjali Jhangiani
Friday, 1 June 2018

Here are five television series that show you the fun as well as the gritty side of starting your own business

One brilliant idea is all it takes to build a successful business that changes the world. Or so you’d think. In reality, it takes much more than just the idea. It takes a passionate team, perseverance, the ability to accept failure, learn from your mistakes and rise above it, to find adequate funding, to work out sustainability, and so much more. The journey of a start-up might look fun, but the hustle is gruelling. Here are five television shows and web series that give you a glimpse of what it’s really like to be a part of a start-up:

Shark Tank is arguably the most revered business-entertainment reality show on television right now. With India’’s expansive start-up culture and deep-rooted business mindset, Shark Tank has a fanbase across age groups and milieu with its unique approach to reality television. A crash course in how to make the perfect pitch, Season 9 of the show is a class of Business:101, that further ups the ante for reality-entertainment shows on Indian television. You can watch Shark Tank in India from Monday-Friday at 9 pm on Colours Infinity. It is also avilable on Netflix.

How I Made My Millions takes you to the greenroom of the business world where, after the curtain fall, the biggest tycoons reveal how they took ordinary ideas and turned them into extraordinary businesses. The show paints the picture of the typical American dream and tries to show that if you have the idea, the resources and the willpower, you can make things happen. This show is a CNBC original.

If you’re as clueless about digital currency as the rest of the country, this show will clarify quite a few doubts. This gritty drama follows three unlikely tech entrepreneurs—– a banker from Brooklyn, a Haitian gang lord and a Cuban hacker—behind a brilliant, controversial but nonetheless revolutionary idea, and a crooked FBI agent trying to take them down. Set in Miami, Izzy Morales creates an unregulated digital currency called GenCoin (the fictional avatar of the real-life Bitcoin). Andy, a young lawyer whose father needs to hide his black money, partners with Izzy and funds the project. This lands them under the radar of FBI Financial Crimes Agent, Phil Rask played by Martin Freeman (remember him as Watson from Sherlock?). The cast also includes Adam Brody, Otmara Marrero, Edi Gathegi, Ashley Hinshaw, Karissa Montaner, Ron Perlman, and Addison Timlin. You can watch Startup on Amazon Prime.

The Profit shows that being a successful entrepreneur is not all about rainbows and butterflies. It shows the challenging and often ugly side of starting your own business. The show revolves real-life businessman Marcus Lemonis, one of the biggest sharks of the business world and his decision to invest money into struggling companies and turn them into highly profitable entities in return for a percentage of both business and profit. The Profit is a great watch for budding entrepreneurs.

Created by The Viral Fever (TVF) and developed by Arunabh Kumar, this series follows four friends, Naveen, Jitu, Yogi and Mandal, who quit their jobs in order to develop their own start-up company. With some hilariously epic punch lines and great acting, the show grabbed attention right from its first episode when Naveen, gets super drunk and calls up his boss in the middle of the night to quit his job. With a rating of 9.4 on IMDB, TVF Pitchers is a must watch for every first-time entrepreneur in India. Watch it on YouTube or the TVF Play app. 

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