Mad Men: centers around a fictional New York ad agency in the early 1960’s. The show portrays life in a start-up the way few other television shows have. Over the course of six seasons, viewers have watched in anticipation as the firm’s partners battle for business, come to blows, grow big, get acquired, fall apart, re-launch, lose vital clients and, even merge with a previous rival.
While your business life will probably come with a few less cocktails, you will likely find some surprising parallels between the real world and Mad Men.
Silicon Valley: Produced by Mike Judge, HBO’s comedic series “Silicon Valley” is a spoof of the tech industry and basically satirizes the nerdy types within it, from their geek-speak to their bike meetings. It debuted in April, receiving mixed reviews from the tech industry it covers. Elon Musk’s criticisms include that he didn’t think the engineers were realistic, while venture capitalist Marc Andreessen sees parallels to its characters in real life. Sorry, Elon: it just got a Golden Globe nomination and the go-ahead for Season 2 and it is set to air at some point in 2015. T.J. Miller (pictured) plays the hapless incubator founder Erlich Bachman in “Silicon Valley.”
How I Made My Millions: This series centers around companies that are giant now but were startups at one point. The show typically interviews three major companies per episode, exploring how they started, how they grew and where they are now. Each episode offers a great outline of how each company turned their idea into a profitable business.
TechStars: is a reality show that follows six entrepreneurs through a three-month accelerator program. Combining mentoring with limited seed funding and access to wealthy investors, this rigorous start-up program offers an interesting behind-the-scenes peek of what venture capitalists really think about entrepreneurs and their startups.