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The Social Network Do you ever wonder how Mark Zuckerberg made it with Facebook and how he transformed from a Harvard student to the founder of the world’s most popular social media platform. Why watch ‘The Social Network’? Never mind if this was overdramatized. The film gives viewers a better understanding of how to make a startup succeed by exhibiting such qualities as being flexible and resilient. Every time I watch this movie it motivates me to be a better entrepreneur. Company Men Bob Walker (Ben Affleck), Bobby a young executive at a shipping and manufacturing conglomerate, is on the fast track to the top until the Great Recession hits. His company goes through a few rounds of layoffs, so Bobby and accomplished colleagues Phil (Chris Cooper) and Gene (Tommy Lee Jones) find themselves on the unemployment line. As the effects of their (seemingly) ef professional pursuits come to a screeching halt, the three men redefine their lives as they struggle to survive in a hostile post-career landscape.  Corporate life didn’t turn out lilike you’d planned (join the club)? Well, this is the movie for YOU!

Joy Jo is the story of a single Joy mom, Joy Mangano (played by Jennifer Lawrence) that overcame insurmountable odds to turn the Miracle Mop into a household name. Corrupt business partners, discouraging family members, running out of money, and overcoming personal challenges are just a few of the true to life events the movie portrays as Joy desperately attempts to turn her dreams into a reality. It’s a super inspirational movie certain to give you the entrepreneurial “push” to get over the business doldrums. Plenty of good entrepreneurial lessons in this movie; the biggest takeaway is how important the art of perseverance is. Joy refuses to accept defeat – even when defeat is seems inevitable – and triumphs over failure after failure to build her Home Shopping Network Empire.

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Startup Guide Issue 8  

Social media has forever changed the way we interact with each other. We talk to Amna Niazi and Sadaf Zarrar - the dynamic duo behind Siddy...

Startup Guide Issue 8  

Social media has forever changed the way we interact with each other. We talk to Amna Niazi and Sadaf Zarrar - the dynamic duo behind Siddy...