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10 business movies every entrepreneur should watch



Actor Will Smith and his son starring in the film The Pursuit of Happyness
Starring Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness was released in 2006 and won a MTV Movie Award in the following year

There are all kinds of rankings on the web due to the simple fact that today’s audience has tools that were previously undreamed of. Before the internet, one had to wait for print media to release a list to find a ranking on a particular kind of product. Today, however, thanks to online magazines and websites, one can find product rankings in an instant. This particular list will focus on the 10 movies you absolutely must see if you are an entrepreneur. In every list there is a subjective aspect, which depends on the taste of the film critic, and an objective aspect, which is supported by numerous factors. This list is no exception.


1 – The Social Network – David Fincher

The Social Network is a prime example of this combination of subjective and objective aspects. If you have never heard of it, The Social Network tells about the birth of Facebook, the legal happenings involved, and how successful entrepreneurship does not come from a single light bulb moment, but from something else. That other factor is the ability to understand reality, people’s needs and to organize them. Before Facebook there were many experiments with social media, but what distinguished this product is the organization of various ideas concentrated in a single project. For any entrepreneur it is an indispensable film.


2 – The Big Short – Adam Mckay

Compared to the previous film, The Big Short is a less enjoyable, less popular film because it discusses a complex topic with difficult-to-understand terms and situations. Throughout the film there are many written inserts that literally illustrate the concept the characters are discussing. Those in business will probably not need these explanations, but they will be enraptured and frightened by the changeability of the market and the need not to gamble on something unpredictable.


3 – The Wolf Of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

The Wolf Of Wall Street might seem like a straightforward tale of a businessman’s rise and fall – one of many similar stories. And indeed, it is. From Citizen Kane onward, there have been so many films that follow this narrative. Yet the epic of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, also discusses how success can devour you if you are unable to set limits on yourself. Remember that all successful entrepreneurs need boundaries, even if you are at the top of your field.


4 – The Founder – John Lee Hancock

This is the story of the man who invented the global fast food brand McDonald’s. That alone is enough. The whole film revolves around the concept of perseverance, a quality that made an ordinary 52-year-old a billionaire.


5 – Steve Jobs – Danny Boyle

The motivation for this film is also the same as the previous one: to take its audience the mind of a visionary, how the charisma of such people works, and how they build a mythological aura around them. The film deals with three phases of Jobs’ life and gives a very positive portrait of him with almost no controversy.


6 – The Pursuit Of Happyness – Gabriele Muccino

Similarly to The Founder, this film by Gabriele Muccino is about perseverance, but perseverance of a different kind. Unlike The Founder, The Pursuit Of Happyness is about a father and son without a home, money, without anything except each other. The man (and this is a true story) becomes a millionaire. This hopeful movie serves to remind the entrepreneur not to give up in the face of hardship.


7 – Joy – David O. Russell

Joy is a film about generations and associates entrepreneurship with the concept of imagination. For the latter reason it is a must-see film for anyone who wants to start a business, whether small or large. One must have imagination and explore territories unknown to people. This is the only way to find a novel product that people need.


8 – Wall Street – Oliver Stone

The financial landscape since 1987 has changed so much, yet this work by Oliver Stone is still a must for anyone who wants to understand the ruthless dynamics of the business world.


9 – Pirates Of Silicon Valley – Martyn Burke

This is a film that was released directly on television. It didn’t make a big splash on its release, but it has become a cult film for its account of Silicon Valley. It’s actually more of a film about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, how they met and both of their run to success. For any entrepreneur it is an important film because it discusses how competition can be healthy, if stimulated within certain limits.


10 – Erin Brockovich – Steven Soderbergh

It may not seem like a film for anyone who is an entrepreneur, yet it has a very important message about gender issues and how not to give up in the face of discrimination. There is still a very strong prejudice in the world about women in business, entrepreneurs or not, and Erin Brockovich is a film that can make anyone understand just that.


The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project announces 50 nominees



Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project
Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day 2023, Häagen-Dazs launched ‘The Rose Project’, a global initiative with a $100,000 (USD) bursary grant inviting nominations to recognise unsung trailblazing women in honour of the brand’s female co-founder Rose Mattus. Yesterday, 23 November, on what would have been Rose Mattus’ birthday, Häagen-Dazs announced the top 50 #WomenWhoDontHoldBack nominees being shortlisted for their achievements and its five globally accomplished Häagen-Dazs Rose Project judges.

Over 2,500 applications were received for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project putting forward pioneering efforts and societal contributions made by women across the globe. From these, 50 talented and inspirational women have been shortlisted and will be put forward to win one of five monetary grants of $20,000 (USD), which will be announced on International Women’s Day 2024, to continue their exceptional work, unleash their potential or give to a cause they are passionate about. The top 50 shortlist includes women from 17 countries hailing from across Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Australia and the Americas.

The all-female judging panel from across the world has been handpicked for the final selection stage of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project includes. UK-based author, broadcaster and philanthropist Katie Piper, fashion entrepreneur and advocate for women’s fertility issues, Velda Tan from Singapore and Spanish entrepreneur and creative director Inés Arroyo, are amongst the judges.

“International Women’s Day 2023 marked the launch of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project to honour the legacy of our co-founder, Rose Mattus, and create a fund platform to provide opportunities to women across all fields around the world who are truly deserving of support and recognition. We were thrilled to receive thousands of nominations across countries and our #WomenWhoDontHoldBack Top 50 shortlist is a compelling and diverse mosaic of trailblazing female narratives that moved us and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere”, says Aurélie Lory, Häagen-Dazs spokesperson.

To find out more about the story of each entrepreneur shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project, visit:

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47% of women feel their workplace is not combatting inequality



Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 | Photo: Eóin Noonan/Web Summit

The proportion of women who feel that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality has nearly doubled in a year, a new survey has revealed.

Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event taking place in Lisbon this week, has released its third annual State of Gender Equity in Tech report, which is based on a survey distributed among its women in tech community.

76.1 percent of respondents feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position; fewer respondents (41.8 %) feel the need to choose between family and career when compared to 2022 (50.4 %); and there is at least one woman in a senior management position in 80.4 percent of respondents’ companies, a similar proportion to last year (81.3%).

The survey found that 70.5 percent of respondents feel pressure to prove their worth compared to male counterparts, while 77.2 percent feel they need to work harder to prove themselves because of their gender.

Over three quarters of respondents (76.1 %) feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position. And almost half of respondents think that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality, increasing from 26 percent in 2022 to 47
percent in 2023.

“While it is encouraging to see progress in some areas, such as those feeling the need to choose between their family and career, there are also some deeply concerning trends within this report. Seeing an increase in those who report having experienced sexism in the workplace in the last year is disheartening in 2023. We hope that this kind of research can breed some positives, and that it will push workplaces – and women within these workplaces – to broach these topics and make progress in these areas,” said Carolyn Quinlan, VP of community at Web Summit.

Last year, 42 percent of attendees at Web Summit were women and 33 percent of speakers were women. In 2023 these numbers have slightly improved with 43 percent of attendees and 38 percent of speakers on stage being women this year.

The women in tech programme at this year’s Web Summit is at capacity, and the women in tech programme at Web Summit Rio 2023 reached capacity in record time.

The WebSummit 2023 is running from November 13th to 16th in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Krispy Kreme to give away free donuts on World Kindness Day



A box of Krispy Kreme donuts opened and with donuts inside
The company, founded in 1937, is giving away 60,000 free doughnuts around the world today | Photo: Clément Proust

American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, Krispy Kreme, is celebrating “World Kindness Day” today by distributing free donuts in the US and the UK.

The chain is giving away a box of a dozen glazed donuts for free with no purchase necessary. But only the first 500 guests that visit each participating Krispy Kreme US stores on “World Kindness Day”, Monday November 13th, will be able to get a free box of donuts.

Krispy Kreme often gives away free or discounted donuts to generate buzz on special occasions. The company, founded in 1937, traditionally gives out free donuts to customers on National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June of each year. And in July, a dozen of glazed donuts were sold for 86 cents to celebrate its 86th birthday.

Thousands of free donuts are also expected to be given away today across Krispy Kreme stores in the United Kingdom, with customers being encouraged to ask for the World Kindness Day offer. No purchase necessary.

The company, which operates in over 30 countries around the world, said it wants the brand associated with World Kindness Day to make “meaningful connections” with customers.

“World Kindness Day is an opportunity to make a positive difference by being generous,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s global chief brand officer, said in a release. “Simple gestures of caring and thanks, including sharing a sweet treat, is a great way to do that.”

Krispy Kreme said that it’s considering expanding a limited partnership it has with McDonald’s to sell more of its donuts at the latter’s location.

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