The 2012 documentary The Startup Kids explores the world of young and successful web entrepreneurs from both the United States and Europe. The film interviews some heavy hitters in the business like the founders of Dropbox, Playfish, Soundclound and more. The purpose of the film was to allow these successful individuals to share their stories of entrepreneurial achievement and hopefully provide insight for the viewer. See the trailer below:
Overall the reactions to this film are quite mixed. Ultimately it has to do with the viewer’s expectations. If you are looking for an in-depth guide on how to be successful in business, then this film will surely disappoint. From a business perspective The Startup Kids is fairly light on providing advice for young entrepreneurs. Mostly those interviewed provide fairly generic advice for newcomers to the industry.
However the film does do a good job of showing the many different paths that can lead to success. Some entrepreneurs interviewed had found success early and accumulated massive wealth while others struggled financially month to month. The film creates a decent cross-section of the types of individuals who found startup success. Small business owners will most certainly find a story to relate to and draw inspiration from.
Even though ultimately the film is lacking in providing a wealth of business advice, there are some main takeaways from the film:
-Startups are a great way for a young person to break into the business world
-The only requirements are an idea, a laptop and Wi-Fi
-The price of creating a tech startup has decreased dramatically in recent years
-Those living the entrepreneur life must be prepared for emotional swings. They often experience high highs and low lows.
-Differentiate your company from the countless other businesses out there by finding creative ways to make your brand memorable
-Almost all those interviewed highlighted persistence, a passionate drive and an acceptance of failure
-Sometimes everything just boils down to plain dumb luck
The Startup Kids works far more on an inspirational level than on an instructive or informational one. For small business owners looking for groundbreaking business advice, this is not the film for you. Yet there are indeed reasons to watch this documentary. These stories of success will help serve as motivation and encouragement to keep persisting even when things may look bleak. The Startup Kids is available to stream on Hulu and for purchase on Amazon.
This review was written by Abbey Research staff member Curtis and originally appeared on this site.