Unhah. Must Watch Videos for Startups!
I have watched several hundreds of videos over the last few years. Many of them failed and were literally a waste of my time. Luckily many of these startup videos where inspirational, motivational and interesting. Some of these videos are engraved in my mind and are constantly a reminder on what my objectives are. If you are a startup firm or an entrepreneur then I urge you to watch some of videos below and I guarantee you that they will inspire you to become a better human being and more successful.
The first video is a course from Stanford University, Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator has gathered tens of very successful entrepreneurs and recorded their live lectures. The entire video course last over 15 hours and it is worth every single minute.
The start page of the video course is here:
Some very successful entrepreneurs who have contributed to the entire course are:
- Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook
- Alex Schultz, VP of Growth at Facebook
- Peter Thiel, Co-Founder of PaypPal
From the entire “How to Start a Startup” course my favourite one is from Alex Schultz, VP of Growth at Facebook.
Why I Hate School but Love Education | Suli Breaks | 6:07
Suli Breaks is often seen as controversial and charismatic. He is a lover of the spoken and written word. The following video is very inspirational for many young people who are in education, he has a disbelief in our current education system and with this video .
The video tries to find an answer to the following question:
Does success in the school system correlate to success in life?
You can be the judge:
Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet | 30:03
Richard talks about the Ups and Downs of his very successful career and the almost dead experience.
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address |15:04
Steve Jobs has been to me and so many on this planet a true inspirational, perhaps a second dad and when he stood in front of so many thousands of people in Stanford he has inspired many millions.
In this video he urges graduates to pursue their dreams and see life’s drawbacks as true opportunities. This might well be the best 15 minutes you will spend in the rest of your life.
We will highlight a few more videos from Steve Jobs below.
Ideas That Spread, Win | Seth Godin | 8:27
Seth Godin is an American entrepreneur and an inspirational speaker with a twist. Seth looks at life and business in a different, yet very interesting way.
The key message in this video is clearly that if you want to be successful then ensure that your idea, your product must spread, even globally to be a success. Ideas that do not spread will die. As a startup you must come up with a product, a vision, an idea that makes a difference to people’s life – if you make a difference to their life then they will make a difference to yours.
How to Craft Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch or Networking Introduction – 4:06
This video is different then the previous videos, but nevertheless very valuable. In business, as a startup you will have to introduce very often your idea and your business. If you concentrate just on “you” rather then the value you provide to the person you are having a conversation with then they will just think “Who Cares”” – Consider this: “My name is Julia. I’m a dentist” or change this to “My name is Julie. I help people with their teeth problems”. In the first introduction you most likely think “So”, whereas in the second introduction you are intrigued on how she can do that as you had annoying teeth issues before. Enjoy the short video and take on the good advice, it will strengthen your pitch when you introduce your startup business next.
Where Good Ideas Come From | Steven Johnson – 18:16
Another great Ted Talk, recorded in Oxford London.
Is a great idea really a Eureka moment, a lightbulb that goes off or is a great idea more like a network of items that come together and causes a Big Band moment, an explosion of items that come together at the same time. Have a look for yourself at this video, any idea idea might well be inspired by the early stage coffee houses where people get together and socialize in an inspiring environment and one part of an idea will be fuelled with the other part and becomes a great idea.
How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek | 18:34
Do you know why you do what you do? If so, you will successful. Do you have the belief to help our customers? Do you know what really drives you to come out of bed every single morning? This is what set great leaders apart from poor leaders and sets entrepreneurs apart from successful entrepreneurs.
People will not buy from you because of “what” you but they will buy from you “why” you do it.
The Lean Startup – Lessons Learned – Eric Reis | 15:23
Fact: Many startups fail.
You don’t have to be one of them but stop wasting people’s time and create a product that people really care about and change the market. Secondly ensure that your startup or innovation provides value and make your customers live a better life.
According to Eric, successful entrepreneurs do not have always better ideas then un-successful entrepreneurs they have just better processes.
Failure – Steve Jobs | 1:43
A very quick video. Afraid of failing? You won’t get very far.
The Social Business Model – Muhammad Yunus
Create a business that benefits others and only others. This is the social business model that Muhammed talks about. The reverse of a profit maximising business. Muhammed is a Nobel prize winner.
How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | 5:55
This Tedx presentation does not present anything, anything at all.
However, it is amusing and as a startup you might have to present your idea or you will be a motivational speaker and this video will help you with this. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
One thing to take away is that you must master your topic, even if the topic is “nothing”.
Elon Musk – Founder of Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors | 26:42
Just 44 years old, comes from South Africa and his net worth is estimated at $15 Billion. Elon was the founder of Paypal, later on was involved in electric cars at Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Kevin Rose interviewed Elon, when Elon talks you listen. Very inspiring.
Listening to negative feedback and seek out the negative feedback is the one thing that Elon believes successful entrepreneurs should do more often.
A huge inspiring interview to all of us.
Music is my Sport | 50 Cent | 3:48
A different type of video. 50 cent is not your typical business startup person, however if you look at 50 cent’s life and from where he came you must have total respect. 50 cent was that person who once sold crack on the corner street and is now one of the richest rappers on this planet.
Being hungry for more, time and time again.
Entrepreneurial Advice from Billionaires | 2:25
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and others share with us some great advice.
I hope you have enjoyed this must watch video series for startups and entrepreneurs.
If you are starting out with your startup then I hope some of the advice will become useful at some point in time and perhaps IT Enterprise can help you with your startup and software prototyping needs or bespoke software.
Have we missed out on an inspirational video for Startups? Leave us a comment below.