The Founder: A Movie About McDonald's Early Days as a Startup

Henry Truc |

Today, if you ask someone to describe what a startup or emerging growth company looks like, they'll most likely think about tech companies with millennial CEOs running around in hoodies creating the latest on-demand service app that's about to disrupt some legacy industry. But startups and growth stocks weren't always like that. Investors often forget that some of the biggest names in the world today were considered the fastest-growing companies of their times in decades past. As an example, McDonald's (MCD) is currently valued at over $100 billion and operates in countless countries around the world, but six decades ago, the company was just a small burger chain owned and operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald. That is, until traveling salesman and future business legend Ray Kroc came into the picture and forever changed the food-service industry in America, and eventually, the world.

If you've ever wondered what that would look like, you're in luck. The Founder, an upcoming biopic of Kroc and the early days of McDonald's, is slated to come out in August of this year. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie and The Blind Side) and written by Robert D. Siegel (There Will Be Blood and The Social Network), the film is basically a period piece startup movie. Innovative founders meet enterprising businessman and go on to change the world, but not before a dramatic falling out takes place (what startup hasn't had that happen, right?). The film is loaded with stars too, including Michael Keaton (playing Kroc), Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, and more.

The film's synopsis reads:

"Written by Robert Siegel (BIG FAN), THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire."

Watch the trailer above.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MCD McDonald's Corporation 163.83 3.30 2.06 2,133,715 Trade


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