The Rise of "Entrepreneur Porn": Why is it so Popular?

Ryan Bhandari |

These days, everybody wants to be an entrepreneur, particularly the younger generation. Millennials are regaining confidence in the economy and willing to take the risks associated with starting their own business. According to a survey done by Babson College, 18% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are starting or running their own business. This is an increase from 15% in the year 2013. As a matter of fact, in the last year alone, rates of entrepreneurship climbed by 14% across all age groups last year.

Everybody knows that it’s better to be your own boss than answer to someone else. Accordingly, more people are opting to become entrepreneurs right now to take their chance at achieving greatness.

It should come as no surprise that television shows exemplifying entrepreneurship have increased in popularity and prevalence. Here are the most popular and entertaining shows for entrepreneurs to watch.

Shark Tank

Perhaps the pinnacle of entrepreneur television, Shark Tank is a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking investments from five titans of industry (Sharks). The sharks can then choose to invest their own money if they think the idea is good. Often times though, these budding entrepreneurs leave disheartened and empty-handed. The show originally premiered on ABC in 2009 and has achieved tremendous success and popularity. Some of the sharks include: Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, and Barbara Corcoran.

The Profit

On The Profit, Marcus Lemonis offers small businesses capital investment and expertise in exchange for an ownership stake in the company. The show premiered on CNBC in 2013 and is in the middle of its third season right now. Like Shark Tank, The Profit has also enjoyed a lot of popularity and success.

The (Celebrity) Apprentice

NBC and megalomaniac Donald Trump first created The Apprentice in 2004 and the show continued until Mr. Trump declared his candidacy for President of the United States earlier this year. The show followed twenty people interested in business and entrepreneurship competing in an elimination competition for the chance to run one of Trump’s companies for one year. The show started with the contestants as ordinary people, but in 2008 the format of the show changed, and they decided to only use washed-up/has-been celebrities as the contestants.

Bar Rescue

Bar Rescuestars specialized bar consultant Jon Taffer and his quest to save failing bars all around the country. Taffer shows up to poorly run bars, yells at the owners and staff, and turns the bar around by redesigning it and teaching the employees and managers the proper way to run a successful bar. The show premiered in 2011 on Spike TV and has enjoyed tremendous popularity.

Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon Ramsey stars in this reality television show that revitalizes failing bars. It’s like Bar Rescue with restaurants, but when taking into account that this show was released in 2007, it may be more apt to say Bar Rescue is Kitchen Nightmares for bars. The show aired on the Fox network until it ended in June of 2014. It enjoyed seven very successful seasons.

Tabatha Takes Over

Staying with the theme of turning around failing businesses, Tabatha Takes Over follows Tabatha Coffey as she goes to failing salons around the country and reorganizes their business to be more competitive and successful. The show originally aired on Bravo in 2008 and has so far ran for five seasons with the last one ending in 2013. Bravo has not officially canceled the show, but there have been no indications that a sixth season will be coming any time soon.

Conclusion

There you have it. If any of you budding entrepreneurs out there need some helpful tips on how to run your business or just want a little entertainment, tune into any one of these shows to get your fix.

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