The highlights from Startup Grind’s conference

The highlights from Startup Grind’s conference

This week Flippa was at Startup Grind as a sponsor, speaker and also to showcase our offering to small business owners. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect 2,000,000 entrepreneurs across 500 cities around the world. There were over 70  speakers and presentations across two days, from some of the most recent and exciting innovators. Here were my highlights from the two-day event.

Photo credits Alya Tau Photography

Ruud Hendriks (Startupbootcamp) interviewed by Simon Hudson (Privy)

To put it mildly, Ruud is something of a legend in the entrepreneurial world. The co-founder of Startup Boot Camps, a renowned accelerator program, Rudd started his career as a Dj on board pirate station Radio Caroline. From the beginning, Rudd’s interview was about determination, hard work and above all else ‘hustling’. He was so eager to become a DJ when he was 18, that in 1979 he spent 2 years on a pirate radio ship in the high seas. He later transitioned to a legal radio station and forged a career in TV broadcasting, rubbing shoulders with Rupert Murdoch.

From ‘deep despair to Youtube euphoria’ Ruud understands how hard it is to build a startup.  Startup Boot Camp is now considered one of the top accelerator programs in the world and has helped over 100,000 startups.

Guy Kawasaki (Canva) interviewed by Jules Lund (TRIBE)

The next highlight was marketing specialist and Cheif Evangelist at Canva, Guy Kawasaki. Guy opened his interview with Jules Lund of Tribe by explaining how he got his title for his role at Canva. When asked why more companies don’t have evangelists, Guy replied “well there was Jesus before me”, much to the amusement of the audience. Guy went on to explain that the term ‘evangelist’ means “to bring good news”. Canva as an enterprise is ‘good news’. It allows non-designers (its user) to easily create beautiful designs, graphics and photographs. Guy started working at Canva after they reached out directly via Twitter and his VA vouched for the company.

When asked about his career and how his ‘hunger’ has evolved, Guy replied that it had actually decreased. An understandable response after such a successful career and three kids between the ages of 3 and 17. Guy followed up by saying, “No one will say at the end of their life, I wish I’d worked more”.

Guy then went on to talk a little bit about his time at Apple and how fear is a healthy thing. Fear “makes you train harder and it’s not about whether you have doubt, it’s whether you can push back against it”. Guy explains that doubt is “not a sign of weakness but a sign of intelligence”.When it comes to startups, Guy stressed the simple things that lots of us often forget. Startups don’t take off due to a lack of sales and “sales fix everything.” Do whatever you can to increase your sales in the early days and worry about everything else later.

Wild Wild West – Marketplace dynamics and learnings

Towards the end of day 2 Flippa’s CEO Blake Hutchison shared lessons from his first two months running a 9-year-old marketplace.  Blake spoke about data, speed and humans in his presentation. Starting with data, he encouraged the audience not to “fly blind”. It’s important in businesses of all levels to understand where your revenue is being derived from and what segments of your audience to really focus on at any given time. He then spoke about speed – “don’t let yourself be affected by decision-making paralysis” because it’s important to make decisions swiftly in business. 8 weeks into becoming the CEO at Flippa, Blake introduced ID verification, targeted email lists, an improved escrow service and a post-sales offboarding team. The third thing that Blake spoke about which really resonated with the crowd was that “you do not work for a tech company, you work for a human company.” Blake discussed the emotional layer to tech companies and reminded the audience that “you can iterate quicker with people than you can with humans”.

 

Layne Beachley (8 x World Champion Surfer)

Champion surfer Layne’s conversation touched on how we as humans are hardwired to be negative. It’s a genetic pre-disposition within all of us. She also talked about fear, a hot topic throughout the conference and something relatable to all the entrepreneurs in the audience. Layne said that fear is something that is learned in today’s world and she spoke about a constant running commentary that goes on in our mind. It’s important that we “stop, take a deep breath and re-calibrate our mind”.

Layne shared her “3 C’s” which she lived by – courage, conviction and consistency. A champion for the belief that “choice not chance determines your destiny”, Layne’s talk was filled with self-affirming and motivating quotes and anecdotes. She finished up talking about how comparison leads to a sense of inadequacy, something we can all relate to.

Andi Chatterton (Ingenious.AI) – Bots for Enterprise

The final presentation that I found fascinating was Andi Chatterton’s, the founder of Ingenious.Ai. Ingenious.Ai helps businesses to build chat bot experiences so they can respond to their customers at any time. Chatbots live within channels people use every day and provide frictionless interactions. By 2020, “over 80% of customer interactions will be held without customer involvement”.

Andy spoke about the direction that chatbots are moving towards. They no longer need to learn an interface when reacting to human contact. In fact, in order for chatbots to evolve, a “new style of the broadcast is needed, where users can ask questions”. Conversational designers can now ensure that chatbots identify the tone of the user appropriately and accomplish goals efficiently. But while we’re looking to service AI, customers are also beginning to use AI on businesses. Andi spoke about how Google has developed AI that allows your phone to call a salon, interact with a receptionist and book you an appointment. Pretty amazing stuff!

In summary, Startup Grind was an awesome event with some really engaging speakers, fun panels and even a holiday to Bali up for grabs.

 

There’s no such thing as money for nothing – but this one comes close!

There’s no such thing as money for nothing – but this one comes close!

If like me you’re interested in creating a rewarding website-based business, then this particular pathway can generate a lucrative income for relatively little investment of money or time, with the potential for eventual sale at a substantial profit.

Why this opportunity is so different

In a traditional commission arrangement, you sell something which isn’t yours and receive a commission from the owner of the goods or service. We all understand that. It goes without saying that you are actually working at some kind of job which provides the platform for this incentive-based remuneration.

But imagine if you had a set-up which produced automated online referrals to a seller, who then paid you a commission on anything that was sold as a result of your referral. You have no real costs entailed. You don’t own the inventory or pay the cost of the storage and delivery systems and you don’t have any accounting to manage. You just get paid for doing almost nothing.

The basic requirement is that you need to set up, or buy, an effectively functioning website that draws regular traffic. Once that’s been achieved, you’re well on your way to owning a potentially highly profitable ‘Affiliate Business’.

What is an Affiliate Business?

So what is an Affiliate (Advertising/Marketing) Business and how does it work? Well, Amazon Affiliate is only one of the many enterprises now operating in this space, but as it was one of the first and remains the largest let’s look at Amazon primarily.

Becoming an Amazon Affiliate business is as simple as registering with Amazon at no cost and then you begin promoting literally any of the products Amazon handles and you get paid a commission on all sales which emanate from your promotion.

How does it work?

The infrastructure for this is amazingly simple. You have a website which features products relevant to your audience. When a website visitor clicks on a product profile, created by Amazon with no work involved for you, this creates a 24-hour duration cookie. Now here’s the exciting part. You get a commission on anything at all that the visitor buys from Amazon in the next 24 hours, not only the items you were actually featuring.

Simply to illustrate, let’s say you have created or acquired a website that features boating and fishing tips, news and stories. On a current post, you have an engaging and informative article on how to choose the best fishing reel, having regard to the fact that these vary in price from around $40 to well over $1000.

Using an extremely simple process you embed Amazon’s own seller descriptions for some of these items, enabling your visitors to click through the links. That’s all there is to it. Tracked by the 24-hour cookie if they then buy anything at all on Amazon over the next 24 hours, including download services, you get the commission. This includes expensive high-end items totally unrelated to the direct content of your website.

Think of it as being paid by a business for your online version of a ‘word of mouth’ recommendation. The actual commission structure is quite complex and strongly rewards higher volume sales, with a peak commission of 8.5%. But even a single sale will earn you 4%.

Is Amazon Affiliate the only option?

No, not at all. There are numerous providers of Affiliate Marketing programs. It’s important to do the research and decide which will work best for you and your website niche. Whether you decide to hook up as an Amazon Affiliate or commit yourself to an alternative targeted ads partner like Google’s AdSense, it is obviously important to understand the commission structures and to do the due diligence so you don’t get caught not understanding the Terms of Service (ToS) arrangements.

For a beginner in this space, Amazon is a very safe place to start because it has massive inventory in virtually every market niche and has a very high level of customer trust when it comes to making an online purchase. You can always migrate to an alternative program later.

Some things to consider

Always carefully check and observe the Terms of Service provisions. While Amazon, for example, makes the setting up of the Affiliate Business arrangement pretty simple, they don’t hesitate to embargo you if you breach a condition, such as making sure to never state a product price or specification within your own website content. And once embargoed, it is close to impossible to be reinstated!

Setting up the relationship and commission payment arrangements is fairly straightforward, but because of stringent identity checking requirements, it takes a bit of effort – more than setting up an Airbnb host account, for example.

The real challenge is to have a website which will attract traffic of the right kind and in sufficient volumes. Amazon will require the details of your website/s as part of the initial registration, but there is no stringent website quality checking on their part. At the end of the day if your website doesn’t attract sufficient traffic to re-direct to Amazon products or services in any great numbers, then all that means for them is that they won’t be paying out much commission.

Naturally, you want your website to be of the highest possible quality anyway and to feature regular posts of interest to engage your target audience. The more clearly you can define this niche and then concentrate on developing quality content for that audience, the better.

Personally, I like this Affiliate Business model because it genuinely rewards the creation of high-quality websites, including blog/vlog sites, and provides monetisation rewarding the level of audience traction gained. All of this at no additional cost to you and with the potential for very substantial commission payments.

Initially, you may be covering only your website hosting costs, but once you create and sustain good quality content with precisely targeted affiliate ‘advertising’ you may be earning enough to pay freelance writers for a great range of engaging content. Eventually, there’s a real potential to earn more than a good salary and start paying off the mortgage at a stellar rate!

Producing high traffic to make your affiliate advertising take off

It’s essential to have a website in an area of genuine interest for you. Authenticity of interest will enable you to work effectively with commitment and enthusiasm and will provide sustainable motivation for the long-term, or until you sell your website at a good profit!

High traffic can be produced if your website is in an area of interest to a large number of people, for example, a site on pet welfare and nutrition. Think of the enormous range of relevant products you could be ‘advertising’ in this context. While more narrow interest areas may produce lower traffic, there may still be a very high level of potential buyer interest in higher-cost products that you have sourced and can promote.

If you have your website up and running already, then linking it in as an Affiliate Business with Amazon or another partner is a prospect really worth considering. Alternatively, you can plan and create a website in an area of authentic interest for you but intended from the outset to be pitched as an Affiliate Business.

Would I consider buying an existing website and turning it into an Affiliate Business?

Yes, this is an intriguing and genuinely exciting opportunity which I’m currently exploring for myself right now. It’s also worth considering the acquisition of an already existing Affiliate Business which is up for sale, if it’s currently operating profitably or better still if you can see it’s got high potential yet to be realised.

It’s true, there’s never money to be made without any effort at all. The trickiest part of the Affiliate Business model is choosing a website niche that genuinely suits your interests and developing it as an affiliate advertising platform. Generating high-quality content and managing your SEO is the key to high visitor traffic and conversion to the click-based commission revenue. Ultimately the yield will make the website profitable and self-sufficient enough to support paid content writing. That will free you up to start your next website in a different niche, working towards your ultimate goal of building an Affiliate Businesses portfolio.

Seller Showcase: Madeleine Saric Dubleup – eCommerce Business for Sale on Flippa

Seller Showcase: Madeleine Saric Dubleup – eCommerce Business for Sale on Flippa

This week we spoke with Madeleine Saric, owner of Dubleup business which is currently for sale on Flippa. Here are some highlights from our conversation with her.

Can you introduce us to Dubleup and tell us how it all got started?

So Dubleup is on an online e-commerce platform and we sell tech accessories for Apple and Android products, phones, tablets, watches. Everything is on there that you can imagine, from power banks to cables and cases. The list goes on.

 

Your top seller is the credit card power bank charger, so tell us a little bit more about this?

I developed the worlds smallest power bank. It is the size of a credit card and fits into the credit card slot of your wallet. It is essentially designed to give that extra bit of charge for when you are out. That was the idea behind it, I did travel a lot and didn’t need the chunky power bank, I just needed a little bit of extra charge.

 

Let’s us back up a little bit, who are you and how did all of this come about?

I’m Madeline Saric and this came about when I was doing an internship overseas and the boss I had told me, ‘start something when you are young and you won’t regret it’. So I came back to Australia and whilst I was still studying I came up with the designs for the power bank. Working at Apple, I came to understand what consumers wanted and what was missing from the market. This is what led to the evolution of Dubleup and this small power bank. From there I started working with teams in China, R&D and engineers and coming up with the final product which is the power bank.

 

Approximately how many units of this product have you sold into the market?

Apple and Android combined we have sold tens of thousands. Apple is obviously a lot more successful and we have Apple certification as well so it is approved by Apple and supports any products that they sell.

 

Looking at your business, what is there for a potential buyer to take over?

At the moment most of the operations are outsourced, marketing, production, manufacturing etc. You as a purchaser for the business would just simply use your laptop and your phone to run the business. Everything is produced and manufactured in China. It’s a very self-sustaining business with a huge opportunity for growth in terms of building new products and investing in marketing to grow the business. You could get the product into brick and water stores and also grow the online store

 

Do you own the brand and have the ability to continue with manufacturing in China?

Yes and definitely.

 

Why are you selling Dubleup?

The first reason is that I wanted to build a business, get it to a stage where I could sell it and differentiate myself from other people. The second reason is I’m a firm believer in doing something that you absolutely love and are passionate about and as much as I love technology, I’ve lost the passion for it.

 

 

 

Madeleine Saric is the founder of eCommerce electronics business Dubleup, which is currently for sale on Flippa.

Tips for first time buyers: You’re about to acquire your next business…so, move everything to the cloud (and take advantage of the migration to SaaS)

Tips for first time buyers: You’re about to acquire your next business…so, move everything to the cloud (and take advantage of the migration to SaaS)

If you and your business are already big users of SaaS based tech then you’ll know exactly what that means and how you’re using it. If so, then you certainly won’t need to read this article. If at the other extreme you think you’re not using Software as a Service at all yet, you’re almost certainly wrong about that. At the moment Dropbox, just for example, is rapidly heading towards a billion individual active users globally, with most of them still on ‘freemium’ access. STOP STORING FILES ON YOUR DESKTOP. Given the stellar SaaS advantages, small business and corporate-based paid premium Dropbox usage is sky-rocketing. So the odds are that you are already, at the very least, using this particular iteration of SaaS very regularly. If your business or start-up enterprise is to prosper, then one key essential is to understand the benefits and costs of the numerous SaaS offerings and lever these to your best advantage.

How much time should you be sending on this?

Chances are that regardless of whether you are selling products, services or personal experiences, your business is based largely on your own and your team’s communication and people skills. So the question is, what proportion of your time should you be spending on managing your IT structures when this isn’t your core business, your passion or your skill set? The answer is obviously, as little as possible. And this is where SaaS comes in.

If you decide to go largely stand-alone or ‘on-premises’ with your IT management then you are committing a significant proportion of your available time and resources to maintaining the currency of applications; creating adequate, retrievable and shareable data; and ultimately taking on the burden of servers, storage and network sharing capabilities. That means you won’t have the time you need to develop your real business – or else you’ll need to hire a specialist in-house IT person or small team, which even if viable isn’t cost effective.

There are intermediate options such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which comes in at the network sharing stage and provides the external servers and storage. However, it is generally much better to commit from the outset to fuller scale SaaS, which externalises all applications and data management. This enables you to concentrate on core business and to be free of software access constraints so that with no downloaded applications to manage and keep updated you can work from virtually any computer or device in the world, along with other members of your team. The cloud application services, managed by a third-party provider, are run directly through the internet web browser and don’t rely on any downloads or installations by you at all. That means that ‘on the road’ functionality becomes exactly the same as ‘on premises’ functionality for you and every team member.

What are the main advantages?

So, the major advantage of using SaaS is that it frees you to devote your time to what you are really passionate about and trying to achieve in your venture. It’s a great way to launch e-commerce with no software or server issues, no need to buy expensive downloaded software programs, no problems with access from mobile devices, and unlimited capacity for real-time data and document sharing with team members.

SaaS takes on the management of virtualization, in which a local workstation operates exactly as if it was using an installed application without this actually being the case. Additionally it enables users to remotely access their own personalised desktops from any device in virtually any location. Hardware virtualization ultimately enables an off-site third party processor to behave as if was many different individual processors working on the same hardware from team members’ own locations. The advantages include greater efficiency and lower costs as team members can access the company’s networked information from anywhere, embracing the increasingly expected (because cost minimising) BYOD approach.

What about the cost?

The costs of using SaaS are generally very manageable with the key advantage that levels of service access, data storage limits and the like, can be adjusted at any time. SaaS is commonly used to deliver business applications such as accounting programs, customer records software including management of orders or bookings and, for larger businesses, HR management software. Automated multilingual versions of documents can be included. There is obviously much lower up-front cost, as you are essentially renting rather than owning the asset, virtually immediate set-up and access as the applications are already fully configured in the cloud, and there are automatic updates and easily managed scalability, with plan upgrades (or capacity downgrades) adjustable on demand. This flexibility is a great advantage and there is essentially no significant hardware, software or server depreciation to be factored in.

Are there any disadvantages?

There are really very few disadvantages of SaaS. The initially understandable concerns around data security breaches are not really well-founded, as the enormous success of cloud-based accountancy provision such as Xero attests. However, the dependency of SaaS on uninterrupted fast internet connectivity, plus the potentially lower speeds compared to on-premise user applications can cause some occasional headaches.

When you are ready to choose your SaaS provider, then as with any contract it’s a case of ‘buyer beware’. As with everything, it’s easy to enter into a provision agreement but it can be much harder to exit it. In particular, carefully check the provisions for exporting your data to another destination of your direction if you leave that provider – and ensure that the export will be in a standard format which will enable it to port over to another SaaS provider.

Migrating data can be very costly in terms of time and money. That’s why it’s a good idea to move your own business data to a SaaS provider from the very outset or as early as possible. There is no definitive list of pre-eminent SaaS providers, partly because most of them specialise in a particular market segment. Request Service Level Agreements (SLAs) from a few providers and carefully cross-reference them, as well as verifying the vendors’ reputations and their customer reviews. Try to make contact with a couple of their clients directly and find out what they have to say about their experience of service reliability and technical assistance. Compare pricing plans and remember that if a provider’s prices and the promises seem too good to be true – then they almost certainly are!

The Australian Seller Podcast Recap

The Australian Seller Podcast Recap

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Thomas, the owner and operator of The Australian Seller, a site dedicated to helping people sell on Amazon.

In the podcast, our Growth Manager Holly O’Connor explains how an Amazon seller can value their business and shares some tips on how to get your store ready to sell.  Holly also shares some insights on how the seasonality of products can affect your sale price and what categories of businesses are most popular to buyers on Flippa.

Check out the podcast here!

Top 15 TV Shows for Entrepreneurs

Top 15 TV Shows for Entrepreneurs

As the entrepreneurs’ marketplace, we pride ourselves on making it easy to buy and sell websites, apps, and domain names. But even we realize that being a serial entrepreneur is tough and demanding work. Sometimes we all just need to chill out and watch some TV. Instead of wasting time looking for the right show to watch, we put together the following list of the top tv shows for entrepreneurs. We hope you enjoy this year’s list as much as we do!

1. The Profit

The Profit TV Show with Marmarcus Lemonis

Shark Tank airs on HBO (Image Source: CNBC)

The Profit centers around entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, as he invests money into failing businesses with the hopes of turning them around. His price? Equity. However, Lemonis doesn’t just invest money, he invests a significant amount of his time, during which he provides ample direction and consultation to the owners of the business. Some owners take his advice and succeed, while others are too stuck in their ways and are destined for failure. Either way, this is one tv show for entrepreneurs that you can’t afford to miss.

Season 4 of The Profit premieres August 23rd on CNBC at 10 PM ET.

2. Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley TV show for web entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley airs on HBO (Image Source: Wikimedia)

What’s life like in tech capital of the world? Find out in this HBO original series from following the fictional startup Pied Piper and their struggles to become the next big tech company. Director Mike Judge does an excellent job illustrating the workings of a Silicon Valley startup, making use of this eclectic backdrop to create an engaging and funny TV show. Silicon Valley cast includes many recognizable actors such as Zach Woods from The Office and Veep, TJ Miller from Deadpool, and many more!

Silicon Valley just finished its third season on HBO and can be found online with HBO GO.

3. Shark Tank

Shark Tank TV Show for Entrepreneurs

Shark Tank airs on ABC (Image Source: Entrepreneur.com)

No list of top TV show for entrepreneurs would be complete without Shark Tank. First launched in 2009 as a spinoff to Dragons’ Den, Shark Tank quickly exploded in popularity, making even non entrepreneurs excited about VC funding. The show follows a panel of high net-worth individuals who are all self-made millionaires (and billionaires). The panel typically includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Canadian entrepreneur Kevin “Mr Wonderful” O’Leary, founder of fashion giant Fubu and investor Damon John, “The Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, and owner of Herjavec Securities and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Robert Herjavec.

The new season of Shark Tank premieres September 23rd on ABC at 9|8c

4. TechStars

Tech Stars

TechStars airs on Bloomberg (Image Source: LaughingSquid)

What happens when you take the top minds and have them work alongside some of the most successful CEO’s? You get the TV show Techstars! This relatively unknown show follows a tech incubator focused on accelerating the growth of new startups by providing the guidance and capital they need to succeed. Companies that have passed through the TechStars incubator have gone on to earn more than $2.3 billion, making this show all the more exciting.

Tech stars can be found online on Bloomberg TV.

5. Dragons’ Den

Dragons Den TV Show for Entrepreneurs

Dragons’ Den airs on CBC (Image Source: CBC)

The Canadian equivalent of Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den is a reality TV show which follows entrepreneurs seeking funding/investments for their businesses. These entrepreneurs pitch to a group of wealthy investors including former police officer turned venture capitalist and owner of Boston Pizza, Jim Treliving, among others.

You can watch every episode of Dragons’ Den online at cbc.ca

6. Ballers

Ballers HBO Original TV Series for Entrepreneurs

Ballers airs on HBO (Image Source: Sporting News)

Currently in its third season, Ballers is a new HBO original series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a former NFL superstar turned sports agent who is struggling to start a life after football. Johnson’s character exhibits incredible sales skills throughout the series, routinely stepping in to save the day when things look bleak. If you’re wondering what it is like to be an entrepreneur in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment, this is one show you can’t miss!

Watch Ballers every Sunday at 10 PM on HBO.

7. Undercover Boss

Undercover Boss TV Show

Undercover Boss airs on CBS (Image Source: CBS)

What happens when CEO’s go undercover and pretend to be new entry-level employees at their own company? Find out on Undercover Boss! This Emmy award winning TV show provides a unique perspective, which allows top executives to quickly identify problems within their own company.

Watch Undercover Boss every Friday at 8PM on CBS.

8. Nathan For You

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Nathan For You airs on Comedy Central (Image Source: Fastcocreate)

A comical docu-reality TV show, Nathan For You makes our list because it is not only hilarious, but it also provides unique solutions to challenges faced by entrepreneurs. The show follows, Nathan Fielder, a renowned Canadian comedian and business consultant, as he seeks to help struggling businesses. Fielder does an excellent job profiling the businesses owned by his clients, while providing them with “useful” tips and tricks to get them ahead of the competition. Nathan has guest starred on a variety of shows, including The Simpsons, Drunk History, and Bob’s Burgers.

The show has been renewed for a 4th season, and you can (and should) binge watch all episodes on ComedyCentral.com.

9. Empire

Empire TV Show

Empire airs on Fox (Image Source: AuditionsFree)

An engaging drama surrounding a fictional company Empire Entertainment, this show provides a thrilling setting with constant plot twists and turns. Follow the main character, Lucious Lyon, a hip-hop icon and CEO of Empire Entertainment, as he struggles to maintain control of his company while his family tries desperately to take it away from him.

Catch up on all episodes here before season 3 premieres on Fox September 21st.

10. Mad Men

Mad Men TV Show

All seasons of Mad Men can be found on Netflix (Image Source: Google Play)

Following Madison Avenue’s top (fictional) marketing firm in the 1960’s, the show does a great job of highlighting power dynamics as well as how the advertising and marketing industries operates. The plot alone will keep you hooked, but the true intrigue of the film is the constant twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Unfortunately, the show is no-longer producing new episodes, but all seven seasons are available on Netflix.

11. Restaurant Startup

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Restaurant Startup airs on CNBC (Image Source: TVSeriesFinale)

If you’ve ever thought of starting your own restaurant you will want to check out Restaurant Startup. The show centers around crazy entrepreneurs pitching their restaurant ideas to a panel of investors. Find out what it takes to be a startup restaurant owner in this fantastic TV show for entrepreneurs where only the wackiest and most inventive chefs get ahead.

Restaurant Startup can be found on CNBC.

12. Celebrity Apprentice

Celebrity Apprentice TV Show

Celebrity Apprentice airs on NBC (Image Source: Hollywood Reporter)

Politics aside, there’s a reason why Celebrity Apprentice is in its 15th season! Now re-branded as The New Celebrity Apprentice, this next season will follow new host Arnold Schwarzenegger as he takes the reigns while being advised by celebrities like Warren Buffet and Jessica Alba.

The new season will begin airing January 2, 2017 on NBC. In the meantime, don’t forget to catch up on prior seasons here!

13. Fixer Upper

Fixer Upper TV Show

Fixer Upper airs on HGTV (Image Source: HGTV).

Follow Chip and Joanna Gaines as they help guide home-buyers in to buying a ‘fixer upper’ home and then going in for the remodel. Before being picked up by HGTV, these entrepreneurs provided innovative home remodeling services and they quickly became experts in their craft. Now you can watch them lead the way and use their passion, skills, and business sense to turn a run-down house into dream home.

Season 4 of Fixer Upper airs this fall, and seasons 1-3 are available online.

14. Narcos

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Stream Narcos on Netflix (Image Source: Fool)

When you hear “entrepreneur” your first thought most likely isn’t “Colombian drug kingpin.” That said, the reason for it being among the best shows for entrepreneurs is simple: despite its seedy undertones, there is a strong business element to the show that cannot be denied. Follow Pablo Escobar as a businessman selling imported electronics, as he seizes a new (albeit illegal) business opportunity dealing cocaine, and goes on to become the wealthiest criminal in history with a known net worth in excess of $30 billion.

Narcos is available on Netflix, where season 2 is set to begin airing September 2nd.

15. Beyond The Tank

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Beyond The Tank airs on ABC (Image Source: Wikipedia)

We know what happens on Shark Tank, but what happens when you check up with these businesses 6 months later? Was siding with Mr. Wonderful the right decision? Is there lingering regrets that a shark like Daymond John didn’t invest? Get these answers and more, and find out what happened to your favorite businesses in Beyond The Tank.

You can watch Beyond The Tank on ABC.com.

Did we miss something? Comment below with your favorite TV show for entrepreneurs!