You don't have to work at Inc. magazine to notice that entrepreneurs and the companies they start are at the top of popular consciousness.

Between the searing charicature proffered by HBO's Silicon Valley to AMC's Mad Men's upstart ad agency to the nightly grudge match for investor dollars on NBC's Shark Tank, people have an increasing selection of television programs to feed the need for Entrepreneurship TV.

But which TV show is the ultimate example of what starting up is really like? To find out, Inc. polled entrepreneurs and executives from more than 300 fast growing companies. 

More than half of the respondents felt that Shark Tank best captured the essence of starting or running a company. Fifteen percent thought Breaking Bad did a good job, 12 percent chose Survivor, another 12 percent chose Silicon Valley, and 11 percent selected Mad Men

This data and chart below are pulled from a larger survey of Inc. 5000 companies called Inc.'s State of Small Business survey, which was conducted in late September and early October. So which TV show would you choose? Weigh in with your two cents, below. 


Published on: Dec 3, 2014