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HBO – How to Make It in America

HBO’s new show, How to Make it in America, debuted on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th. I watched it and thought it is was a great show. It is about two enterprising guys as they hustle their way through New York City, determined to achieve their version of the American Dream. It does a great job of showing what happens with ideas and what it takes to turn them into profitable businesses. If you have some time and HBO check it out on Sunday’s at 10pm.


Discussion

5 comments for “HBO – How to Make It in America”

  1. Did anyone watch “How to Make it in America” last night. It gave some nice examples of branding and marketing. Rene trying to sell his energy drink. Its a great drink, just no one knows about it. Also with Cam. His brand was that his celebrity endorser was this big time skateboarder but no one heard of him. If your customers don’t believe your story, its not going to work. When he finally changed the story to something more believable, the truth, he sold out!!! Classic

    Posted by TheMoneyMaven | March 1, 2010, 4:23 pm
  2. It is a great show. Even though it’s fiction it’s great inspiration for anyone on the Grind.

    Posted by FreeMan | March 17, 2010, 7:44 pm
  3. FreeMan, I agree. The first couple episodes had some good rules of thumbs for any starting a business. However, the last two haven’t showed too much.

    Posted by TheMoneyMaven | March 17, 2010, 7:46 pm
  4. I agree, we’ll see if it turns into a soap opera. It has the makings of a great show but will they stick to the script of people trying to make it. We’ll see.

    Posted by FreeMan | March 21, 2010, 2:18 pm
  5. I like how the story is written in general. But there was one quote that stuck with me. One of the guys they were trying to get investment money from said “show me first”, and then he elaborated with “everybody has good ideas, nobody wants to do the work.”

    That is, don’t just pitch a good idea, at least complete a proof of concept that shows your idea works.

    Posted by maanist | May 20, 2010, 7:36 pm

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