8 K-Dramas to Watch if You're an Aspiring Entrepreneur

Fuel your CEO dreams!
by Leika Golez   |  Mar 19, 2022
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Most of us enjoy watching K-dramas for the kilig, feel-good content, but a good fraction of these shows actually offer valuable life lessons as well. For instance, you’d be surprised by how many business management tips you’d pick up from just a single episode of a workplace K-drama. Call us unconventional, but we think these business-savvy shows are great sources of inspiration for fulfilling your CEO dreams

If you’re an aspiring tycoon, here’s a list of eight K-dramas you should watch to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit: 

1. Hotel Del Luna 

THE CAST:  Lee Ji Eun (IU), Yeo Jin Goo

THE PLOT: Due to a past deal his father made, a veteran hotelier is forced to work in a strange hotel for dead souls alongside a fickle CEO. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

2. Itaewon Class 

THE CAST: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi; Yoo Jae Myung, Kwon Nara

THE PLOT: A former convict starts a pub in Itaewon to follow in his father’s footsteps and fight against a big corporation. 


WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

3. I Am Not a Robot  

THE CAST: Yoo Seung Ho, Chae Soo Bin, Um Ki Joon

THE PLOT: A shareholder of a finance company learns to come out of his shell when he meets an aspiring entrepreneur pretending to be a robot. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

4. Good Manager

THE CAST:  Namkoong Min, Nam Sang Mi, Lee Jun Ho, Jung Hye Sung

THE PLOT: Accidentally given the opportunity to work for a large corporation, a gang accountant encounters moral issues and turns over a new leaf.

WATCH ON: Netflix

5. Strongest Deliveryman 

THE CAST:  Go Kyung Pyo, Chae Soo Bin, Kim Seon Ho, Ko Won Hee

THE PLOT: A delivery man falls in love with a competitive coworker as he works towards starting his own delivery company. 

WATCH ON: Netflix

6. Encounter 

THE CAST: Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum

THE PLOT: A recently-divorced CEO meets a carefree man abroad, belatedly learning that he’s a new employee for her hotel. 

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7. Misaeng: Incomplete Life

THE CAST: Im Si Wan, Kang So Ra, Kang Ha Neul, Byun Yo Han

THE PLOT: After a career failure, a hard working man joins the corporate world as an office intern and struggles to please his ambitious colleagues. 

WATCH ON: Netflix 

8. Start-Up 

THE CAST: Bae Suzy, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Seon Ho, Kang Han Na

THE PLOT: A driven woman drops out of school to open her own business, while a young CEO strives to keep his new tech company afloat. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu


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