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Startup.com (2001)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  25 May 2001 (USA)
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Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.

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Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman have had a dream since they became friends at age fifteen: get rich by developing their own dot com company, in some aspect of computer technology interface. Now in their late twenties, they have now come up with the idea they believe will make their riches, namely as Tom refers to it, "parking tickets": the company will be the on-line revenue collection interface for municipal governments. GovWorks.com came into existence in May 1999 with only an idea. The process of building the business focuses on obtaining venture capital based solely on the idea, with the actual mechanics of the website seemingly almost an afterthought, or at least one left primarily to the hired help. Regardless of the strength of the idea itself in raising this capital, another initial problem they face is what they see as non-commitment by a third partner, Kaleil's friend Chieh Cheung. In early 2000, they do manage to go live with their product to what seems to be a promising... Written by Huggo

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The rise and fall of the American dream.

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25 May 2001 (USA)  »

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$16,118 (USA) (11 May 2001)

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$1,280,975 (USA) (31 August 2001)
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"The Competitor" who is donning the govWorks.com cap, Bryan R. Mundy of ezGov.com, died in a house fire six days before the movie premiered at Sundance. See more »

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Good, but With Some Flaws
9 October 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Right now, this is the definitive documentary on the dot.com culture

that essentially ceased to exist so many months ago. I feel there are

two ways the film could have been improved. First, the producers should

have added subtitles to indicate where the protagonists are in the film.

Pretty much all offices look the same, and it would have been nice to

know when the two were at their place, at the consultants' offices, at

the venture capitalists', etc. It would have been helpful to put names

to the numerous faces that come in and out of the picture as well.

In addition, and more importantly, the film never gets into the

specifics of why GovWorks.com failed. One day the company had two

employees, then they had seventy, then they had ten. Why? What was the

business plan? What were the goals of the company? What did the Web site

look like? I think the story of how this business worked (or didn't

work) is at least as interesting as the personal tensions between the

two main characters. When they release the DVD of this film an ideal

second disk would consist of additional information along these lines,

as well as a mock-up of the GovWorks site.


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