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Startup.com (2001)

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Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Austin ...
Tricia Burke ...
Roy Burston ...
David Camp ...
Dora Glottman ...
Julian Herbstein ...
Christina Ortez ...
Jonathan Agus ...
Himself (as Jonathan Agus)
Chieh Cheung ...
Sean Coar ...
Ambika Conroy ...
Patrick Cromer ...
Jerry Greenberg ...


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Business sto diadyktio  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,118, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,280,975, 2 September 2001
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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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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Reality TV during the "dot com" era ... Fascinating.
26 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be in a startup company, this movie is a must-see. Although you don't quite see everything or understand everything - you do get a glimpse of the amazing real-life drama that occurred during the startup phase of this company. It's probably pretty representative of a lot of "dot-com" era companies.

This is a documentary that follows the two young entrepreneurs that founded "govworks.com" in 1999. It follows them from 8 employees to over 200 and loosely chronicles the personal drama that unfolds.

You won't see the business plan or much in the way of strategic meetings, but you will get some semblance of what life was like from the founders' perspective.

It's more like reality TV than a documentary because there is no commentary. It's just footage of the ongoing lives of the founders as they struggle through the startup phase of what looks to be a huge future company. Like much of reality TV, it's simply fascinating to watch. Highly recommended viewing - especially for anyone who's thinking of starting a company.

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