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Startup.com -- Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.

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Release Date:
25 May 2001 (USA) See more »
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The rise and fall of the American dream.
Plot:
Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
12 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not a movie about .coms or tech See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman ... Himself

Tom Herman ... Himself
Kenneth Austin ... Himself
Tricia Burke ... Herself
Roy Burston ... Himself
David Camp ... Himself
Dora Glottman ... Herself
Julian Herbstein ... Himself
Christina Ortez ... Herself
Jonathan Angus ... Himself
Chieh Cheung ... Himself
Sean Coar ... Himself
Ambika Conroy ... Herself
Patrick Cromer ... Himself
Jerry Greenberg ... Himself
Richard Herman ... Himself
Susan Herman ... Herself
Tia Herman ... Herself
Bob Higgins ... Himself
Maynard Jackson ... Himself
Brian Locke ... Himself
Bryan Mundy ... Himself
Spyros Poulios ... Himself
Marvin Pritchett ... Himself
Robert Tisch ... Himself
Ani Tuzman ... Herself
Kathy Wylde ... Herself
Kristen Kimball ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Cavuto ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Hegedus 
Jehane Noujaim 
 
Produced by
Chris Hegedus .... executive producer
Rebecca Marshall .... associate producer
Jehane Noujaim .... executive producer
D.A. Pennebaker .... producer
Frazer Pennebaker .... executive producer
Edward Rugoff .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Jehane Noujaim 
 
Film Editing by
Pedro Pablo Celedón 
Chris Hegedus 
Erez Laufer 
Jehane Noujaim 
 
Art Department
Jared Goldfeder .... property master
 
Sound Department
Chris Hegedus .... sound
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Doob .... additional video
Mona Eldaief .... additional video
Chris Hegedus .... additional video
D.A. Pennebaker .... additional video
Jojo Pennebaker .... additional video (as John Paul Pennebaker)
Andrew Sachs .... additional video
Rosadel Varela .... additional video
 
Editorial Department
David Gauff .... online editor
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Sherief Elkatsha .... music consultant
Kit Pennebaker .... musical consultant
 
Other crew
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Andrew Rossi .... consulting attorney (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
107 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Trivia:
Jehane Noujaim, the videographer and producer, began the project when she was the roommate of the documentary's principal character, Kaleil Tuzman. She was previously a producer at MTV.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dot (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Money (That's What I Want)See more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not a movie about .coms or tech, 12 June 2004
Author: t3-7 from London

Startup.com is not a movie about the dot-com boom. It's not a movie about building a business; it's not a movie about technology and new industries.

It's a movie about greed and ego.

The two founders start off with the idea that they want to create a "dot com" -- they bounce around a bunch of goofy ideas like virtual cemetaries and eventually settle on a portal for government-related services. The fact that they wanted to document the startup of this venture from day one is another testimonial to their ego, greed and lack of focus.

I agree with most of the comments others have said about the movie. It's fragmented, and has gaping holes in it relating to explaining what's going on. The viewer ends up really not having a clue as to why the venture failed, which is another testimonial to the principals in that apparently the nature of what went wrong wasn't nearly as important to them as the fact that it did go wrong and their dreams weren't realized. Boo hoo.

After seeing the movie and not having much additional information on the project, I am left with my own thoughts as to some of the blanks that the film left open. Specifically, these guys failed because they were more interested in the fruits of their labor, than the labor itself, which was a means to an end. That's why they failed. The only reason they got as far as they did is they ran into others, greedy employees, greedy financiers who were just like them and had no passion for the job, just the brass ring that was promised at the end.

They might have had "good people" working for them, but I'd bet that there wasn't a single person in the company who actually had innate passion for the application and industry they were in. If you ask any successful businessman what's the secret, the first thing they'll likely tell you is, "Do something you enjoy doing." I'm sure Kalil enjoyed hob-nobbing with rich people, but that wasn't the purpose of his company, though it looks like his subsequent career involves that.

We're left to try to figure out exactly how things went wrong.

The one thing that I'm left with is, the tech end of the project never worked right. I'd bet good money the whole foundation was built on Windows technology and was never very flexible or manageable. And Tom is probably responsible for dropping the ball there, but then again like I said, these guys didn't really care about the business... they just wanted to be successful.

If anything, the movie doesn't really teach us lessons about startups. It is a tale of two misguided, self-absorbed guys who find other self-absorbed people with more money and get a free ride for a little while.

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