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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman ... Himself
Tom Herman ... Himself
Kenneth Austin Kenneth Austin ... Himself
Tricia Burke Tricia Burke ... Herself
Roy Burston Roy Burston ... Himself
David Camp David Camp ... Himself
Dora Glottman Dora Glottman ... Herself
Julian Herbstein Julian Herbstein ... Himself
Christina Ortez Christina Ortez ... Herself
Jonathan Agus Jonathan Agus ... Himself (as Jonathan Agus)
Chieh Cheung Chieh Cheung ... Himself
Sean Coar Sean Coar ... Himself
Ambika Conroy Ambika Conroy ... Herself
Patrick Cromer Patrick Cromer ... Himself
Jerry Greenberg Jerry Greenberg ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Site [Spain]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Business sto diadyktio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,118, 13 May 2001

Gross USA:

$1,283,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,830,008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in ESoda.com (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy, Janie Bradford
Performed by John Waite (as The Babys)
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Standout documentary on business, friendship, and trust
14 January 2002 | by Thomas-58See all my reviews

This is one of the most compelling and heart-wrenching films of the new millennium. The real-life struggle of two men trying to capitalize on the "Internet Boom" shows how mistaken everyone was that the Internet was the premiere way to get rich quickly and live happily ever after. But aside from the expose that formulating and operating an Internet business is far less glamorous than potential dollar signs would have one to believe, "Startup.com" is a perfect example of how the lure of riches and the good life can leave behind friendships made along the way; greed demoralizes oneself for the sake of material ownership that may ultimately cease and desist anyway. Filled with many subtleties and slight flourishes of (in)humanity, and telling signs of deteriorating personal relationships on the road to obtaining power and capital, this film contains far more juicy, resonating-with-truth moments than one could find (or even believe) in fiction. Perhaps most importantly, one realizes that with every little company with a numerical representation that he sees in the trade market one day that then disappears the next, there are real people like Kaleil and Tom whose lives are at stake and whom are suffering from the harsh reality that in the "real world," the American dream does not always come to fruition. Final Grade: A


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