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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Connections

Spoofed in ESoda.com (2005) See more »

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Donaueschingen (Peter Kruger Remix)
Written by R.W. Appel, C. Prommer, R. Trüby, Peter Kruger
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Good, but With Some Flaws
9 October 2001 | by bosochimaSee 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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