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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,280,975, 2 September 2001
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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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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 »

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On-Line train wreck.
19 December 2002 | by ken.phillipsSee all my reviews

Those who are commenting on the mediocrity of the craftmanship of this movie are missing the point. The rise and fall of the dot-coms have become a meaningful part of American history and lore. Stock tickers, balance sheets and bankruptcy sales tell part of the story, but there's a difference between arriving at the scene of a train wreck and actually watching it happen.

The value of this movie is that, in spite of all of its flaws, you get to watch the train wreck knowing full well what's going to come, you can see why the principals didn't see the things that seem so obvious to us watching the film now, and you can see how their hubris, lack of technical understanding and lack of focus lead to their downfall.

I'm sure that it could been a better movie, but it's the only behind the scenes account we have of what must have happened hundreds of times all over the country. Like the Zapruder film and Hanlon & Naudet's account of 9/11, it's value comes from the fact that the cameras were there, catching history as it happened.

This movie should be required viewing for all B-School students, sort of like making student drivers watch Red Asphalt.


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