Startup.com

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Released 2001

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Director:
Chris Hegedus , Jehane Noujaim
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film, directed by Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujam, chronicling the entire life of the internet start up, govWorks.com, from birth to death. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman are two good friends who have, since the beginning of their friendship over five years ago, when they were fifteen, dreamed of making the big time through starting their own dot com company. Thus govWorks.com, an online revenue collection interface for municipal governments, is born. The film follows not only the business side of the friends' company, but also the personal side. With all of their time and effort invested into making govWorks.com work, their friendship starts to fail, as do their other relationships-Tom's with his daughter, Tia Herman, and Kaleil's with his girlfriend, Dora Glottman. The film shows the side of start ups that people often do not think about and its insights earned it great critical acclaim. Startup.com received nominations for three awards, including one at a Sundance Film Festival, and won nine additional awards.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Moves slowly and grimly toward the moment that for the audience is the most engrossing though filled with dread: when things begin to unravel and the participants are no longer awa...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    Nimbly documents the rise and fall of a Web company through its charismatic leaders.

  • 80

    Variety

    Topical film, which goes beyond its potentially dry diet of facts to incorporate the juicy human drama of Machiavellian manipulations, ambition, torn loyalties and crushing betrayal.

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