Startup.com (2001)

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


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  • Partners Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, receive a $17 million offer from a venture capital firm that they must sign that day, without leaving the office and without their lawyer in STARTUP.COM.
  • Kaleil Isaza Tuzman prepares his team for the inevitable hardships they will face as they enter a highly competitive market in STARTUP.COM
  • With millions of dollars at stake, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman wrestles with the growing pains of a new business and friendship in the fickle Internet community in STARTUP.COM
  • CEO Kaleil Isaza Tuzman speaks on CNN about his new company and its $50 million worth in STARTUP.COM
  • Tom Herman struggles with a conflict that could endanger the company, his job and his lifelong friendship with partner Kaleil Isaza Tuzman in STARTUP.COM
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13 January 2005 | billfrancis2000
9
| Great movie, but you either love it or are confused by it
I myself worked in one of the ubiquitous .com's in the late 90's and this movie is frightening realistic, from the long hours and technical glitches right down to the embarrassingly lame cheers.

I read on the web the filmmakers set out to document their friends impending wealth and business fortune with this documentary, but what they got was the complete opposite. I think that speaks volumes for expectations during this era.

I feel like some of the other IMDb reviews are off the mark. Yes, the movie is sometimes hard to follow. But it was shot in the Cinéma-vérité genre and that is to be expected. It is an uncompromising real life look, and it is up to the viewer to decipher; sometimes this works sometimes not. Some previous reviews wondered how the company folded. Honestly its a movie about an internet company, why do you think it failed? Having said this, I think more could have been shown of why Tom got the axe and the love relationships of Kaliel could have been better developed.

According to the DVD the producers cut some realistic (and boringly technical) scenes to focus more on the relationship between Tom and Kaleil. This is where they succeeded. They are trying to tell the story of the company downfall through the interplay of these two characters. It is fascinating because it is real. The most compelling part is the coorelation between their relationship eroding as does the company. Viewed from that point of view this movie is really not a documentary. Nevertheless it is entertaining and gripping. What amazed me was the unfettered greed and their enormous hubris which prevented them from acknowledge their role in this sinking ship.

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