An intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the initial dot com mania, Startup.com follows the adventures of childhood friends Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman as they create govWorks.com, an award-winning website that lets citizens interact with their local governments.
Within a year, the two young entrepreneurs raise 60 million dollars, hire hundreds of employees, and rub shoulders with President Clinton. As the stock market tests the strength of their business, they wrestle with growing pains, tackle technical difficulties, charter the unpredictable venture capital waters, and outsmart copycat competition. But in the end, none of these challenges prepare Kaleil and Tom for their own conflict over the management of govworks.com, a conflict that will not only endanger their company and their jobs but irrevocably endanger their life long friendship. Startup.com is a classic story about friendship and values at the dawn of the Internet Age.
Startup.com premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
“Startup.com may be to our time what Wall Street was to the ‘80s.” — Entertainment Weekly
“One of the most involving pieces of eavesdropping you’re likely to experience.” — New York Times
- A film by Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim 2001, 108 min., color Pennebaker Hegedus Films and Noujaim Films present STARTUP.COM Starring Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman Editors Chris Hegedus Erez Laufer and Jehane Noujaim Producer D A Pennebaker Executive Producers Jehane Noujaim Frazer Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus Associate Producers Rebecca Marshall and Ed Rogoff Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus