Promotional poster for Startup.com
|Directed by||Jehane Noujaim
|Produced by||D.A. Pennebaker
|Edited by||Chris Hegedus
|Distributed by||Artisan Entertainment|
Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film about the dot-com start-up govWorks.com, which raised $60 million USD in funding from Hearst Interactive Media, KKR, the New York Investment Fund, and Sapient. The startup did not survive, but it became a reference for lessons learned, as it was the subject of a 2001 documentary that follows govWorks founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman from 1999-2000, as the Internet bubble was bursting.
The film was produced and directed by D.A. Pennebaker, who also directed the The War Room (1993), and many other Oscar nominated films and documentaries; his wife Chris Hegedus; and Egyptian-American film director Jehane Noujaim. Noujaim had been Kaleil Tuzman's Harvard classmate and began filming Tuzman as he quit his job at Goldman Sachs, to begin govWorks with his high school friend Tom Herman. Noujaim contacted Hegedus and Pennebaker for help in financing the project. The film was distributed by Artisan Entertainment (which was later acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment).
The film was shot in digital video. The filmmakers shot for over two years, and were editing the more than 400 hours of video and film right up to their Sundance Film Festival premiere in early 2001. They re-edited the last few minutes of the film just prior to its May 2001 theatrical release.
- Herman, Tom (February 2007). "Lessons Learned (from govWorks.com)". Entrepreneurship (class) presentation at Fisher School of Business.
- "About Kaleil Isaza Tuzman". Kaleil Isaza Tuzman. Kaleil's Official Website
- Rose, Charlie (May 25, 2001). Charlie Rose with Jehane Noujaim, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman & Chris Hegedus; Yoshio Taniguchi & Glenn Lowry: A conversation about the new documentary, Startup.com. ASIN B000HBL6RS.