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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 and lucrative future. However, the success of the business is fraught with many obstacles including the competition who may have a better product or one introduced in the marketplace earlier, the whims of the economy especially as it concerns the equity market, and the fact that the business has few assets beyond intellectual capital. In addition, their personal focus is solely on the business which places a strain on their personal relationships, Tom's with his young daughter Tia Herman, and Kaleil's with his girlfriend Dora Glottman. Their relationship with each other is also tested as it is and always was an inequitable one - Kaleil being the self-admitted alpha dog - and one which may be usurped by business concerns.
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"In terms of it's historical value, this documentary is very good in documenting the whole startup boom, unfortunately I just couldn't keep that interested in the subjects they had chosen."

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Sorry, fail
I did not this one at all. Too blah imo and the whole .com era is way too old.

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dot com
Not have been a trader during the dot com boom I wondered what happened through the lens of a individual company... this film was helpful in that aspect

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Ok
This is a very well crafted fly-on-the-wall style documentary.

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Fun to watch
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.

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Degarza22 Laredo, Tx

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Ok Documentary
I saw this movie in a theater when it first came out. It's pretty cool documentary about a crappy dot.com startup. Does a good job of showing what it was really like back then. The head guy sure seems to be a tool however.

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OK, but not Great
the movie would have been better served following a few companies around at varying levels of success.

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Foo_dog Upland, IN

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A Must See
This movie did an excellent job of capturing the high tech boom and bust following a dotcom company from startup to breakdown. I lived through this period working in the high tech sector. I know a lot of people who were worth millions on paper (options), some cashed in, most did not. Some people only had 3 weeks to cash in their options to realize these massive gains, before they became worthless.

"Easy come easy go!" ... this movie is well worth it - you will love it.

--Just4phun

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