A look at a real-life start-up GovWorks, a group of young internet entrepreneurs who are seeking to raise capital in New York\'s Silicon Alley and investment communities for an Internet site that will facilitate users\' interface with local government agencies.
"Startup.com" is one of the most involving pieces of eavesdropping you're likely to experience, thanks to the access granted to the documentary filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus. Their subjects, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, want to marry the public and private sectors in a new dot-com venture, govWorks, a Web site that will allow citizens to go online for their government transactions. The viewer wants Mr. Tuzman and Mr. Herman to succeed, but it is evident that they don't have the tools to make govWorks thrive. The drama is in the interactions at the office, where an early crucial misstep costs the partners an important alliance. They fear that mistake will come back to haunt them. As the bad vibes mount, the camera remains, benignly recording the disaster. -- Elvis Mitchell
2001-05-11 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of STARTUP.COM