I’m not sure if I enjoyed this documentary so much because it was great or just because I’m very familiar with the internet bubble, startup themes, and the complications of getting up and going with a large internet project.
I found Startup.com fascinating, touching, and tragic. The true life documentary, condensed brilliantly from some 400 hours of footage, follows childhood pals Tom and Khalial as they conceptualize and build a site for government business interactions called GovWorks.com, raise 60 million dollars in Venture Capital, and then preside over the collapse of the company, friendly relationships, and more.
A little more research reveals why this is so good. It’s by Jhane Noujaim, one of the world’s most brilliant documentary filmmakers. She made “Control Room” about spin before and as the Iraq War began, and she’s the winner of the prestigious TED Prize in 2006.