Picks and Pans Review: Startup.com

updated 05/21/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/21/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Two former high school classmates, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, started an Internet company in 1998. Within a matter of months they had 233 employees and had raised $50 million. Their business, GovWorks.com, would allow folks to pay for parking tickets via e-mail. When the dot-com bubble burst last year, so did GovWorks.

Startup.com, a timely documentary by Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus (The War Room), follows Tuzman and Herman as they pitch venture capitalists, wrestle technical kinks, clash over business problems and watch their dream go down the tubes like those of so many other netrepreneurs. Startup.com makes a fitting epitaph. (R)

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