Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2007

Orientation for Viewing "Startup.com"

by Noam T. Wasserman

Abstract

Introduces founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman as they start and grow govWorks.com. The movie "Startup.com" documents the challenges that these founders face in building their company while dealing with tensions within the founding team and managing a demanding and concerned board. The film also deals with the issues of buying out a drop-out founder's equity, raising venture capital, and balancing co-founder friendships with working relationships. Describes the founders' backgrounds and relationships before govWorks, their initial perception of the opportunity, govWorks' initial business model, and the company's early financing, advisors, and partners. Provides a timeline to help follow the movie.

Keywords: Business Startups; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Venture Capital; Corporate Governance; Management Teams; Relationships; Familiarity;

Citation:

Wasserman, Noam T. Orientation for Viewing "Startup.com". Harvard Business School Case 807-136, February 2007.