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May 24, 2008 1:04 PM   Subscribe

Start-up Junkies. An eight-part documentary on hulu about the genesis and growth of a multi-million dollar startup company.
posted by norabarnacl3 (16 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm too busy coding my blog-aggregation system, so I don't have time to watch this, are the people in it as insufferable as I would imagine?
posted by delmoi at 1:33 PM on May 24, 2008


If you cannot access hulu (outside of US, sorry) it is available here as well.
posted by norabarnacl3 at 1:38 PM on May 24, 2008


Eh - episode 4 is a bunch of people talking about scaling up their systems. Less insufferable than I expected, still merely OK in terms of interesting-ness.
posted by GuyZero at 2:52 PM on May 24, 2008


I'm more interested in the service itself, very cool idea for certain uses.
posted by stbalbach at 3:22 PM on May 24, 2008


MOMMMMMM! Bart's engendering paradigms again!
posted by blue_beetle at 3:23 PM on May 24, 2008


I'm on episode 4 now. I feel like I'm watching a documentary about a startup with all the numbers and facts ripped out. This is (so far) more of a story about the various personalities involved in building a business than a story about the actual building of the business itself.

Does anyone else get the impression that the VPs are no more suited to run a company than the average person off the street? I have yet to see them make any particularly insightful analyses.
posted by taojones at 3:29 PM on May 24, 2008


I saw that on Hulu and meant to watch it, but never got to it. Thanks for the reminder!

Along the same lines, if you haven't seen Startup.com yet, it's well worth watching. It's a great slice of life during the dot com boom.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 3:51 PM on May 24, 2008


Startup.com is actually pretty good.
posted by delmoi at 4:12 PM on May 24, 2008


Startup.com is great, only Overnight beats it for hubris.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:12 PM on May 24, 2008


Startup.com is great, only Overnight beats it for hubris.

Agreed. The Startup.com guys bought into the dream of the internet boom. The Overnight guy bought into his own ego.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:03 PM on May 24, 2008


I work for a start-up that's trying to transition into an on-going concern after it failed to sell to a larger company. Basically, the entire team that started the company either quit or was laid off because they didn't have the faintest fucking idea how to actually run a business. They also didn't document any of the systems, so a lot of things happened like the new network guy unplugging what seemed to be an unused port on a router and taking down our entire system for half a day.
posted by empath at 5:04 PM on May 24, 2008


It's not as well known, but I think e-Dreams is a much more engaging film than Startup.com. Kozmo was a company that people had actually heard of, and the film covers the short period of time from when they were apparently wildly successful and planning a huge IPO to dead. It has the same basic arc as Startup.com, but it's much more extreme.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 7:17 PM on May 24, 2008


I used to wonder if hulu would eventually open up to users outside of the US, then I saw jeff zucker's latest interview on charlie rose and accepted that he just doesn't care about users. the only way these guys will be beaten into letting people have their content the way we want to is if they have no other choice (see music industry, et all).

so proxy servers it is, once again.
posted by krautland at 7:42 PM on May 24, 2008


If you cannot access hulu (outside of US, sorry) it is available here as well.

either I am too dumb to use their confusing navigation or they only offer episode eight. seriously, why make it so difficult?
posted by krautland at 7:46 PM on May 24, 2008


It's not as well known, but I think e-Dreams is a much more engaging film than Startup.com.

Thanks for reminding me about that. I had heard about it, then it fell off my radar. It's now in my Netflix queue.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 9:06 PM on May 24, 2008


e-Dreams is a much more engaging film than Startup.com.

hm. I liked startup.com but this got me curious enough to add it to my torrent list as well...

hey, anyone know what company "cheetah" was?
posted by krautland at 12:08 AM on May 25, 2008


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