Help me identify this dotcom boom movie?
February 10, 2007 12:45 AM   Subscribe

What is the name of this movie about a video-streaming startup?

About six months ago, I watched a movie (fictional) about a Silicon Valley startup during the dot-com boom, and for the life of me can't remember its name - two hours of Googling and searching IMDb turned up nothing. It's definitely *not* Startup.com or Pirates of Silicon Valley.

Here is what I remember:

- The founders are friends at a Bay Area university (probably Stanford)
- The main character's mentor is a business school teacher, who later turns out to be an important venture capitalist (I think he takes the student out flying in an airplane)
- The startup's product was a video streaming service - however, during their demo, their computer actually catches fire
- The protagonist gets caught cheating by his girlfriend after she receives a video of his antics in a car
- The protagonist ends up in Mexico, on the run after a fight in the boardroom, and has his Porsche stolen
- It was filmed a year or two after the bust

None of the above proved fruitful in searching online. Has anyone seen this movie? I'd love to rewatch and show some friends - the movie itself wasn't particularly great, but they nailed a lot of the startup archetypes. Thanks!
posted by mikeyk to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Dot.com?

http://imdb.com/title/tt0400380/
posted by sneakin at 1:38 AM on February 10, 2007


Thanks, but not quite it. Dot.com sounds like a comedy, whereas this movie was (or was shooting for) serious.
posted by mikeyk at 1:43 AM on February 10, 2007




startup.com?
posted by jouke at 2:41 AM on February 10, 2007


It's not startup.com. I don't know what it is, but it's not that.
posted by jaded at 4:09 AM on February 10, 2007


There is also e-Dreams, which is probably not what you were looking for since it is about Kozmo.com, but it sounds like a similar film, at least.

I still miss Kozmo.
posted by litlnemo at 4:39 AM on February 10, 2007


Antitrust?
posted by almostmanda at 8:08 AM on February 10, 2007


Not e-Dreams or Antitrust either . . this where I wish IMDb's plot search were a little more complete.
posted by mikeyk at 11:54 AM on February 10, 2007


"Want"? The official site has trailers. It seems more like a movie about a dude with a sex addiction (which you probably would have mentioned) with an Internet startup background, so it's probably not it.

Now I'm obsessed.
posted by bdk3clash at 1:05 PM on February 10, 2007


I was thinking it might be The First $20 Million as well bradlands, but I'm that was about building a $99 computer, not video streaming. Other than that, it sounds pretty close.
posted by quin at 4:37 PM on February 10, 2007


I'm

sorry-bout-that.
posted by quin at 4:38 PM on February 10, 2007


Dot? (Not "Dot.com," btw.) No way this is it, but I'm getting desperate.
posted by bdk3clash at 6:43 PM on February 10, 2007


Ah! I was able to dig it up (I began to think Peter Coyote was in it, and indeed he was):

Purpose

So bad it's good - very worth watching. Thanks to everyone who tried to help out!
posted by mikeyk at 8:49 PM on February 10, 2007


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