On Friday in class, we showed — and discussed — a documentary about life inside a start-up. The movie, “Startup.com,” focuses on the birth and evolution of govWorks.com. In class, we showed scenes that focused on:
- How the founders’ relationships evolved as the venture grew, and as the two core founders had to buy out a third co-founder (see my “Quick Follow-up” note here about the relevance to equity splits).
- The founders’ experiences raising capital — most centrally, their negotiations with Bob Higgins of Highland (now a colleague of mine who came to class to give us his side of the story :->).
I found these scenes a nice complement to our usual written-case discussions about the issues faced by founders and founding teams. For future classes, I would love to find other movie (or TV) scenes relevant to founders, whether or not the movies/shows themselves focus on new ventures (or even companies in general).
So: What are your favorites of such scenes? What are the core founder-related lessons you learned from watching them?