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An authentic journey into the world of startups through the eyes of 5 early stage companies and veteran entrepreneurs. Read more

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An authentic journey into the world of startups through the eyes of 5 early stage companies and veteran entrepreneurs.

About this project

Update: I am adding more interviews!

While the core of this project is the story of five companies in an accelerator (more about them below), I want to include the perspectives of a variety of innovators across the country, and maybe even internationally. To do this, I am interviewing entrepreneurs and innovators to share their stories and insights. 

Paul Singh: partner at 500 Startups. Michael Chasen: CoFounder and CEO of Blackboard and Social Radar. Dr. Tony Wagner: Author of Creating Innovators. Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson: CoFounders of VHX. Michael Overell: CoFounder of RecruitLoop
Paul Singh: partner at 500 Startups. Michael Chasen: CoFounder and CEO of Blackboard and Social Radar. Dr. Tony Wagner: Author of Creating Innovators. Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson: CoFounders of VHX. Michael Overell: CoFounder of RecruitLoop

What is startupland?

startupland is a documentary series that weaves together the stories of five early stage tech companies in an accelerator together with stories and insights from entrepreneurs and innovators around the country. The vision is to inspire and educate entrepreneurs on the ins and outs, ups and downs, successes and failures of starting and building a company.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding startups. Built online and on-screen, this hype portrays the startup world as glamorous and fun. Startupland shows the real startup life; where the risk, hard work, and pressure challenge founders everyday. However, Startupland also depicts that passionate founders in pursuit of their dreams can change the world, despite the many obstacles.

The series is also complemented by interviews and discussions with successful and experienced founders, entrepreneurs, and investors, who provide valuable knowledge throughout the series.

Who am I and why am I doing this?

I'm Justin Gutwein (goot•wine). I've been making short documentaries for about 8 years. I've traveled in Africa, Jamaica and all around the US telling other people's stories. Most of my work has been for organizations like Eli Lilly & Co, Kiwanis, Ford and a wide variety of startups. 

I felt that there was something "off" about the way startups have been portrayed in movies and tv shows, often being portrayed as all ping-pong and parties or overly dramatically difficult. So, I decided it was time to tell a story that I felt passionate about, the true story of building a company.

I believe that startups and entrepreneurs hold the keys to true innovation and change. I believe that this happens in every city and small town across the country and around the globe. I believe that accurately portraying what it's like for the average person to build a company will inspire and educate entrepreneurs everywhere. I believe startupland is the global community of all kinds of entrepreneurs from tech to local coffee shops, and I believe in startupland.  

What do you mean documentary series?

Startupland is going to be a documentary series. We will be distributing it digitally, directly to our viewers. This will allow viewers to consume the content at their own pace on their laptop, mobile, tablet or set top box.

Just like Netflix original content, each episode will vary in length. The average runtime will be around 15-20 minutes, and I am expecting the total run time to be around 4 hours.

Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur, or aspiring founder. Learn from the ups and downs of real companies going through different stages of growth. Get a behind the scenes view of what entrepreneurship is really about.

The Featured Storylines

Aneet Makin - CEO of (Leg)Cyte:  After working for 5 years on Capitol Hill, Aneet saw the opportunity to make government work more effectively and efficiently. This idea became Legcyte. 

Aneet Makin: CEO of (Leg)Cyte
Aneet Makin: CEO of (Leg)Cyte

Marty Bauer- CEO of RidePost Experienced in both public organizations and a consumer product startup, Marty traveled the world while earning his MBA. His time in Europe made him realize the opportunity to disrupt US travel with ridesharing.

Nik, Robert and Blair: The 3 Other Co-Founders of RidePost
Nik, Robert and Blair: The 3 Other Co-Founders of RidePost

Elise Whang- CEO of Snobswap: A lawyer turned entrepreneur, Elise and her co-founder decided to follow their passion in fashion by starting an online marketplace to swap, sell and buy 'pre-loved' designer clothing.

Elise Whang: CoFounder and CEO of SNOBSWAP
Elise Whang: CoFounder and CEO of SNOBSWAP

JD Chang- CEO of Trendpo: With a decorated background including time in film, fashion and at Rovi, JD changed what started as a fantasy politics game into something more serious, Trendpo.

JD Chang: CoFounder and CEO of Trendpo
JD Chang: CoFounder and CEO of Trendpo

Dave Aidekman-CEO of TripTribe: From Harvard to the White House, Dave is used to big vision including overseeing a $60b budget. Dave turned what started as an email list organizing travel with friends into TripTribe, the social marketplace for group travel.

Dave Aidekman: CoFounder and CEO of Trip Tribe
Dave Aidekman: CoFounder and CEO of Trip Tribe

Why I Need Your Help

So far, I have done all shooting, storylines, rough edits, etc myself. Now I need a little help to finish production and get through post-production.

The money raised on Kickstarter will allow me to travel, visit and interview entrepreneurs from across the country. It will also allow me to pay more talented people than I to produce high quality graphics and animation (these will help visually breakdown things like cap tables, fundraising, etc), a soundtrack (the right music is so important!) and other standard post opearations (sweetening, grading, etc).

Please share this kickstarter and tell your friends about the Startupland project. I hope that startupland teaches and inspires dreamers and innovators throughout the world.

A dream you dream alone is just a dream. A dream we dream together is reality. -John Lennon

Thanks for supporting Startupland. Cheers!
Thanks for supporting Startupland. Cheers!

Risks and challenges

Our challenge is to convert the captured footage into a storyline that is both educational and entertaining.

We have the aggressive goal of premiering in the Fall of 2013. Your support will help us to achieve our deadlines and produce valuable content that will inspire entrepreneurs everywhere.

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    SUPPORTER: You will get the Startupland sticker (a Kickstarter exclusive) and be kept up to date. Startupland will also follow one twitter account for at least a year (Twitter handle submitted in checkout.)

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    STARTUPLAND SERIES: You get a digital copy of the entire series and everything in the $10 tier.

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    THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: You get the Startupland T-Shirt (exclusive), a Startupland series poster, a digital copy of the entire series, and a Startupland sticker. You will also be kept in the loop on what we are up to, plus the twitter follow.

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    HANGOUT WITH THE DIRECTOR: Spend 30 minutes (Google Hangout) picking Justin's brain about documentaries, film, ice cream, craft beer or even things you like! Plus everything in the BONUS CONTENT level.

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    PILOT SPONSOR:Your organization will have logo visibility in the Pilot episode of Startupland! You will also be in the Pilot Sponsor section of our website through 2014 and receive 2 VIP tickets to the premiere in DC where you will have logo visibility and Justin Gutwein will thank you after the screening.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: For your amazing support at this level you will be credited as Associate Producer in the credits and on IMDB. The director will do a 30 minute video strategy session for your business or organization(In person or via Google Hangout). You will receive two VIP tickets to the premiere and launch party where you will be recognized. Plus receive "The Complete Package"

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    CO-PRODUCER: Director, Justin Gutwein, will produce a 60-90 second micro-documentary for your organization. You will also be credited as Co-Producer in the credits and on IMDB. You will receive four VIP tickets to the premiere and launch party where you will be recognized. Plus receive "The Complete Package"

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    SERIES SPONSOR: Your organization will have logo visibility in all digital episodes of Startupland! You will also be in the Series Sponsor section of our website through 2014 and receive 10 VIP tickets to the premiere in DC where Justin Gutwein will thank you after the screening.

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