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Falling in Gov

What industry is turning the most heads now that dotcom doesn't equal success? It's e-government.

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This story appears in the March 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Meet the early days of e-government. "This is the beginning of a great thing," Kaleil Isaza Tuzman says in Startup.com, a 2001 film documentary. Tuzman, along with buddy Tom Herman, founded GovWorks.com, one of the pioneering and highest-profile players in the e-government space. Startup.com chronicled the company's heady rise through 1999 and 2000, from clever concept tospectacular crash.

Despite the unfortunate end to GovWorks.com's story, e-government is still very much a technology and business frontier. It might be more civilized than the Old West, but it's just as wide open and untamed. GovWorks.com hatched as an Internet portal and epitomized the early, wide-eyed view of the multibillion-dollar government horizon.

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