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Glad <I>That's</I> Over

The star of <i>Startup.com</i> has taken failure in stride and is moving on to better things.

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

His was the ultimate reality show, even if it was a movie. In May 1999, Kaleil D. Isaza Tuzman and his pal, Tom Herman, created GovWorks.com, an Internet site that gave the public access to government agencies. Almost as fast as it takes to click a mouse, GovWorks went from eight employees to 250 and raised more than $60 million in capital. And just as GovWorks seemed poised for greatness, it went bankrupt. This was real life, and the script of the documentary film Startup.com, which followed the two entrepreneurs through their odyssey, 24/7.

Today, Tuzman, 31, is president and managing partner of the New York City and Washington, DC-based Recognition Group, which restructures companies on the brink of disaster. He's also written Beyond Success and Failure: The Evolution of an Entrepreneur (Harvard Business School Press), due out in 2003.

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