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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.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Meet the early days of e-government. "This is the beginningof a great thing," Kaleil Isaza Tuzman says inStartup.com, a 2001 film documentary. Tuzman, along withbuddy Tom Herman, founded GovWorks.com, one of the pioneering andhighest-profile players in the e-government space.Startup.com chronicled the company's heady rise through1999 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 aswide open and untamed. GovWorks.com hatched as an Internet portaland epitomized the early, wide-eyed view of the multibillion-dollargovernment horizon.

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