Monday, July 14, 2008
I Started a Dot Com and All I Got Was a T-Shirt
What's Your "Dot Com" Story?
Wired has posted a phone interview with Josh Hartnett about his new movie titled, August.
"August tracks the rise and fall of a cocky internet startup boss who watches his company implode during 2001's dot-com meltdown. Set in Manhattan a few weeks before 9/11, the movie follows brash CEO Tom Sterling as he pitches venture capitalists on the mystique of his LandShark company."
I think I'll be seeing this movie. It reminds me of my younger days and how my friends were trying to convince me to raise money for a DOT Com. I kept asking them, "What would this company do?" and they kept telling me, "It doesn't matter, just get the money - Everyone is doing it." I did start a Dot Com but I never tried to raise the money I just got new friends.
Back then the whole raising money thing seemed like Hocus Pocus to me and I find it very ironic that today I will be having lunch with a magician to talk about French Maid Magic and tonight I will be going to the Magicopolis Theater of Illusion for Mixergy's How to Raise Venture Capital for Your Startup.
Will there be any Hocus Pocus in this go round of Internet fund raising? Well, I think to raise money now you have to have a real business model up and working in order to get money and that's a lot easier to do than it was in 2001.
I hope to see you there tonight and if you see me there be sure to stop me cause I would love to hear your Dot Com story.