March 5, 2014
The highly-anticipated Startupland documentary web series has announced its global premiere for Thursday, March 13 in Washington, DC. The series looks at the stories of five early-stage startups as they navigate their ways through the accelerator process.
The premiere will have two showtimes and will be shown at the E Street Landmark Theatre. Steve Case, the cofounder of AOL as well as Chairman and CEO of Revolution, will speak at the event alongside the series’ director Justin Gutwein and producer Jonathon Perrelli. There is also a planned networking and discussion session with the cast and crew of Startupland, including the founders featured in the series.
“I had not seen anyone capture the authentic stories of startups experiencing an accelerator and I thought that someone had to share their compelling journey,” said Gutwein in yesterday’s press release.
There’s been a lot of hype around Gutwein’s project since the launch of Startupland’s Kickstarter campaign last June. Particularly, there’s been a lot of talk around the DC tech scene, considering that the series focuses on startups from Perrelli’s now-defunct, DC-based accelerator The Fort. The Startupland series centers on the struggles and achievements of five startups from The Fort’s final class: LegCyte, RidePost, SNOBSWAP, TrendPo, and Trip Tribe.
Watching the trailer for the series, it’s easy to recognize a few DC tech faces and places. In one scene, you’ll see Michael Chasen, former CEO and cofounder of Blackboard and now founder and CEO of SocialRadar; in another scene, you’ll see the familiar rooms of 1776. Other people we should expect to see include Paul Singh, Tim O’Shaughnessy, and Alexis Ohanian.
The DC premiere will feature the first two episodes of the six-episode series. While the 6pm showing is already sold out, people can still book their tickets for the 8:30 showing. You can also pre-order the entire series now.
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