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October 4, 2011

A Movie on Microsoft, Ctrl+Alt+Compete

Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a documentary that “takes a revealing look at the startup and emerging business scene through the eyes of 5 founders and their teams and tells a story of the passion, fortitude and insanity that is bringing a startup to life”. 

Daryll McDade explains more in a guest blog on the Bizspark site and names the 5 startups under the spotlight as, LiquidSpace, POPVOX, Guardly, Supergiant Games. The movie gets its first airing at the inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival this November and will become more broadly available in the months after.

Checkout the Interviews of Movie Folks 

Right about now I’m imagining that you’re thinking to yourself, “Microsoft made a movie? Really??  What the…?!” Yup—we did and here’s why…

We believe developers are fundamentally changing the world.  The things that developers create, the ideas that they’re able to make reality, the tangible value they deliver is reshaping the way people live their lives every day.  There are lots of tech startups out there taking their shot at changing the world.  There’s no shortage of ideas…the infrastructure to build quickly is cheaper and more accessible than it’s ever been…there’s lots of capital floating around for the right idea.  If only it were that simple!  Building a startup from nothing to something is hard—REALLY hard.  There is a “story behind the story” of just how hard it is for these ideas to go from inception to reality and become the products and services that we use every day.  It’s a story of the power of people pouring their passion, drive and dedication into building something that changes the world—no matter how hard.  We believe that is a story worth telling and sharing.

 In the blog post, Daryll mentions that in addition to more than 100 hours of footage the team captured more than 70 interviews to get the perspective of several seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry watchers and tastemakers. Not all of that made it in to the movie so they plane to share it on the Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you’ve been following along with Ctrl+Alt+Compete you’ll know there are already some interview segments with folks like Tim O’Reilly on Channel 9.

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