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What does it take to change your future?

5 young startups
3 high-stakes competitions
6 minutes to change their lives

"An unflinching look at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of tech entrepreneurs, indie gamemakers and other serial risk-takers." (--Scott Thill, Wired)

Silicon Valley and the tech-startup scene have become beacons of hope to the rest of the country in these tough, uncertain economic times. Across America, both venture capital and unemployment checks are being invested into new technological endeavors that seek to change the world, create jobs, and turn struggling visionaries into wealthy tech-stars overnight.

Are the myths of overnight billionaires true?

Are we in another tech bubble?

And what does it take for a young, scrappy entrepreneur to be the next Mark Zuckerberg?

Ctrl+Alt+Compete tackles these questions and demystifies the startup scene by following 5 sets of young entrepreneurs as they run the gauntlet in 3 major, high-stakes technology competitions: DEMO (which launched Tivo and E*Trade), SXSW Interactive (which launched Twitter and Foursquare) and the Game Developers Conference (which launched the Fable franchise and the Playstation Move motion controller). In the audience at each competition are the luminaries, financiers, moguls, pundits, and gatekeepers who can turn a young inventor's idea into a potentially billion dollar business.

As the entrepreneurs take the stage at their respective battlegrounds, Ctrl+Alt+Compete gets valuable insights and actionable advice from more than 50 successful CEOs, power brokers, and analysts. Not only do the interviews offer commentary on the entrepreneurs performances, they also provide unique wisdom for would-be entrepreneurs developing their own ideas at home.

Featuring Nolan Bushnell (founder Atari), Felicia Day (The Guild), Tony Hsieh (CEO Zappos), Cliff Bleszinski (Gears of War), Mike Maples Jr. (financier Twitter), Tim O'Reilly (Web 2.0 Summit), Veronica Belmont (Tekzilla), Simon Sinek (Start With Why), Mark Suster (GRP Partners), Adam Ostrow (Mashable), and dozens more.

Special Feature: "Invent The Future"
"Invent The Future" is a series of long-form interviews with luminaries and moguls who share actionable, educational insights into what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

"One unexpected observation I made during the film's production was that many of these potential businesses aren't finding seed money in banks or investment firms: They're using unemployment checks," producer Matt Pizzolo told Wired. "It seems the unemployment crisis might be sparking an innovation wave by inspiring the jobless to create jobs for themselves."

"Apple, Google and Microsoft all began as an idea, and grew through the ambitions of two or three dedicated entrepreneurs," director Brian Giberson told Wired. "Ctrl+Alt+Compete tells the story of how the next generation of entrepreneurs will redefine our technological future."


"Fueling the public's seemingly never-ending interest in 'what it's like to work at a start-up' is Ctrl+Alt+Compete, a documentary that profiles five entrepreneurs as they navigate through demo days, pitches with venture capitalists, and media interviews... For entrepreneurs (or would-be entrepreneurs), it's worth checking out." --Eric Markowitz, Inc. Magazine

"Ctrl+Alt+Compete deserves credit for pulling no punches in its portrayal of the technology industry... a candid and at times inspiring glimpse into the crazy startup world." --Todd Bishop, Geekwire

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