Nothing Ventured

Harun Farocki

2004 | 00:52:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Consumer culture, Documentary, European Film/Video

An examination of venture capital, Nothing Ventured documents the tough negotiations that take place when entrepreneurs and bankers meet.

Nothing Ventured reveals some of the pressures the post-industrial production companies are facing when it comes to innovations. In this day and age, most of the products manufactured consist more of informational parts rather than material ones. This also forms the basis for constant innovations: After a few years, a computer or software is regarded as obsolete and devalued, even if it has never been used. This has an effect on the consumer, and simultaneously puts the producer under pressure.”

-- Harun Farocki

“The essential paradox of venture capital: banks only lend money against collateral, and entrepreneurs who lack backers must pay hefty fees to venture-capital firms. Farocki documents a single negotiation running over two days that concludes unexpectedly.”

--MoMA New York website, 2005

In German with English subtitles.

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