With their startup now in the hands of the Russian Mob, our unlikely trio, Izzy Morales, Ronald Dacey, and Nick Talman, reinvest in their partnership and launch an exciting new endeavour, a darknet prototype called Araknet. But as their decentralized network begins to grow, so too does the peril, the corruption, and the moral turpitude. As our heroes attempt to stay alive long enough to triumph, the sophomore season of StartUp poses the all-important question, what is the cost of ambition, and reveals the frightening lengths one might go to achieve ultimate success.
Nick finds his circumstances vastly changed at the hands of Phil Rask, whose relationship with the Russians has taken a dark turn. In the wake of tragedy, Izzy is pushed to the brink of a reckless decision. As the cops close in on their business, Ronald and Touie contemplate a dangerous idea.
Striking a deal with Rask, Nick sets out on a seek-and-find mission to clear his name. Ronald asks for Izzy’s help with a risky project. Rask finds the Russians even more demanding than he’d feared. Izzy comes to a groundbreaking revelation.
Nick meets a mysterious old friend of his father’s. Ronald and Izzy put Araknet into action as Nick comes to them with a peculiar proposition. An adrift Rask struggles to repair all that’s broken in his life.
After a discouraging discovery, the trio forges a new plan. Izzy seeks the help of someone significant from her past. Nick faces a setback while catching a glimpse into the strange world of Wes Chandler. Ronald struggles to get his crew behind the new way of doing business.
After a devastating tragedy, Ronald faces a harrowing decision. Izzy finds herself in hot water after a brazen plan lands her in the Russians’ sights. Nick finally grabs Wes’s attention with the help of Wes’s daughter, Mara.
Rask makes a bold move to set things right. After a near-death experience, Izzy reaches out to an old friend. Ronald and Nick rally to Izzy’s defense as they rethink the future of their business. The group fears Araknet’s baggage will scare off Wes.
As ArakNet struggles to best their competitor, Izzy butts heads with the team. Rask recovers, but his murderous past threatens to resurface. Wes, Nick and Mara hustle to bring ArakNet street cred against slim odds. Ronald goes down a dangerous road he’s long avoided.
After Ronald suggests a game-changer for Araknet, he struggles to live up to the team’s expectations of him. The Russians hit Araknet hard in an underhanded move, leaving Nick and Izzy to plot swift retaliation.
As Araknet celebrates a huge win, Ronald struggles to repair his life before it’s too late. The Russians extend a tainted olive branch, causing dissent within the company and throwing Izzy into inner turmoil. Just as Araknet is poised to make a controversial move, an unforeseen enemy strikes.
Izzy reaches out to Rask with a proposition. Tamara gives Ronald the push he needs to change his life for good. Nick makes a sickening discovery while Izzy executes a devastating plan to decimate Araknet’s enemies.