About Me

10/09/2006

Your first question is probably how you say my name. Say “Zuh”, then say “vee”, but put it together and say it fast. Z’vi. S’vee. Zvi. Zvi. Svee.

Don’t worry – every new conversation I’ve ever had has begun with “so how do I pronounce your name?”

There you go. The name is Israeli. I’m American though, born and raised. My last name is Band. I’ll let you figure out the pronunciation on that.

I’m three things (professionally):

Founder

As much as I love coding, I also love creating products that make a difference. My current startup I’ve founded is Contactually, a relationship marketing platform. ┬áRead a little more about it on that site. Previously, I’ve consulted for a number of startups, executing their prototypes, helping with strategy, and was CTO of Workstreamer, which was acquired in 2009. Contactually is part of the prestigious 500 Startups accelerator, and has raised money from some amazing investors.

Prior to Contactually, I was running skeevisArts, a boutique software development firm in Washington, DC. Through that, we had the opportunity to work with some amazing clients, including The Washington Post, CBS, Radio.com, First Round Capital, and many other big names – but most exciting were the passionate entrepreneurs and the startups they ran. We breathe it.

Hacker

I’ve loved building things since I was a kid (yes, we had a LEGO room). I picked up one of the first primers on HTML, and have been a developer ever since. My core competencies, as a full stack developer, are Ruby on Rails, Node, PHP, WordPress, and all aspects of frontend development (HTML5/CSS3, jQuery, etc). I also dabble a good bit in mobile development, building iPhone and iPad apps. I’ve built secure system for the Department of Defense, partnered with many design/PR agencies to execute their web projects, and worked with a number of startups. I love what I do.

Community Builder

Since graduating from college, I’ve been thrilled to see DC grow from a place where “a startup could never happen” to a real hub for entrepreneurship. As part of this, I’ve been happy to have played a role in this. I co-founded ProudlyMadeInDC, a destination site marketing the startups in DC, and serving as a starting point for anyone interested in beginning their entrepreneurial journey in DC. We took the momentum created by ProudlyMadeInDC and founded the DC Tech Meetup, one of the biggest groups on Meetup.com, which regularly pulls in 800+ people each month. We also do lots of spin-off programs, such as DC Tech Summer (550 interns applied to work at 20 startups).

I’m also proud to be a mentor for Acceleprise, an enterprise technology accelerator. I have twice been named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, as well as a number of other accolades.

Speaking

I’ve had the fortune to speak at a number of different events, including TechCocktail, UMD Startup Bootcamp, Barcamp, DC PHP, DC RUG, WordPressDC, DC jQuery, MoDev DC, and numerous other groups and conferences.

A bit about me:

I grew up on the west coast (saw my first snow at 16), but have lived in DC for the past six years. I attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and love my Terp.

When I was in high school, I ran Skeevis Windows/Internet Newsletter, a weekly newsletter with Windows tips, tricks, and funny jokes. It grew to over 3,000 subscribers. I loved it.

Then I started blogging a number of years ago (long enough to use b2, the predecessor to WordPress). I used to run one of those whine-about-everything blogs. Now I write about what interests me, as well as document to some extent what I’m going through.

What’s skeevis you ask? A girl gave me that nickname in 5th grade, and it stuck. Some of my friends don’t know my real name.

I live in Washington, DC with my wife and a feisty cocker spaniel, Astro.

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I believe strongly in the power of personal associations and connections, so send me an email. I respond to every one. Unless you’re the son of the deposed kind of Nigeria, or are trying to sell me home security systems or happy pills.

zvi@zviband.com