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The Value of an Accelerator


If I’m asked to provide my input on a topic a number of times, that serves as a signal that it’s probably worth writing about. I’m continually asked by other founders what my experience with ______ accelerator/incubator, and what my opinion on their value in general. In case you aren’t familiar with the space – these serve as programs for companies – usually in...



The best way I learn is by doing the work. To that end, doing a look-back on experience is the best way to capture learnings for future use. I’ve long framed the journey with Contactually as business school – to that end, following the acquisition, the post-mortem on 7.5 years was almost sacred to me. One of the interesting trends that came out of doing a peer review with our co...



“True friends are not mirrors where we can always see ourselves reflected in a positive light.” – Shannon L. Alder It’s interesting to watch the meteoric rise of social media over the past ~15 years, serve as witness to the negative consequences of society’s intoxication with the current instances, and stand here in 2019 at the precipice of a potentially major transformation...

What I learned building a Personal CRM


Founders rely heavily on mentorship from others in getting off the ground, and are best served by talking to others who are or have tried. In our case, we continually encountered predecessors who held bitter views towards the personal/relationship oriented CRM. As most companies had failed, most founders held the personal belief that it will never work. While most indicators point to Contactually...

Outcomes vs Roadmaps


I was a LEGO kid growing up (and am not ashamed to admit that I’m eager for my kids to reach the age where a LEGO room in the house becomes socially acceptable). It was natural for me then, as it is now, to start building with a clear idea of what I wanted the finished, or initial, product to look like. It should go without saying in contemporary best practices of lean startup methodology...

Opportunities to Improve


An early-stage venture is rife with problems, and is, almost by definition, in a perpetual state of brokenness. There are team members you’re not wild about, and others who hold so much promise but aren’t performing to their potential. Your app is buggy, and, despite a continued focus on quality, new defects still surface. You walk out of meetings knowing they could have been run...

Self Promotion and Taking a Step Back


“I need my work to be remembered forever. I don’t need my name on anything anymore.” Approaching the back half of 2019 with a fresh approach opened for me the opportunity to reflect on the first half of the year. And sure enough, with the successful acquisition of Contactually, and the release of Success is in Your Sphere, there is much to be grateful for. I can also, however, revisit...

Success is in Your Sphere


Proud to share that you can now pre-order Success is in Your Sphere. You can order a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers. We first wrote the outline for a book in March 2015, marking a four year journey between then and now. I am so thankful to the many hands who have had a part in bringing this to reality. We build software – why a book? Everything we’ve done at...

Compass acquires Contactually


As just announced, Contactually has been acquired by Compass. You can read more at contactually.com/compass. All the emotions that have been foretold by mentors who have gone through a similar experience, I’m feeling right now. But the one feeling that stands out is nothing but thankfulness. Thankful for all the users, teams, and companies who have trusted us for years. Thankful for the results...

Zvi Band Relationships are our most important asset.

Zvi Band

Founder of Contactually.
I'm also passionate about growing the DC startup community, and I've founded Proudly Made in DC and the DC Tech Meetup.