I'm a Web Developer and Entrepreneur out of Washington DC.

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.




I never valued company culture. Culture, mission statement, values – that was all stuff that I never saw anyone pay any attention to other than lip service. Any conversations about values seemed so far removed from the day-to-day of what I was doing. Fast forward to today – Contactually is passing 40 people. Values, mission, culture Read More

The one thing for a startup CEO


I’ve been involved in numerous ventures and surrounded in a world of startups and founders doling out advice, blog posts, and anecdotes. I read this stuff voraciously, and tried to take it to heart when it was finally time for my at-bat. To no-one’s surprise, the knowledge that “stuck” was the information I was either Read More

Technical Debt + Red October


There’s been a little bit written about technical debt in an early stage software product. Technical debt is something we think a lot about at Contactually. Technical debt is a balance of problems that are generated through rapid product development, normally in an early stage product. “Move fast and break things” Given how key it Read More

How things get done


As a startup iterates itself past the short-term uncertainty – where there is no clarity about what you might even be working on that afternoon – systems need to come into place. These systems serve multiple purposes: Introduce medium/long term planning and goals Distribute work amongst a growing team Communicate and get everyone on the Read More

Just have fun


If you’ve read more than a couple of my blog posts, you’ll find that I spend just as much time focusing on more touchy-feely subjects as I do on more tactical learnings. There’s a reason for that, as the psychological state of you and your team has a tremendous effect on your ability to execute, Read More

The 12 tools I can’t live without


Beyond the commonplace tools (Google Spreadsheets, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Apps, etc) and the obvious (Contactually!) – I’ve listed out some tools that I use daily, if not multiple times daily, to assist me. Trello – We use Trello to organize anything we’re working on – from product feedback to ideas to my personal to-do list. Read More

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