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I had an idea. (repeat 1,000,000x) I had an idea. I wrote it down. (repeat 86x – based on Evernote usage since August ’09) I had an idea. I wrote it down. I talked to a lot of people about it. (repeat ~30x) I had an idea. I wrote it down. I did a basic landing page, or mockups. (repeat ~20x) I had an idea. I wrote it down. I did a basic landing page, or mockups. I told everyone I know...

HeyAstro: Dropping Everything and Jamming for 16 Hours


When Mike IMed me a few months ago to ask if I would join him and Kunmi for StartupXLR8R, I resisted at first. I am already focusing so much time on STRUCTO, and already distracting myself with side projects like WhoMails.Me and ProudlyMadeinDC (the latter of which Mike is a co-founder), that another project would be too much to handle. But we approached it with a different spin. While we all had...

Say Hello to Structo


First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. I’m behind in writing this post, but I’m happy to finally get around to talking about this now. I’ve been working on a new startup. Say hello to Structo. Structo was born out of a pain I saw as a web developer, and, in speaking with many other web developers, I found I wasn’t alone. There are...

Toggling Between Values in jQuery


I had a need for switching back and forth between two different values in a hidden input field. I couldn’t find any decent plugins to achieve this, so I wrote a little jQuery plugin to handle this.
Download here. Using it is dead simple, just pass in the two values you want to toggle between.
[javascript]$("#element").toggleValue("true","false"); [/javascript]

DC Open311 API – Ruby Gem


Background: The DC government is exposing an API for their 311 call center, to allow application developers to build open source tools to make it easier for citizens to submit issues. As part of it, they and iStrategyLabs have launched a second Apps for Democracy contest. The creative juices are flowing, and I have a few ideas I plan on implementing. But first things first… in order to make...

Obama Widget, Version 0


I had an idea for a widget, and felt like brushing up on my Flash and Actionscript skills.
Here is a very very rough Version 0, with Clearspring already set up!
I have to work a lot more on the style of course. I’m also thinking that these narrow dimensions just arent cutting it.

PygmyBrowse – a small screen tree browser


Like so many things from my college experience, I never realized how amazing this was until years later. Rather than taking a “usual” internship at a government agency or consulting company for the summer, I instead chose to stay on campus for the summer, and in addition to a lot of relaxing, worked at two amazing labs at UMD. One was the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communication...

At it again, the Debate Hub


When I first made the jump from a big consulting company to a tiny creative agency, I was worried I would be spending most of my time doing small boring web projects. Yeah, right. As if I the C-SPAN Convention Hubs that I wrote on earlier weren’t successful enough, we at JESS3 teamed up with C-SPAN and New Media Strategies again to launch the Debate Hub. I served as lead developer. Not only...

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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.