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.

General

The Startup Guide to NPS (Net Promoter Score)

09/16/2014

A little over a year ago, we were overhauling our metrics, and were looking for a practice for measuring overall happiness, primarily with our product. There are straightforward quantitative metrics you can leverage and track, which we do, such as conversion rates, churn, and ACV. But we wanted a signal that would give us a Read More

Culture

09/14/2014

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 12 tools I can’t live without

11/28/2013

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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Why Structo Failed

10/20/2013

In 2010, I started working on a startup called Struc.to. It’s dead now, not even worth the hosting costs or domain registration. All that’s physically left is ~300 stickers I never distributed, a standing banner I haven’t gotten around to throwing out, and a dog bowl my wife had made for me (or Astro) as Read More

Selling my Turntables

05/24/2013

I wanted to be a DJ. In college, I had put together a little bit of money from internships to buy a basic CD setup. I was terrible. I sold my equipment. When freelancing, I was making enough money to buy a proper rig – Technics SL1200MK2s, Rane mixer, Scratch Live, coffin case, etc. I Read More

Thailand, Part 5: Tokyo and the trip home

01/13/2013

This is one of a series of posts about our honeymoon to Thailand in December 2012, which consisted of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, and a long layover in Tokyo. Scroll down to the bottom to see pictures, and click on any of them to see an enlarged version. This was tapped out on my iPad, so forgive any typos Read More

Thailand, Part 4: Phuket

01/13/2013

This is one of a series of posts about our honeymoon to Thailand in December 2012, which consisted of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, and a long layover in Tokyo. Scroll down to the bottom to see pictures, and click on any of them to see an enlarged version. This was tapped out on my iPad, so forgive any typos Read More

Thailand, Part 3: Pai

01/13/2013

This is one of a series of posts about our honeymoon to Thailand in December 2012, which consisted of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, and a long layover in Tokyo. Scroll down to the bottom to see pictures, and click on any of them to see an enlarged version. This was tapped out on my iPad, so forgive any typos Read More

Thailand, Part 2: Chiang Mai

01/13/2013

This is one of a series of posts about our honeymoon to Thailand in December 2012, which consisted of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, and a long layover in Tokyo. Scroll down to the bottom to see pictures, and click on any of them to see an enlarged version. This was tapped out on my iPad, so forgive any typos Read More

Thailand, Part 1: Bangkok

01/13/2013

This is one of a series of posts about our honeymoon to Thailand in December 2012, which consisted of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, and a long layover in Tokyo. Scroll down to the bottom to see pictures, and click on any of them to see an enlarged version. This was tapped out on my Read More

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