Zvi Band Coder & Founder. Co-Founder & CEO of Contactually. Organizer of DC Tech Meetup & ProudlyMadeInDC. Always in search of the best breakfast burrito.
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DC Tech Meetup

The first DC Tech Meetup was held over five years ago. Around 150 people gathered in our law firm’s meeting room to hear a couple demos. Next month we’re hosting our 47th meetup. We have over 16,000 members of our group. Each night attracts anywhere from 400-900+ people. The staying power of this, organized by otherwise-busy technologists, is a testament to the massive growth of the...

Levels of the business

On Monday morning, I was reviewing copy for an email campaign for new trialing users. On Monday afternoon, I was in a room full of VCs and their Limited Partners, discussing how turmoil in the middle east was impacting global financial markets. One of the more intellectually enjoyable opportunities as a founding CEO is to work at many different levels of the business. Most of my colleagues focus...

Legacy

One of the exciting things about going from “doing it all yourself” to “doing it mostly yourself with some help from employees” to “your employees do everything” is seeing the outcome and impact of what they’ve produced. One of the interesting things to see is what employee contributions have a lasting impact – which becomes their legacy after they’ve left. They may have moved to another...

Staying Technical

My foray into entrepreneurship began soon after I took my first post-graduation job, when I found my nights and weekends being spent coding. To my surprise, ~9 years later, I’ve come full circle – spending nights and weekends coding. My teammates who have the unfortunate duty of sitting near me hear me give the same anecdote repeatedly during initial introductions. I’m a software developer...

Taking planning seriously

We’ve always taken the idea of planning seriously, but have recently focused on improving the act of planning. We’ve iterated through different planning methods, and have now handled on what we believe is a really elegant homegrown planning system. I’ll share that at some point. We took a step back and realized that one of the biggest blockers was actually getting it done. Every month I had to...

A little less of the credit

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasgow There are many lessons I’ve learned these past few years, but just as many things that haven’t been active lessons, rather observations. When we closed our A round, our new partners sat down with me and, while establishing our board meetings as a safe space to relay...

It’s all your fault

From time to time, a few words are introduced in a conversation, article, book, etc, and instead of slipping in and out of short term memory – it sticks. It becomes something that comes to mind nearly every day. As CEO, I’ve had to struggle with the challenge of being ultimately responsible for everything that happens to the company. However, as we’ve grown, I’ve given away more and more of...

How to interview for a job at a startup – and not suck at it.

We’ve been fortunate to have a steadily increasing flow of candidates applying to roles at Contactually. With our ambitious growth goals, much of our managers’ time is spent interviewing. As volume increases, and more specialization is required of our roles, the ratio of interviews:offers has changed. We’ve had to raise our standards, implement better process, and be more critical overall. We...

Making “Thank You” a Habit

I originally wrote this for the Contactually Blog here, but I’m reposting this to my own blog. Our first and foremost core value is focus on the user. That’s mainly of course manifested in the product we sell and the always-be-helpful mantra of our customer-facing teams. But we know that we needed this a bit more baked into the DNA of the company than what we produce. First Attempts We’ve...

Building Relationships in Your Network: How a $20 Gift Can Have a Huge Impact

I originally wrote this for the Contactually Blog here, but I’m reposting this to my own blog. We believe relationships power great businesses. So our team at Contactually is always working on how we can help empower great relationships, through proven and new methods. We’ve heard of Basketball Diplomacy — how about Basketball Relationships? Hmm, maybe not as news-worthy or “diplomatic,”...

Zvi Band Coder & Founder. Co-Founder & CEO of Contactually. Organizer of DC Tech Meetup & ProudlyMadeInDC. Always in search of the best breakfast burrito.

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.