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You are not your past

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Imagine if you were known for the worst thing you’ve ever done. Normally I have a half-decent idea on how to capture and share an experience. But walking through the prison yard on our way back to the creature comfort-laden world we’re used to, the sole topic was our inability to properly communicate the preceding eight hours. The opening line to this post, which also opened our day...

What I learned in the year post-acquisition

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This past February marked one year post-acquisition, which serves as an important milestone for all involved – legally and culturally. Once the acquisition closed, our minds were set on one singular goal – be a successful acquisition. With the failure rate of M&A being, shockingly, somewhere between 70-90%, we were determined to be in the 10-30%. A year in, all indicators point to...

How I lost weight

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This is not medical advice. As always, YMMV, consult with a health professional, and take care of yourself. I woke up on January 1st, 2019 with a very different feeling than I had on previous New Years’ Day. While I’m normally a sucker for the “fresh slate” opportunity that a new calendar year often elicits, my year was all but clear. With our second child on the way, a...

My Bullet Journal Setup

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Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been reliant on paper pads to track my daily to-dos. I quickly settled a pretty consistent process. Using the same 5×8 narrow-ruled notepad, I’d start off each day with a fresh page and list of what I needed to do that day – copying over uncompleted tasks from previous days, and adding to-dos as they came up in meetings. I also split...

The Value of an Accelerator

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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...

Co-CEOs

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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...

Depth

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“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

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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

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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

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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...

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.