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Mentally Preparing for a Sale

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Most every founder keeps the exit scenarios and potential windfall tumbling around in the back of their minds during the journey of building and scaling a venture. The volume increases as possibilities (real or not) present themselves – a competitor gets acquired, meeting with a corporate development arm, random neurons firing, etc. I was fortunate enough that, as the acquisition went from...

I Hired an Accountability Coach

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Thursday nights are usually my most stressful, as I’m dreading my call the next morning. I was recently talking to a friend of mine, a coach to some of the top professionals in their field. He noted that most of his job is about holding an individual accountable to their own expectations. I’ve long felt the same way too about my own experience. While I may have lofty aspirations for...

More Human

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We built Contactually initially to solve a relatively simple problem. While it’s, for many, an important aspect of growing their business and career – keeping track of and staying in touch with key relationships is not an easy task. We were fortunate to yield significant results there, measured not only in the user testimonials about their business growth, but in demand and scale of...

From Catastrophe to Opportunity

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Building on The Age of Belonging David Brooks called it out as clearly as I’ve seen it – “the rampant individualism of our current culture is a catastrophe.” A catastrophe is a powerful word – conjuring images of a town in the American heartland, completely shredded in the aftermath of a tornado. Except the damage to us isn’t as tangible as someone looking at...

Zettelkasten for Contacts

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I’ve recently been experimenting with the Zettelkasten method for organizing information gleaned from reading and other content I consume. I’m still getting the hang of it, but, boiled down to its essence, the general process is: Quickly capture any raw clippings that stand out to you (a quote, passage, etc) in an inbox.Process your inbox, rewriting the clipping in your own voice...

Bundling and Unbundling

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“Well, Gentlemen, there’s only two ways I know of to make money: bundling and unbundling…” – Jim Barksdale, Netscape CEO If we were to rewind back a handful of generations, to our grandparents or great grandparents, they could look to single sources – namely religion, career, or geography – to form the container for their lives. It was how they found their community...

The Value of Transparency

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Building on my last post, merging our team and culture into another’s has served as a contrasting agent, gifting the ability to understand more intentional culture design. Beyond ownership, one core value I hold near and dear to my heart is transparency. I’ve long held the belief that it’s not just better (on a variety of measures), it’s just easier to have no filter in...

The Value of Ownership

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One of the unexpected gifts of selling Contactually has been the opportunity to have an outsiders’ view of the culture we created. While much of our team and what we valued has remained through the acquisition, the acclimation to a new set of cultural tenets and associated rituals has served as a contrasting agent. What was so “good” about what we built, and what do I want to...

The Age of Belonging

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[This is a meta post, summing up a plethora of research I’ve been doing to form this thesis. The thinking, therefore, represents larger trends and not any one article I can link to. I plan on publishing as many resources as possible in the near future, as soon as it’s not a 50 page Notion document.] We’re entering an age of belonging, where one of the most important tenets of...

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...

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.