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Post Graduation

I gradumalated


6 years out from graduation


The passing of another birthday doesn’t hold much significance for me – rather, I am very conscious around college graduation. For me, that marks the point at which the training wheels came off, and I was on my own to fend for myself and search for my true calling. ’06: Graduated ’07: Working at a major consulting firm ’08: CTO at a nascent design agency ’09:...

2011 was…


the year I got a dog. the year I asked Alex to marry me. the first year I went to SXSW. the first time I visited Europe. the year I hired my first employee. the year that the DC startup community blew up. the year I got involved in community building. the year I spent way too much time in airports. the year that I finally dropped everything to pursue a grand vision. the year that I first raised...

BarcampDC3 Wrap Up


Thanks to Nick for catching me doing what I do best… checking e-mail. A big thanks to the organizers and other sponsors of BarcampDC3. It was a great experience for everyone, and it’s hard to believe that this is the the third one, organized by essentially the same group of people. Startup Metrics for Pirates – Jared dug in depth one of the most important concepts of the...

Entrepreneurship and Bootstrap Maryland


Entrepreneurship –  at least for tech-minded folk – is more often than not omitted from curriculum in college. As I was finishing up my degree at the University of Maryland, it was assumed that everyone there would go to work for one or another government contractor or large enterprise, who would dominate job fairs with huge flashy booths and t-shirts. That’s all the...

2008 and beyond


Even though 2008 was such a momentous year for me, I never had much of a chance to sit back and review it… 2009 has been just as important. Rather than write some deep insight on how it’s changed me and such, I’m just going to list it out. Here’s what’s happened in 2008 and the first quarter of ’09: Started 2008 continuing to work for the government consulting...

Moments of Clarity


I yearn for moments of clarity. Those rare times where you put the rest of the world on pause, take a step back, and think about what you’re doing, what actually matters, and where you should go from here. Those times are rare, almost non-existent for me. With the phone ringing, the inbox never empty, and a million things to do, I’ve never given myself a chance to take a step back. In...

I ate a lot of Chinese Food


When I was in college, I ate a ton of chinese food (didn’t help my health, but I lost it all after graduation).
I collected all the fortunes I and my friends received, and years later, put it altogether.

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...

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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.