Zvi Band is a successful entrepreneur and web developer who is passionate about growing the DC start up community. Besides being a mentor at Accelerprise and 1776, he cofounded Proudly Made in D.C. and the DC Tech Meet Up. Zvi is also the founder and CEO of Contactually, one of the hottest start up’s helping professionals generate business from their networks. Zvi Band has been named a Washington Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and One of D.C.’s 50 On Fire by D.C. Inno.
Still have the courage to follow up, even if too much time has passed. The other person will remember that courage. Have the courage to rebuild that habit. – Zvi Band
Zvi feels it is important to stay engaged with the client. Follow up is key.
Zvi’s One Idea
As a freelancer, Zvi was very successful because he had a great reputation and relationships. At the same time, he was unsuccessful at following up. He thought this was a problem that software could solve. He could not find one that worked for him. Success habit: Starting every day with a blank sheet of paper and identifying exactly what needs to be done today and focusing only on those things.
Contactually is a CRM built to help improve relationships. Contactually can condense a professional’s marketing and sales efforts into 5 minutes a day with email templates and other things that help you follow up with people rapidly.
♦ Whether you have an hour or ten hours a day to focus on your start up, make sure that every day you focus on one thing that helps move it forward. The most important thing is that you are executing something every day.
7 Moves To Start A New Business
If they were to start another business today, they would concentrate on this key factor:
- Focus on key market and key use.
- Reduce footprint of product and only build out the 2-3 critical features.
- Focus on high quality support.
- Invest in high quality design.
- Every day make sure you are building a company not a product or start up.
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
Secret to Success:
Using data above all else. Be good at tracking data.