Contactually's Zvi Band has, apparently, always been into tech - DC


Mar. 16, 2017 10:27 am

Contactually’s Zvi Band has, apparently, always been into tech

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Zvi Band, back in elementary school.

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Code, it seems, is in Zvi Band’s entrepreneurial blood.

The founder and CEO of 7th Street-based Contactually, a CRM software company, has been building websites since way back. “My first job in elementary school, to no surprise, was building websites,” Band told in an email. “I was helping restaurants and small businesses build their very first websites.”

Band is modest about those early explorations of the world wide web, though. These were not, let’s say, his finest work. “I wish any of them were still up, so we could stare in awe at the GIF-encrusted and Comic Sans awfulness,” he wrote. As do we, Zvi, as do we.

Still, that early experience was key in directing the adult professional life to come. “What it taught me early on was that people saw value in the technical skills that, up until then, was just a fun hobby of mine.”

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.


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