Did I Get My Thanksgiving Story Right?

After 27 years of living and working in awesome Washington, DC area, this is my first thanksgiving in Tehran with my Iranian family and friends. I did my best to explain the thanksgiving story to everyone at the dinner table. At the end, one of my cousins raised a smart question and I really didn’t have a good answer.  She said “Let me get this right….” The white people from Europe “discovered” America and decided to migrate and settle there. Right?

I said “Yes”

Shortly after their migration, the white people faced strong resistance from the native people, the Indians. Right?

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How The Hell Houston Is A Cooler City Than Our Washington, DC?

Forbes  thinks our Awesome DC is the second coolest city after Houston. Measurements:  Houston has lower unemployment rate, stronger theater scene, world-class museums and a multicultural.

Either the people in Forbes including Morgan Brennan who wrote the article are on dope or I have always ended up staying in only blonde, blue eyes, vanilla ice part of Houston every time I was there.  I have been in that city four times ever since I got off the boat from Iran to Awesome Washington DC in 1986. I stayed an average of five days each time. I don’t remember ever spotted anyone but blondes and blue eyes with classic American red neck accent there.  So, not sure what multicultural thing Forbes is yapping about. Read more of this post

Washington, DC Poised To Become More Awesome for Businesses Starting With LivingSocial

Earlier this week, the DC Council implemented another Business incentive that was recommended to DC mayor by the local entrepreneurs including myself. The Council unanimously passed  the Social E-Commerce Job Creation Tax Incentive Act of 2012 bill that provides LivingSocial, the social daily deals company with future tax breaks that could total $32.5 million over a 10-year period.  Read more of this post

Five Awesome Tips to Use awesomize.me For Your Business

awesomize.me is a trend that has become very popular for businesses for a more effective online presence, quality lead generation, and particularly for them to distinguish their quality vs quantity online fans, friends, and followers.  Like all other social networking sites, if you don’t use it right, you will just end up wasting your time.  That said, here are five awesome tips to leverage the platform effectively for both your personal use and as an effective online sales & marketing channel:

1. Create a page for each one of your products and services 
awesomize.me allows your business to go far beyond just a simple company fan page. You are provided the ability to create a page for each of your  products & services linked back to your company page . Having your product and service pages on awesomize.me provides a much more effective sales & marketing exposure to your solution offering and access to quality leads.  You can then leverage the power of rating by your existing clients for each page to acquire new ones. Read more of this post

awesomize.me Poised To Make Social Media To Finally Work for B2B

With the rapid growth of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and now Google+, businesses around the world have incorporated the use of such platforms as part of their marketing and branding strategy. While there is no dispute that these platforms offer exposure to a broad population, it has been a struggle for these platforms to demonstrate a compelling ROI to the business community. The  GM decision to pull out their Ads from Facebook that was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal  is  just one of the recent example.

According to the latest survey by Hubspot, only LinkedIn has demonstrated the ability to convert traffic to leads for the B2B community that is on par with “traditional” marketing avenues by demonstrating a 2.6% conversion rate. Obviously, given the size of the population on these sites, the ability to effectively convert the visitors to actual leads could be a powerful business tool! Read more of this post

The Boeing 787 landed in Awesome DC for the first time today!

Its awesome landing over Potomac River to Reagan National  was part of the six-month world Dream Tour that Boeing has scheduled for their awesome dreamliner Boeing’s 787 .

Feel free to connect with me via awesomize.me

First Crowdfunding Conference on May 14th in Awesome Washington DC

The Crowdfunding bill that was signed by President Obama last month will have its first conference next week in Awesome DC!

If you are still not sure what the bill is all about and what it means to your business, the bill classifies startups as “emerging growth companies” that can turn to online investors to raise startup capital. Those companies would also be able to sell up to $50 million in shares before having to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission and have up to 1,000 shareholders which is double the current limitation. Read more of this post

Ganje Gharoon Nemikham: The Persian Musical Comedy Coming to Washington, DC on May 19th

If you are a Washingtonian Persian, “Ganje Gharoon Nemikham” is a fantastic musical comedy for you to see.  The show directed by Farzan Deljou starring Anthony Shams  aka Eslam the Comic,  the Farglish (Farsi + English) standup comedian and actor who used to be a Washingtonian himself till the late 80’s when he moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream.

The show is full of laugh from the beginning to the end! I saw it last month in LA. It’s in Farsi.  So, you have 19 days to learn the language 🙂 Read more of this post

The Most Awesome People, Company, Product, Service, and Question Categories in April 2012

Here are the most popular and awesome peoplecompany, productservice, and question categories searched and viewed on awesomize.me for the month of  April 2012. You may click on each link to see the top people, companies, products, services, and questions awesomzied by the community for each category.

Top 5 Awesome Question Categories:

1. Social Media 
2. Politics – Europe & Russia  
3. Mobile Wireless
4. Mobile Apps
5. Philosophical

Top 5 Awesome Company Categories:

1. Software  
2. Real Estate
3. Social media
4. Internet & Web
5. Retail

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The Most Awesome People, Company, Product, Service, and Question Categories in March 2012

Here are the most popular and awesome peoplecompany, productservice, and question categories searched and viewed on awesomize.me for the month of  March 2012. You may click on each link to see the top people, companies, products, services, and questions awesomzied by the community for each category.

Top 5 Awesome Question Categories:

1. Social Media 
2. Politics – Middle East & North Africa  
3. Health & Medicine
4. Politics – North America
5. Mobile Apps

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