The First Declaration of Human Rights By Cyrus The Great Persian King On Exhibit In Awesome Washington, D.C.

Cyrus Cylinder

As a Persian/American entrepreneur who lived, found, and  worked for various hot and successful DC tech startups like Yurie Systems (acquired by Lucent for $1.23 B),  telezoo.com (the top 5 B2B in the world), and as the founder of awesomize.me, I’m proud to let you know the world’s first human rights declaration, is on display for the first time in the United States. Starting with our awesome DC through April 28 at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery, then  in Houston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read more of this post

Gone for a month! Viva Barcelona! Please vote wisely next month

I’ve tried to keep my distance from politics on Awesome DC, but my conscience prevents me from ignoring this untold story. Perhaps, if I didn’t have a personal connection to it, I wouldn’t bother with this blog post, which also involves US foreign policy and next month mid-term election. PLEASE vote wisely. We can’t afford having another Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Before I begin with the story, I want you to all know that I’ll be on the other side of the Atlantic starting this coming Monday till Nov 23rd. I’ll be visiting a few countries, as well as my hometown Shiraz, and my family. I will offer my condolences and respect to the family of a dear friend I recently lost, who is also part of the story, and will finally be chilling in Barcelona with some cool high school and army friends. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue with my blogging and will be working on our next venture, Awesomize.me, dependent of course on the type of internet access I’ll have in the VERY remote areas I will be staying at.

So please, keep your Tech and Washington DC stories coming via our contact us page. We have four people reading your emails and stories, so rest assured, one of us will post it on the website. Read more of this post

Research Reveals the Secrets Behind my Good Mood and Look

According to research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, saffron, the reddish-gold strands—dried stigmas of Crocus sativus—may have a role in relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression.

Shahin Akhondzadeh, Ph.D., and his colleagues gave 50 women with PMS two (15 mg) saffron capsules or placebo capsules daily over two menstrual cycles, keeping track of their symptoms in diaries. By the end of the study, over three-quarters of the women who had taken the equivalent of a micropinch of saffron reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women in the placebo group. Read more of this post

The Founder of AwesomeDC when NOT Blogging

A few good friends from my hometown, Shiraz Iran,  caught me with their iPhone on Friday night when totally wasted at Lima lounge AGAIN. Good thing, it didn’t turn out to be that bad. So, curious what I do when off the computer and not blogging?  Here it is 🙂

BTW, I don’t usually behave like this. I was just a little bit wasted having a good time with friends, and also a little bit over excited from the movie Scarface I had just watched before heading out: Read more of this post

Incredible People and Moments to Remember

1. USA: Martin Luther King “I have a dream”

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Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Aug 25, 2010 – No. 7

Name: Kamran Abdi
Live in: Maryland
Originally from: Tehran, Iran
Profession: Free Traveler
What I love about DC area the most: Besides the Jungles of Africa & South America, and The Sahara, Washington, DC has everything else from other countries as well as great people Read more of this post

Iranians and their Fascination with Lions

Iranian flag before 1979 Islamic Revolution

Lion on the walls of Persepolis - the capital of the Persian Empire (500 B.C.)

After watching this video, as an Iranian American, I have to say – it looks like we  are returning to our roots. The guy in the video is washing his lion pet in Tehran, in public, in a busy street.

As some historical documents show Iranian kept leopards and tigers as pet instead of dogs. Many centuries ago Iran landscape was a birth place for big cats: Read more of this post

Crap! This happened in my hometown, Shiraz


This is a video of a lion attacking one of its trainers in Shiraz, Iran 700 miles south of Tehran and 50 miles West of Persepolis the first capital of the Persian Empire.

The lion is hanging on to the man’s arm and chewing! The man’s friend/co-worker is holding on to the male lion’s head so it won’t be able drag the injured and bleeding man back in the middle of his cage to finish him off. The friend is screaming for help and begging for someone to find a stick, pistol or some other weapon to fight off or kill the lion! Watch and see the conclusion! The ending is good 🙂 Read more of this post

Remembering Neda



June 20th, 2010  was the one year anniversary of Neda Agha Soltan death,  my 26-year-old fellow Iranian country woman who was shot to death  on a Tehran street in the unrest that followed Iran’s disputed election in June 2009.

I am begging my fellow Washingtonians and the rest of the world not to forget about Neda!

Although Neda, whom her relatives described as non-political, was killed on a quiet street and was not participating in any political rally when she was shot, she became an instant symbol of the anti-government movement when a video of her death was shared on social networking sites. Read more of this post

Awesome Washingtonians and Americans Compared to the rest of the World

Although racism is still an issue in our country and in our nation’s capital, when was the last time you witnessed things like what you are about to see in the video below in DC or the rest of our country?

Having lived and worked in the EU including London, Bonn, Paris, and Madrid from 2002 through mid 2006, grew up in Shiraz and Tehran, visited many Middle Eastern and Asian countries, I can absolutely confirm the story in this video. I not only experienced this firsthand within their sports community and infamous hooligans, but everywhere including intellectuals, company executives, and the educational community.

As a naturalized US citizen who got off the boat from Iran back in mid 80’s and prior to my temporary move to Europe in 2002, I thought that we in America were racist. Boy, what the hell was I thinking? I agree there are still some pockets of racism in our country, but it is mostly among the undereducated community,. which is quite usual for any country and culture. Read more of this post