We Did It! Awesome Washington, DC No.1 on Forbes List Of America’s New Tech Hotspots

Washington DC tech hub

Back in December of 2009, Elias Shams launched AwesomeDC blog with mainly One MISSION to accomplish:  To wipe out  all those Politics, corruption, and scandals crap from the face of Washington, DC.  Then to position the Nation’s capital as a city of technology, partying, clubbing and fun! Mainly  as a Tech hub. Read the 2nd paragraph right below the video of his interview with CNN where he says “My intention with this blog is to show the world Washington, DC is much more than just Politics, corruption, and scandals. Frankly, I am not sure of that myself either, but I will try  I will be covering everything happening in awesome DC, with the focus on the technology, parties, clubs, events, and of course the awesome Washingtonians” Read more of this post

Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 12, 2010

Name: Ardeshir Namazi
Live in: Virginia
Originally from: Tehran, Iran
Profession: Software Developer
What I love about DC area the most: Out of all the cities my life has taken me  and I’ve lived in including   Tehran, New York, Washington DC, Beirut, Dubai, and London, I love Washington, D.C. the most where I’ve got enjoyment with comfort. That is why I am finally settled in DC again 🙂  Read more of this post

Awesome DC becomes a Gold Digger


I am very excited to announce Awesome DC’s  first Gold Digging experience for a local company, Motionsoft who just landed their $5.5 mil investment.

The company was one out of the eight local early/later stage firm whose technology caught my attention at MAVA Capital connection 2010 back in May. Here is my coverage on them.

Motionsoft secured their investment from Edison Venture Fund. The fund will be used for expanding the company  sales, marketing and development activities. Read more of this post

Capital Connection’10 Showcased the Latest Technology Innovations


The two day Capital Connection’10 event organized by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) provided the opportunity to 40 early stage and 15 later stage companies to pitch their products and services to hundreds of  advisors, government decision-makers, angel and institutional investors from all over the country.

Indeed, time flies. Although it was about ten years ago I presented my telezoo to the same crowd at the same event, but it feels like yesterday when I  landed my $5 million VC funding from Lazard and snatched their associate, Marie-Louise Murville as my VP of Marketing a month later 🙂 Read more of this post

It’s MAVA time again!


by Elias Shams
It was about ten years ago I presented my first Internet company, Telezoo at MAVA and received my first cool $3 mil funding.  I didn’t even know how to carry that much money from MAVA to my bank 🙂 Damn! It feels like it was just yesterday.

It’s that time of the year again.

MAVA (Mid-Atlantic Venture Association) on announced the 40 early- and expansion-stage technology companies that have been selected to present at the organization’s Capital Connection ’10 event, scheduled for May 19-20 in Baltimore.

They companies will join 14 later-stage companies to be showcased throughout the conference. Selections were made by a panel of nearly 30 investors and advisors, co-chaired by Tom Grossi of New Enterprise Associates, Steve Fredrick of Grotech Ventures, Tom Roberts of Harbert Venture Partners and Sever Totia of Edison Venture Fund. Read more of this post