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

LIVE: President Obama on Google+ Hangout Today at 5:30 PM EST


Yesterday, it was Brad Pitt who finally bowed to Google Hangout, today, it’s the Commander in Chief  turn to bow.  President Obama is participating in the first completely virtual interview from the White House to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the live interview, which will be held through a Google+ Hangout, the President will answer questions submitted by people from across the country. In fact, more than 227,000 people have participated already, submitting over 133,000 questions and casting more than 1.6 million votes on the questions they would like to hear President Obama address. In the Hangout, the President will be joined by a selection of citizens who will engage in the conversation live. Read more of this post

awesomize.me: The First Business Intelligence Report Leveraging the Power of Rating and Community

In today’s environment, the easiest question to ask and sometimes the hardest to answer is “What’s the ROI?”  It is so commonplace that some people even use “ROI” as a metric in their personal lives! But I digress.  What I am really trying to tell you is that almost any good marketer or media person knows that you need analytics to measure the effectiveness of your strategies and tactics.  At a minimum, we all want to know who’s the coolest kid on the block or what is the new “it” thing.  So without further adieu, I give you  Awesome Analytics  – our first business intelligence report.

Our preview version of Awesome Analytics easily shows you the most awesome folks in 5 market segments –  people, company, product, service, and question categories searched and viewed on awesomize.me. Below is our November’s Awesome Analytics. You can click on each link to see the top people, companies, products, services, and questions awesomzied (rated) by the community for each category. Read more of this post

Washington, D.C. Not Branded as City of Politics, Corruptions, and Scandals anymore


Just to be clear, all three of them are still happening in DC, and they will continue to happen. However, given all the new Reality television shows which have invaded Washington, D.C., politics, corruptions, and scandals are the last thing coming to anyone’s mind these days.

Just in the last year alone, Washington, D.C., has played host to “The Real World” “Top Chef,” “DC Cupcakes“, the  up coming “Potomac River” and now the power-hungry White House-crashing cast members of “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

As a Washingtonian, I must admit that D.C. has suffered from a reputation of being a “9-5 city,” where most people live in Virginia and Maryland and commute in for work. Read more of this post

Huffington Post Counterbalance to the Right leaning Polling Companies – Acquires Pollster


In an effort to beef up the political coverage, the Huffington Post has  made its second acquisition in a month, as The New York Times reported on Wednesday the online publisher has purchased Pollster.com, an aggregator of poll data, from YouGov Polimetrix. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Pollster which is hosted on NationalJournal.com, comes at a time of intense competition among media outlets vying for influence in Washington’s saturated online media market. Pollster.com has provided polling data to Atlantic Media’s National Journal. Read more of this post

All Hidden Secrets of Washington, D.C. in a tiny App



Here is a super cool app for the iPhonians of Washington, D.C. and those who plan to visit Awesome Washington, D.C. – It Happened Here app for iPhone.

The app will make every trip to or within Washington, D.C. infinitely more interesting by putting a your location in context with the DC’s rich history and vibrant personality. Hundreds of events are provided, including the places where:

  • “Deep Throat” held secret 2 a.m. meetings with journalists about Watergate
  • John Wilkes Booth hid after assassinating Abraham Lincoln
  • John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier over dinner Read more of this post

Awesome DC Gearing up for Advertising – FREE till mid or end of July


Our Dear Beloved Friends, Colleagues, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and of course the Fans,

As most of you may already know, we  launched Awesome DC earlier this year. The intent is to position of our Nation’s Capital as one of the greatest cities in the world to live and play in. The major focus is on topics ranging from technology, social & online media, business & finance, health & environment and of course most importantly events & parties (especially since we have the most famous party crashers in the world too)! Essentially everything but politics.

Please feel free to read some of the stories under our categories and subcategories from the homepage. Initially most of the articles were written by me, but I am glad to announce that I now have three other contributors, and we post about three to seven articles a day. You are most welcome to submit articles for inclusion on the site if you would like, as I am always looking for contributors. Read more of this post

The Truth Behind Washington D.C. Attraction Revealed


Within the first month after I got off the boat from Shiraz to Washington, DC in 1985, I could tell something was very different about DC.  No, it wasn’t the politics, nor the museums, nor the awesome sceneries of Washington, DC. Something else  made me  fall in love with the city and settle here for good – the insane ratio of women to men in DC.  I have been always wondered about the reason behind it  for the past 25 years. I think I’ve  finally found the answer today on May 25th, 2010. Read more of this post