[Job Opening] awesomize.me is looking for a few good men or women with Ruby on Rails experience!

awesomize.me, the Washington,  D.C. based b2b2c startup that also helps you to distinguish your quality vs. quantity online fans, friends, and followers is looking for a top notch developer who has experience working on high scalability systems. The ideal candidate will be extremely passionate about solving large scale problems. Read more the job opening here .

Here is a 2 minutes demo of what the company is all about and what’s trying to solve:

More about the company here.

Read more about the position here and apply via the contact us page link provided below the job description.

Feel free to connect with me via awesomize.me

Ask Not How Your Fans and Followers Can Awesomize You…Ask How You Can Awesomize Them!

As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve learned that we can have the most incredible ideas, but if we fail to come up with the right messaging our startup could end up nowhere. Typically, a startup hires a marketing communications person or even a PR agency to help them with that task. But, what would you do if you don’t have the funding to afford one? Well, do what I recently did: Put your heads together with other successful entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences – and surround your self with smart, creative people – if they are beautiful, that’s even double jackpot! Read more of this post

Hermione Way – The New Smoking Hot Media Entrepreneur in America

I was recently interviewed via Skype by Hermione Way, and she is determined to help startups to get their dream buzz that other media usually fail to do right. Although the quality of our skype video call wasn’t that great, I came away impressed with how she asked intelligent, though provoking questions and could grasp awesomize.me.  So, I decided to do a little bit of checking on Hermione Way. Those of you startup Washingtonians, you definitely need to be on her radar.

Hermione Way is a British journalist and media entrepreneur babe who moved to the US about six months ago.  She is currently based in San Francisco working for The Next Web.   What I like about her style compared to others like TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOm, Venturebeat,  as well as the major media giants like NY Times and LA Times who have covered my previous ventures, is her preparation and personal approach.  In our conversation, it was very apparent that she takes her time to study every startup, and subsequently goes about asking entrepreneurs the right questions. She brings a personal touch by interviewing them either face to face or via Skype. I find her and her approach very refreshing in the world of media and journalism – particularly when it comes to the coverage of tech startups which are typically more challenging to be understood by the journalists.

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Bill Gates New Passion for Clean Car Technology

Whether you think President Obama is doing a great Job in handling our nation, whether or not you voted for him, one thing for sure he deserves a major credit for – Greenizing the country. I have been living, studying, and working in Washington, D.C.  since 1985.  I have never seen so much buzz and initiatives on green since Obama has taken over the Washington, D.C.  His passion for going Green has even got Bill Gates to invest in green.

Prior Obama if you asked any republican to spell out “green”, they would spell it  B-L-A-C-K. I assume you all know what I mean; OIL. Read more of this post

Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won’t Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain

I just finished reading this article on Techcrunch. Being a Washingtonian and only a few blocks from the White House, I felt obligated to provide as much exposure as possible to this great article by Vivek Wadhwa . I hope somebody from the Administration pays attention to this:

In a speech at the American University last Thursday, President Obama highlighted the incredible economic rewards that America has gained from its immigrants. He spoke of new waves of immigrants—from places like Ireland, Italy, Poland, and China—challenging the generations before them, and consequently being subjected to “rank discrimination and ugly stereotypes”.  Yet the immigrants kept coming to America. That’s because it was the only land of opportunity. The President wants lawmakers to fix the immigration system so that America can remain globally competitive. But I don’t think it’s that simple. America is no longer the only magnet for the world’s best and brightest. Fixing immigration policy is an important start, but it won’t be enough to stop the brain drain of highly educated and skilled workers that the U.S. is presently experiencing. Read more of this post

Something about Marne

Here are more information we digged out about the new facebook’s vice president of global public policy babe,  Marne Levine, who just left her top position as the National Economic Counsel  at the white house. I blogged about her yesterday.

According to Washington Life, Marne is married to Philip Deutch “a managing director of Perseus, LLC, a Washington, D.C. and New York City-based private equity fund. Deutch focuses on venture capital investing in the energy area.”

She donated $4,600 to presidential campaigns in 2008 – $2,300 to Hilary Clinton and $2,300 to Barack Obama Read more of this post

TECH cocktail Where The Washingtonian Geeks Meet The Washingtonian Babes

One company the Washingtonian techies and VCs should thank to is TECH cocktail DC. They have been around since May of 2006. The company is a community building startup founded by Frank Gruber and Eric Olson that offers events and community-powered projects open to bloggers, technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals interested in technology in under served technology communities.

Their mission is to amplify the technology signal in under served markets and have fun doing it which is right along our mission in Awesome DC for the entire DC and not just our technology sector.

Referring to my recent coverage comparing our Potomac River with California Silicon Valley, not every city has a sense of community seen in technology rich areas like Silicon Valley. TECH cocktail DC hopes to remedy the situation by creating a place for bloggers, technologists, entrepreneurs and other business professionals to meet, share ideas and have some fun. TECH cocktail is not exclusive to Chicago, and is open to the public in hopes people from around the globe will be able to participate. In the past TECH cocktail has also hosted events in Chicago, Boulder and Boston.

As for the two dudes behind the company, ERIC OLSON is a Massachusetts native and Bentley College alumnus who now resides in Chicago. Eric is currently working on TransFS.com – a comparison shopping website for credit card processing (with more financial services to come). Eric is also an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to TransFS.com Eric worked as an Associate at DFJ Portage Venture Partners where he worked on evaluating and investing in the top technology startups in the Midwest. Prior to DFJ Portage Eric was in Partner Development at Google and in Business Development for Chicago-based startup FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in June 2007.

The other co-founder is FRANK GRUBER is a product strategist and evangelist for AOL in the social networking & platforms group. Frank has lead the AIM team to create the AIM Lifestream and was also responsible for the myAOL suite. Frank’s expert analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies have been featured in TechCrunch, Read Write Web, iMediaConnection and on SOMEWHAT FRANK. Frank also produces a video podcast called SOMEWHAT FRANK TV. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Mr. Gruber received his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University. Frank is also the co-founder of Shiny Heart Ventures. Frank was named of the 100 DC Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine in May 2009.

Tech cocktail events are open to everyone, You can be blogged or podcast. I have been attending most of their events and they are packed and awesome. They gave away a HP Envy laptop last time I attended their event.

Here is their interview during one of their events. Good luck hearing them.

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Death to Rolodex? Really? Well, that’s what it says on CYNCZ website

I attended the TECH Cocktail DC 7 event last week at LeftBank Lounge in Adams Morgan. I bumped into many of my old friends. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that many investors and noticed only a few handful of startups showcasing their products – including Genius Rocket which runs by a great friend of mine also another Washingtonian serial entrepreneur, Mark Walsh. The event was packed with people though mostly geeks like myself.

I also met the co-founders of a new startup, CYNCZ, Jaya Pandey and Neeraj Jaiman based in Clarksburg, Maryland. They have been around since March. My first reaction I was dying to tell him: Dude, you got to come up with a better, easier, and meaningful company name. I think their product is cool though. Not sure about their competitive landscape though. CYNCZ automatically synchronizes your connected address books and if any information is changed or missing on one address book, it will automatically update all connected address books. In a nut shell, they allow you access all your contact details, anywhere, anytime on any device. So, why death to Rolodex? Because they let you automatically synchronize all your contact information from all your devices. So, I guess you let your rolodex die. Give it a try and check it out for yourself. Love to get your feedback.

Here is how it works.

I left the place around 10 p.m totally wasted. Well, the drinks were free. So naturally, I filled myself up with my favorite brand of French red wine, Beaujolais 🙂

Here is their pitch on youtube. It is a little bit boring. But hey, didn’t we all start like this? I myself certainly did. I am so embarrassed to even look at the old videos of my telezoo days. What the hell was I thinking?

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