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

If You Build It Awesome…They Will Come

Minus the “Awesome” part, this was the line from the 1989 classic movie “Field of Dreamsthat inspired me to become a risk taker and an entrepreneur that eventually drove me to build telezoo.com in 1999 and awesomzie.me in 2011. Certainly people are coming… I’ve included a few of them all the way at the end of this article:

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Those who missed my seminar on Entrepreneurship

Those of you couldn’t make the Strayer University IT/ Entrepreneurs Club Seminar on Entrepreneurship over the weekend, here is the slide show I presented.  Special thanks to Mr. John Aberman with Amplifier Ventures and Awesome DC contributor who gave me the tips for my slides.

Any question, drop me a note: Read more of this post

Strayer University IT/ Entrepreneurs Club Seminar on Entrepreneurship

Strayer University has organized a seminar to discuss how students prepare for the corporate world.  Everyone is invited.

Mission: The mission of  SUITE Club (Strayer University IT/ Entrepreneurs Club) is to play a central role in promoting IT and entrepreneurship education to both undergraduate and graduate students. In part the mission of SUITE club is to establish itself as an organization pivotal to the success of students concentrating in Consulting, Operation Management and Information Systems at the Strayer University. Read more of this post

The Best Entrepreneurs of Awesome Washington, D.C.

Ernst & Young on Thursday night named the winners of its Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Greater Washington to a sold-out crowd of 650 during a gala in McLean. Winners included:

Sheila Johnson of Salamander Hospitality, Master Entrepreneur

Luke Hillier of ADS, Government Contracting 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

AOL Beginning To Be Saved by Googlers?

Elias Shams
I have been following AOL on and off since their new CEO, the former Googler, Tim Armstrong took over a year go. It does look like he has been kicking ass and taking names since his take over! The company which has been doubling down on its own local efforts past several months, is now setting up a $10 million venture capital fund to invest in the local space – specifically “local content” services. The new venture fund headed by Jon Brod which operates as part of AOL Ventures will be targeting early-stage startups developing complementary technology and services with a local focus.

Did you hear that DC and NYC startups in “local content”  space? read more…

The George Washington University SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship

I will be one of the panelist at the GWU SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Science) Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship next month. The seminar titled “How I Got Started: Getting Your Idea Off the Ground”.

This is the first in a four-part Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. SEAS will host panel discussions on topics ranging from accessing start-up capital to intellectual property, and will feature successful entrepreneurs working in many different fields. Other panelists for the first seminar include Ashok Jha SEAS ’92, co-founder and CEO of Adnet Systems, Inc., Scott Gessay SEAS ’88, CEO, President and founder of FGM, Inc., and me SEAS ’96, former of CEO, DC based social search company, Searchles, CTO and founder, Telezoo.com.

Here are more information about the seminar:
Tuesday, January 19 | 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Panel Discussion
Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
You can Register here

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