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Zvi Band Talks About Scaling a Company - Startup of the Year Podcast

· SOTY Podcast

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Zvi Band, the co-founder CEO of Contactually, a top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. He is also the author of the book Success is in Your Sphere.

Zvi co-founded Contactually in 2011, and led the company to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country. Contactually was then acquired by Compass, where Zvi stayed on as a General Manager until this year.

Zvi started off the year with some big news by announcing that he left Compass and is now building a new company, which will be interesting to hear more about in the near future.

We also hear segments from some of our Established Team members. Our Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, shares some words of inspiration for startup founders, and Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, has some tips for raising capital with a segment called the “VC Minute.

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Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.

The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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