3 Real-Life Lessons from HBO’s Silicon Valley

If you’re an IT entrepreneur and haven’t seen HBO’s Silicon Valley, I’d definitely add it to your “binge watch over a rainy weekend” list. Not only is it pretty darn funny, but you can learn real-life business lessons from watching the Pied Piper startup navigate Silicon Valley. As real-life entrepreneurs, we’ve faced many similar challenges

Top 3 Lessons Shared with GMU’s Class of 2016

If you’re not one of the graduates proudly dawning your robe and enjoying the crowning achievement of your college career, you’re probably sitting in the stands teary-eyed and cheering your friends and family as they march. Last week, MetroStar’s CEO and Co-Founder Ali Reza Manouchehri had

By | 2017-02-23T15:47:16+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Events|Tags: , , |

6 Elements of a Great Company Culture [Video]

Although innovation and hard work are integral to a company’s success, culture is the glue that holds its people together. For 17 years, we’ve maintained this belief, and have groomed a resilient culture that reflects the interests, passions, and collective mission of our employees. By doing so, our company has grown from a two-man team

By | 2017-03-03T19:08:07+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Leadership|Tags: , , , |

How to Build a Culture of Change Leaders

Embracing Change for Success The ability to embrace change differentiates the unsuccessful person from the successful person—and it does the same for companies. While we have all heard (and experienced) that change on individuals is stressful and hardly welcomed, today’s successful businesses are moving faster than ever. If a company can’t jive with the

GMU Usabilathon Recap

Last Saturday, MetroStar Systems opened its doors to George Mason University’s Human Factors and Applied Cognition students for a 9-hour Usabilathon, which challenged them to build visualization projects from social media data. We were honored to have the opportunity to host GMU’s incredibly talented students during #UsabilathonDC and observed great examples of how to make

By | 2018-01-02T21:09:58+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Career Growth, Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Essential Elements of a Successful R&D Program

While the concept of research is as old as science, the pairing of research and development is a relatively new development. The innovations that result in new products and new processes usually have their roots in research; they have followed a path from laboratory idea, to pilot or prototype production, to full-scale production and

11 Tips for Succeeding in a Phone Interview

1. Be awake. If your phone interview is scheduled for the morning, don’t treat your interviewer’s call as a wake-up call. Get out of bed at least an hour before your interview and take some time to freshen up, eat breakfast, review your notes, and drink water to fight that crackly morning voice.

By | 2016-12-28T20:53:17+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Categories: Career Growth, Culture|Tags: , , , |

18 Tips for Succeeding in an Interview

How to Succeed in an Interview 1. Dress well. When in doubt, always lean towards dressing formally. Not only will this give off a good first impression, but you’ll feel more confident when you come in wearing your best set of clothes. 2. Arrive on time. There’s nothing worse than keeping your interviewer waiting

By | 2017-01-06T23:45:01+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Categories: Career Growth, Culture|Tags: , , , |

Through the Eyes of the Intern

Finding the Right Fit As a marketing management student about to enter my senior year at Virginia Tech, getting real-world experience as a marketing intern was a top priority for me this summer. I spent several weeks applying to numerous marketing internship programs until I found my perfect match, MetroStar Systems. What drew me

By | 2017-05-11T20:02:13+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Categories: Career Growth, Culture|Tags: , , |