How to Negotiate Buying a Domain Name, Part II [This is Part 2 of 3 in an ongoing series addressing how startups can negotiate buying a domain name. You can read the previous article here] In the last article we covered the research phase that comes before contacting a domain owner. This time we’re exploring outreach tips as well as tactics to use when […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 14:59
Why Going To A Domain Conference Early Is Always A Good Idea I can still remember my first domain name conference, it was the TRAFFIC Vegas conference back in 2010. It was an absolutely surreal experience and coming early made all the difference in the world. I got to live what was a dream of mine at that time – breakfast with Rick Schwartz, Howard Neu, and […]
It’s All About The Team – .CO, 1.8 million Domains Later From Twitter to Vine, Angel List to Google, .CO has become a mainstay for some of the most recognized startups and Fortune 500 companies on the planet and like most startups, it has everything to do with the team and their ability to execute. When it comes to this execution Juan Calle and Lori Anne Wardi could […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, July 20, 2015 - 20:51
How to Negotiate Buying a Domain Name Acquiring a good domain name is integral to the success of your business. There’s a good chance that your lynchpin domain that meets all your company’s brand goals is already taken. Domain sellers are armed to the teeth with sales knowledge and buying experience. Make sure you don’t have your seed investment sandbagged with a […...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 14:12
A few reflections on hiring our first ten employees A year ago Fashion Metric was two people, me and Daina, working out of our apartment in Marina del Rey. Now we’re a team of nine, and we’re not done building the team. It has been an incredible journey and I can tell you that we’re still learning every single day. Daina and I have […]
My Official Stance On Investing in New gTLDs vs. COM I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the majority of my investments are and will continue to be .COM. I think I’ve repeated this almost weekly for the past year but still people seem to miss the boat because they know I’m also a fan of new gTLDs. How can this be? Easy, […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, July 13, 2015 - 22:1
Self-Driving Cars Have Arrived In Austin I can tell you that moving our startup to Austin was one of the best decisions we ever made. Not only is Austin’s startup scene growing like crazy, but Austin is quickly becoming a major global hub for innovation. Google picked Austin as one of the first cities to get Google Fiber, and now in […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 20:55
5 Ways That Frank Schilling and Konstantinos Zournas Are Similar Konstantinos, domain investor and publisher of popular domain name blog OnlineDomain.com dropped a bomb back in May when he announced that he spent $50,000 investing in new gTLDs. While most of the Domain industry is still laser-focused on .COM, I think it takes some serious vision to make a move like Konstantinos, and I think [̷...
If you can’t get the .COM, what’s your next favorite domain extension? Over the last week I’ve made two things very clear: 1) I still think that .COMs are the best investment in the domain space and that’s where I’m putting the vast majority of my investment dollars 2) I think some new gTLDs will take-off over the next 5-10 years and will become very good investments, […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 21:8
Techstars Alum Distil Networks Raises $21M In Funding I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Techstars alumni. Heralded as one of the top startup accelerators in the US (and #1 globally) and harder to get into than Harvard, Techstars continues to make waves in the startup space. Today Distil Networks, another Techstars alum […...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 22:58
The New gTLDs Are Like Cellphones In 1974 I can still remember getting my first cellphone, I think the year was 2001. I felt so cool, I was on the bleeding edge of technology, an early adopter, and something that I knew was going to change the world. Almost nobody I knew had cellphones and the reasons to use a landline phone were […]
New gTLD sales are making news but that doesn’t mean .COM is going anywhere I wrote an article earlier this week about how new domain extensions are selling for more than .COMs. This is a reality, it’s happening, and it will continue to happen. What I think is important to realize is that new gTLDs like Autism.Rocks can sell more for .COMs like AutismRocks.com without implying that .COMs as a […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 22:11
It’s happening – new domain extensions are selling for more than .COMs I just read an article on popular domain investing blog The Domains about a trend that I think we’re going to see more and more over the years – a new domain extension selling for more than its matching .COM. The domain name is Autism.rocks and it just sold for a whopping $100,000 vs. only […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 21:5
The Team Behind .XYZ Announces Their Latest Domain Name Extension – .SECURITY The team behind .XYZ is continuing to expand, along with buying Yahoo’s old HQ in Santa Monica and adding .COLLEGE and .RENT today they announced the addition of .SECURITY to the mix. we’re excited to announce to you first that .Security will be joining the XYZ family! Coming to you in late-2015, .Security will be the […]
Weekend Musings + A Symphony Fit For Hyrule Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I usually try to include a photo or two in my weekend musings but today I thought I’d shake things up a bit with a video of what the weather has been like lately here in Austin. Initially the rain was a bit annoying but now I’ve […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 17:9
.CLUB Defines The Successful New gTLD Formula As I’ve said many times before, I think .CLUB is one of the stand-out new domain names extensions to hit the market and with a year behind them I can move the “think” into the “know” category. There are more new domain extensions out there than any of us can name, but if there are […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 22:13
Techstars Adds Startup Weekend To The Mix + More With UP Global Acquisition This morning Techstars announced their acquisition of UP Global, the parent organization to events like Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Digest, and the list goes on. What these means for both organizations is a massive increase in the size and reach of both networks. By joining forces with UP Global, Techstars can continue to ...
3 Things We’ve Learned About Hiring Great People I have spent over ten years now hiring people and building teams, initially at Sonos where I managed an International sales team, and now at Fashion Metric where we are building our core team. Both experiences have been incredibly different but there are three common trends I’m seeing when it comes to hiring truly exceptional p...
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:7
How to Protect Your Domains and Other Sensitive Data, Part III [This is final segment of a three part series addressing security measures and precautions you can take to protect your domains and other data. Check out parts 1 and 2.] From Wi-Fi “honeypots” to social engineering heists, we’ve covered the most common types of attacks on your domains and data. This final segment will expose […...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 13:14
3 Blogs Every SaaS Startup Founder Should Be Reading As the co-founder of a SaaS startup I’m always on the lookout for great resources in the SaaS space. I’m also someone who prefers consuming content in blog form vs. book form so I’m always on the lookout for great blogs by either previous SaaS founders or investors in the SaaS space that share their experiences. [...
Weekend Musings – From Chicago to Austin, IRCE to the XGames Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. This week I was in Chicago with our VP of Product for IRCE, the largest Internet Retail conference in the world. I took this photo from one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Chicago at the beginning of our trip while it was still sunny out. […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 14:37
How to Protect Your Domains and Other Sensitive Data, Part II [This is Part 2 of 3 in an ongoing series addressing security measures and precautions that help prevent domain and data theft. You can read the previous article here] In the last article we covered the hazards of unsecured connections and how to avoid your domains and other data slip through your fingers while browsing […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:53
Reflections on IRCE 2015 – Blurring the lines between “online” and “in-store” Fashion Metric is in Chicago this week for one of the largest Internet Retail shows in the world – IRCE. The show brings together some of the biggest companies in the eCommerce world like Target, Amazon, eBay and many others, along with SaaS companies like us that provide insights and integrations to improve and enrich […...
GigaOm Rescued by an Austin Startup I have been a huge fan of GigaOm for as long as I can remember reading blogs on a daily basis. What I always loved about GigaOm is the quality of the articles and the depth that the writers would provide. A lot of this had to do with the incredible team of writers that […]