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DomainTools Gets Visual
DomainTools is the one singular tool that I use the most when it comes to researching people I want to buy domains from or who want to buy domains from me. While there are plenty of WHOIS tools out there DomainTools goes about a million steps further by providing what I like to call a […] - Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:26
The Dark Side of the .io Extension
Over the last year Morgan has done some articles on the increasing popularity of .io and its usage by start ups. David Meyer wrote an article for GigaOm that takes a look at the dark side of .io and the people of the islands. From the article: The .io country code top-level domain is pretty […] - Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 13:41
The #1 Business Mistake A Domain Investor Can Make
Many of you know Sahar, he is a domain investing legend and actually the guy responsible for getting me involved in the domain industry, not intentionally, but through his blog. It was back in the summer of 2007 that I literally stumbled on Sahar’s blog and said, “holy shit, people are making money with domain […] - Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:59
I think I just found the cheapest place to buy .CLUB domains
As many of you know I have been bullish on a small handful of new gTLDs. With over 1,500 new gTLDs hitting the market I’ve also made it no secret that I think many are going to be worthless. So while I don’t think anyone should rush out and try to by ten of each new […] - Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 0:35
Getting Started with Python and MySQL – Updated for 2014
I’m a programming language nut. Since my days at CMU I have been fascinated by programming languages and finding the best language for each specific application. At Fashion Metric I write code in PHP and Python and use languages that I don’t consider coding (since they’re really just markup languages) like HTML and ... - Monday, June 30, 2014 - 18:35
Weekend Musings
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. The last week was one of the busiest weeks of the last decade. Techstars, as a startup accelerator is doing exactly what I had imagined, accelerating us by thrusting us into the heart of the Austin startup, VC, and angel investing scene. It’s intense. We have […] - Monday, June 30, 2014 - 0:6
My Top 10 Takeaways From Google I/O 2014
In case you missed the memo, Google held it’s yearly developer conference, aptly titled Google I/O this week and made a ton of announcements. For those keeping score Google tends to announce a lot of cool new things at Google I/O however, like Google Buzz (remember that) some of these cool new innovations don’t quite reac... - Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 18:12
Trouble In Paradise? Internet Connectivity Issues Plague ICANN 50
So you would think that a conference run by the folks who run a very important part of the Internet (domain names that is) would be able to provide an Internet connection for their attendees. Well think again, complaints about the lack of Internet has been rampant with Frank Schilling posting this most recently on […] - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:1
Domain Appraisal Scams Are Still Going Strong In 2014
If you own a fair number of domain names there is a very good chance that you’ve encountered the famous Domain Appraisal Scam. I wrote a post about this scam back in March of 2012 and it now has a whopping 452 comments all from people who have caught the scammers in the act. In […] - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 1:21
3 Mistakes New WordPress Bloggers Make
As many of you know I have been running a blog over here at since 2007. While I started-out initially on Typepad I made the move to WordPress about five years ago and haven’t looked back. Like most new things I learned the hard way and made mistakes that I learned from along the […] - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 0:57
When It Comes To Mobile, Apps Are Crushing The Web
Yes, we all love domain names. Heck I’ve been writing about domains since 2007 so I have to still think they are pretty awesome. While I love domains and don’t think they are going anywhere I am also constantly looking at data and trying to understand where the world is going over the next 5-10 […] - Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 16:25
Flippa Friday:,,
Hello,  good morning, and welcome to another Flippa Friday here on This week I have had a lot of new readers come to the blog so I thought I would quickly re-explain what Flippa Friday is all about. Every week I go through the domain names selling on Flippa and pick names that I think […] - Friday, June 20, 2014 - 9:26
Amazon’s Fire Phone Is Here – But Does Your Privacy Go Out The Window With It?
The smartphone battleground has just expanded beyond Google and Apple to include the one contender that understandably can fight alongside these two giants – Amazon. One of the keys to success for a smartphone is making it very attractive for developers which is one thing that Blackberry really failed at, remember Blackberry? A... - Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:23
The One Video You Need To Watch Today – How To Sharpen A Pencil
Okay, so I know this post has nothing to do with domains or startups, but honestly I literally was just crying with laughter watching this. Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a little laughter and since we’ve been working about 20 hours a day non-stop since we started at Techstars, this really is the comic […] - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 21:43 Launches New Service to Borrow Money Using Domains + Websites
It’s 2014 so it should come as no surprise that things like a house or car aren’t the only collateral you can use to get a loan. With millions of dollars in domain names and websites selling every single month it’s clear there is real value to these digital assets, and is now making […] - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:14
Boom! DomainTools Releases Major WHOIS Redesign
As I’ve said many times before, DomainTools is one of the most useful and essential tools for domain name investors. While I’ve always been a huge fan of DomainTools I have to say I haven’t been the biggest fan of their site itself. The design has been, well, in need of an upgrade and I’m excited […] - Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:53
Anti-theft Software Cool Enough For James Bond
I’m a big Bond fan and the gadgets are definitely one of the reasons why. This weekend I found a piece of anti-theft software for the Mac that actually makes me feel a bit like Bond…while Mac owners like myself don’t have to worry as much about viruses, it’s easy to forget that you’re carrying […] - Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 22:1
Weekend Musings – Austin Edition
Hello, Happy Saturday and welcome to the very first “Austin Edition” of my Weekend musings. As you may have heard this week, Fashion Metric was selected as one of the 11 startups out of 1,500 applicants. Here’s a breakdown of how this compares to other acceptance rates: 2015 Acceptance Rates Harvard – 6.2% Sta... - Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 17:7
5 Reasons Why We “Might” Move Our Startup To Austin Texas
Okay, to be completely honest I never thought in a million years we would be thinking about moving our startup to Austin, TX. I was born in the Bay Area, Berkeley to be exact, and growing-up when I thought of Texas I thought of three things, guns, overweight people and country music. First, please remember […] - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:36
.CO.COM Premium Landrush Is On + Why I Had To See The Data To Get It
.CO.COM, a new domain name extension run by three of the most-well known veterans in the domain industry. Even though they aren’t in general availability yet, the registry released a slew of premium domains yesterday, and at prices that anyone can afford. Names like,, and more went up f... - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 22:4

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