Offers on 4L .COMs going strong as some investors are still going long
A while back I wrote about the increase in 4L .COM offers I was seeing and it sounds like I’m not alone. Just about everyone I know who owns 4L .COMs has reported a steady increase in offers, albeit far off their Q4 high. That being said, it’s fair to say there are some investors […] - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 23:15
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How to access the World Wide Web in 1996
The Internet has grown up quite a bit over the last twenty years. Some lucky people bought domain names around this time, at a time where the whole world really didn’t know what to think of this whole “world wide web” thing. Just for fun let’s hop in a time capsule, go back in time […] - Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 23:4
Want to learn about Domain Investing? Don’t Forget, Most Advice Has An Expiration Date
The domain name industry is full of people giving advice and the number of people offering advice has increased exponentially over the years. One of the biggest problems with the growth of the Domaining education space is that only a fraction of the people giving advice are speaking from experience, many are just trying to […] - Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 15:18
A Large Corporation Needs Focus, Too
Morgan regularly writes about the importance of focus. What most people forget is that this is important to both small and large businesses alike. If you let other forces affect your company’s trajectory, even corporate giants will fail. I’m going to use Microsoft as a case study for a large business. Microsoft recently had to [̷... - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 21:3
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3 Mistakes New Domainers Make
One of the questions I’ve seen the most from new Domainers is – “what are the top mistakes I should avoid making?” While I’d love to say that buying and selling domain names is easy, the reality is that this is one of the most complex investment vehicles on the planet. Yes, the potential is […] - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 23:33
Hello from ShopTalk
This morning we made the voyage from Austin to Las Vegas for the first annual ShopTalk conference. While this is the first year for ShopTalk it has already become one of the top eCommerce and retail innovation conferences in the world with keynotes ranging from Marc Lore, the founder and CEO of to Tim Kendall, the President [... - Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 23:5
The debate on the future of 4L .COMs continues
One of the hottest topics in the domain name world so far this year has been the decline in sales prices for 4L .COMs compared to the spike in Q4 2015. The average price of a 4L .COM (Chinese Premium) has declined from a high of just over $2,000 in December of 2015 down to around […] - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 16:0
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Startup Words Wednesday: Incubator vs Accelerator
Several people use the terms “business incubator” and “startup accelerator” interchangeably, but they are not the same. In this week’s Startup Words Wednesday, we’re looking at the general definitions of an incubator and an accelerator, and then exploring their differences. If you’re an entrepreneur trying to decide between the two, ... - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 19:22
21 years later you can now truly appreciate Nintendo’s Virtual Boy
Do you remember the Virtual Boy? It’s on record as being Nintendo’s second worst-selling product, but it was a very early venture into the concept of consumer VR. To jog your memory, it looks like this: (Image credit – TechSpot) There were a ton of complaints about the Virtual Boy and sadly it did not kick-start [&#... - Monday, May 9, 2016 - 23:10
Why 2016 might not be the year of VR
2016 has been dubbed as the year of VR.  Fortune – 2016 The Year of Virtual Reality? CNET – Virtual Reality Set To Takeoff in 2016, researcher says BBC – 2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality In some ways I agree – I think 2016 is already a year where people […] - Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 14:22
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Popular Podcasts and Audiobooks
Entrepreneurs simply do not have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything they want to. With all the immediate demands that come with maintaining and growing a business, there is usually precious little time left for longer term personal pursuits. A great example of this is continued learning and self-education. Some of us ar... - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 20:5
3 Tools Every SaaS Founder Should Know About
As the co-founder of a SaaS startup I am incredibly busy just about every minute of every day. It’s easy to get in “do mode” where you are highly tactical, focused on getting things done that need to be done. While this is a great mode to be in, as founders we have to keep […] - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:5
Have your next Slack conversation in Virtual Reality
We’ve been using Slack for over a year now, compared to things like Skype or Google Chat like we’ve used in the past there’s no comparison. It’s designed for businesses that need to communicate and keep things organized beyond simple direct messaging. And now you can pull everyone into a VR meeting thanks to A... - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 22:12
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Startup Words Wednesday: Analysis Paralysis
In this week’s Startup Words Wednesday I’m going to address a phenomenon I frequently see demolishing brick-and-mortar businesses and startups: analysis paralysis. Entrepreneurs, data scientists, domain investors and other key decision makers often want 100% of the information before making a decision. It’s a very rare occasion when ... - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 23:57
From $2 to $6,800 with 尼康.世界
If you can’t read the domain name above, you’re not alone. That’s because in Chinese it means, it’s an IDN and the owner made over 300,000% with this deal. The buyer is Nikon according to the WHOIS record: Now I’m not saying to rush out and buy every 世界 domain you can find. Instead I […... - Monday, April 25, 2016 - 21:40
Native Apps vs Mobile Web Debate Rages On
There has been a long standing battle for dominance between the mobile web and mobile applications. Domain investors heatedly debate the issue because we believe it’s a key performance indicator in domain name usage. Two years ago Morgan wrote a post about smartphone users spending only 20% of their phone usage on the mobile web. [&#... - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:23
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Using HubSpot to identify potential domain buyers
I recently discovered a feature in HubSpot which many of you might already know, but it’s new to me so I’m assuming it will be new to some of my readers as well. First I’ll back-up and tell you what HubSpot is for those that are completely new to it. HubSpot is a suite of tools to […] - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 0:8
If you’re spending more than $1,000 on a domain name – use an escrow service
Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine who is another startup founder here in Austin. He is getting ready to buy a domain name, the negotiation is over, and now he’s trying to sort out the safest way to pay for and transfer the domain name. Like most domain transactions, he doesn’t know the […] - Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 13:53
Squarespace gets into the domain registrar game
Popular website building platform announced that starting today you can buy domain names directly through the service. Initially the company will be offering over 200 TLDs and it’s likely that number will grow over time. “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Squarespace Domains, the newest way for anyo... - Friday, April 15, 2016 - 22:19
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How do you keep track of inbound offers on your domain names?
Rewind five years ago and I got about one inbound offer a month, now I get 200+ offers a month and the good old Google Sheet became a less-than-efficient way to keep track of inbounds. I would say that for every 100 offers I get, one is from a qualified buyer that actually wants to buy a […] - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 19:43

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