Meet the “Bitcoin of DNS” – .BIT, The Decentralized gTLD
CoinTelegraph ran an interesting interview with the founder of .BIT which is branding itself as the Bitcoin of DNS, in essence a de-centralized domain extension that is run on the blockchain network. GetDotBit allows for easy purchase of .bit domain names. The extension .bit is similar to .com, except it runs on a blockchain network.... - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 22:3
What happened to Fusible’s Blog?
I have been blogging about domain names since 2007, it’s amazing to think that it has almost been almost 8 years that I have been writing this blog. During that time period I have seen the domain blogosphere grow and change in many different ways. There were the days where Chef Patrick was always making […] - Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 13:47
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Weekend Musings: Swan Lake Ballet, Email Rants and The Points Guy
Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. This is a working weekend for us so I’m spending most of my time glued to my computer. Of course during working weekends we still like to take a little break and this afternoon we’re going to see the Ballet Austin’s Swan Lake which we’re both really [&#... - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:57
Why has no killer email client come out for the Mac?
Years ago I discovered an amazing email app called Sparrow, then Google bought them, shut it down, and I was back to GMail. I went on a quest to try every email client I could find, I’ve tried Mac Mail, Mailplane, Postbox, Outlook for Mac (which actually is terrifyingly bad), Mailpilot, Notify, Mailmap, and the […] - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 21:45
Driving Domain Buyers to Your Auction, Part III: Outreach
[This is the final segment of a three part series addressing how to effectively promote your domain auction via cold emailing. Check out parts 1 and 2.] In the previous articles I outlined the proper research and tracking tactics you should follow and the strategies your email structure should mimic. Now it’s time for the […] - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:0
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5 Handy WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Should Know About
I’ve been writing my blog since 2007 and over the last 7 years I’ve always been surprised at the sheer mass of new plugins that become available. It’s enough to make your head spin and most bloggers stick with the plugins they’ve known and loved for years. While it’s always good to go with what […] - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 22:10
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things From Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2015 – Day One
First, often when I share a recap everyone thinks I’m at the event and sends me emails and text messages, I’m not in NYC, still here in Austin, just watching from the sidelines at 9PM to catch-up on the day. Techcrunch Disrupt is one of the biggest events in the startup space and one of […] - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 22:38
Dot XYZ gets a mention on HBO’s Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is one of the few tv shows I watch week in and week out, this week’s episode without giving away any spoilers to the show, did feature .XYZ. After I watched the episode I did see tweeted it out. New TLDs are on @SiliconHBO tonight! High five to @xyz for having […] - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 23:31
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Weekend Musings + Water Biking In Austin
Hello, happy Sunday and welcome to my weekend musings. I have to say this was one great weekend. While we usually spend every weekend working, this weekend my Dad was in town visiting so we got a chance to play tour guide and adventure around Austin. Here’s a photo I took on Saturday while we […] - Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 21:21
Tesla Moves Beyond Cars and Into Energy – Introducing the Powerwall
It’s official, yesterday evening Tesla founder Elon Musk announced that Tesla is getting into the energy business, and like most things Elon does, they’re going big. The move isn’t a complete diversion from what Tesla Motors currently does given that batteries are a huge part of their current business. Now Tesla is ... - Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:30
Driving Domain Buyers to Your Auction, Part II: Composition
[This is Part 2 of 3 in an ongoing series addressing how to effectively promote your domain auction via cold emailing. You can read the previous article here] Before writing any emails, remember that you’re contacting these people out of the blue. Do not assume they’re interested in your domain, don’t waste their time, and […] - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:0
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Reflections on building company culture at a seed stage startup
I can still remember the days when our “startup” was just the two of us in our apartment in Marina del Rey. It feels like a long time ago but in reality it wasn’t. Most startups begin this way, it’s usually you and one other person and typically you’ll find yourself in your apartment, their […] - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 21:15
The Average One-Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Austin is now More Expensive Than Los Angeles
The results are in for March and it’s official, renting a one-bedroom apartment in Downtown Austin is now more expensive than renting a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. The good news is these high rents don’t expand across all of Austin but there is no doubt that rising rents downtown will expand to the surrounding a... - Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:33
The Power Of The Pivot – Techstars Grad ClassPass sees $60M Run Rate – Acquires Biggest Competito...
Techstars grad ClassPass wasn’t originally called ClassPass, they were called Classivity and they started as a marketplace for people to find guitar classes, ballet classes, etc. The only problem was, nobody wanted to use their marketplace, in an 18-month period they had only 100 signups. This is the point where many people wou... - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 21:8
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Driving Domain Buyers to Your Auction, Part I: Research
We’ve all sent domains to auction on various platforms and been disappointed with the result. Was it the domain? Was it the effort put in? Could anything else be done? Oh, the humanity! The answer is a resounding “yes” to all of the above. In this three-part series I’m going to spell out how to […] - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:0
Oscar raises $145M but they will never own and that’s okay
We are living in a new world, a world where owning an exact-match .COM, while still incredibly relevant and valuable, is no longer a “must-have” for successful companies. From wildly successful startups like Vine ( and, to new ventures like (raised $30.8M so far) and, it is clear t... - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:29
Five Organizations Shaping Austin’s Startup Ecosystem
We have been in Austin for almost a year now. Initially we expected to be in Austin for three months, now we call it home (read more on Medium). While I can honestly say that Austin as a city has truly impressed me in more ways than I could have imagined, it is the startup […] - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 10:52
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Weekend Musings
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I’ve decided to start these posts with a photo that I’ve taken since as many of you know, while not professionally trained (or very good IMO) I do take a lot of photos. The photo above was taken last weekend at Baron’s Creekside in Fredericksburg, our favorite ... - Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 16:54
VP of Engineering vs. CTO – The Difference and Why It Matters
Rewind two years ago and I thought that a CTO and a VP Engineering were two ways to describe the same position within a company. Fast forward to today and I have learned that these are actually two very different people with different skill sets, personality types, and roles within a company. I think Mark […] - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 18:23
.CLUB Takes The Lead As The #1 New Domain Extension On Go Daddy
As I’ve said before, .CLUB is one of my favorite new domain extensions for a number of reasons. With close to 2,000 new domain extensions coming out I haven’t held back on sharing my opinion that the vast majority of these will fail. Let’s be honest, some words lend themselves to extensions, others do not. […] - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 20:55
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Five reflections on turning 34
Yesterday was my 34rd Birthday and as many of you know I am a very reflective person, especially around Birthdays. Rather than writing an incredibly long post that nobody will get through I thought I would focus on five key reflections I’ve had looking back on the last 34 years. Hopefully one or two of […] - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:45
ADWeek: “When It Comes to Naming Your Startup, Simple Is Better”
Christopher Heine of AdWeek covered domain names and start ups in an article posted this evening. The focus was on start ups to keep their naming simple. It is a good article and worth your time to read it. The article does cover companies that went with the more “out there” name and still got […] - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 2:13
Weekend Musings + A Few Early Birthday Reflections
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. We are getting ready to head to Fredericksburg which is a beautiful area in Texas Hill Country a little over an hour outside of Austin. Along with being the local wine region (although I’m not a big fan of Texas wine, still a California guy) what […] - Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:56
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5 Things To Do On A Rainy Weekend In Austin
Having moved from Los Angeles to Austin almost a year ago I’ve learned that Austin isn’t all about scorching hot summers, but yes the summers are incredibly hot. For the last six-months (yes, half the year) it has been cold and rainy, and now we’ve graduated to a “warm and rainy” segment before the city ... - Friday, April 10, 2015 - 20:7
Is 85% A Realistic Renewal Rate For New gTLDs?
With the one-year mark hitting for a number of new gTLDs (new domain extensions) companies are trying to determine how to define their KPI around renewal rate. Donuts, the largest company in the new gTLD space and owner of the most gTLDs came out and said that they expected to see a renewal rate of […] - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 8:31

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