Startup Words Wednesday: IPO
For some CEOs and startup founders an IPO is the holy grail, while others dread the day they’re forced into one. Why do some companies want to “go public” at any cost, while others wish to avoid it? I dedicate this Startup Words Wednesday to exploring the almighty IPO. Initial Public Offering “It is the […] - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 18:40
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How the LinkedIn Acquisition Will Likely Impact Startups
Tomasz Tunguz, a VC from Redpoint wrote a great article about the impact that Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn is likely to have on startups. He highlights three main implications: Informs new M&A multiples Potentially transform the CRM landscape Remove LinkedIn as a buyer of other companies I think that points #1 and #3... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 0:26
Happy Father’s Day
I wanted to take a moment to give a huge thank you to my Dad who is such an incredible inspiration and driving force in my life. This year I am very lucky to be back home in the Bay Area so we can spend Father’s Day together. Haven’t seen my Dad before? Here we are together […] - Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 17:21
Startup fundraising in 2016 – Silicon Valley and Austin decline while Boston and San Diego grow
Raising venture capital used to mean meeting with investors in Silicon Valley or New York City. Fast-forward to 2016 and other markets like Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Seattle and many more have emerged as very viable sources of capital for startup of all stages. While it’s no secret that 2016 is expected to be a rough […... - Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 19:10
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Techstars announces startups in the Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator
Techstars, the top rated global startup accelerator announced the first class in their brand new Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target. Given how much technology is impacting the retail world it’s no surprise to see a retailer like Target that is famous for innovation to be one of the first to embrace a program like thi... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 20:57
Protect Yourself from Password Leaks
“I changed my password everywhere to ‘incorrect.’ That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, ‘your password is incorrect.’” As funny as this is, people actually come up with equally ineffective passwords that are amongst the most used and easily guessed like “password”, “123456”, or “Star Wars.” To make matters worse, they use ... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 17:51
Scam Alert: Double Dove Corporation CEO email spoofing scam
A scammer just tried to get us to transfer $19,200 to a bank account under the name of Double Dove Corporation at Bank of America. They spoofed their email address which is and made it look like the email came from someone within our company. It’s a pretty sneaking scam and here’s how it [̷... - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 16:56
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From one .tv to another –, a startup that raised $52,511 last July has pivoted their business and changed their name in the process. The original idea behind was to fund independent video creators and filmmakers in New York City. As we all know though, many successful startups don’t end-up doing what they in... - Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:18
Where do you go to get a pulse on the Chinese domain market?
Let’s be honest, the domain name industry is now directly tied to Chinese domain buying and selling activity. When I first got started in the domain industry I looked at things like search volume and CPC and tried to put myself in the mind of a buyer that was looking for a domain name for their […] - Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 15:3
Preserving Online Content
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” -Peter Drucker Many of you are in some way, shape, or form, a content creator. If you think your content and labor can stand the test of time and should be passed down to future generations I strongly encourage you to save a […] - Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:45
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The challenges of making money with Directory sites
Back in February of 2011 I wrote a blog post about how it’s hard for Domainers to make money with directory websites. The big mistakes I’ve seen many people make is to think that just putting a directory website on a domain name will suddenly inspire people to start paying for listings. The reality is, […] - Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 23:55
Did you cut the cord? If so, what do you use now?
  Cutting the cord and watching all your tv and movies online used to be “cool” now it’s more normal than anything else. I personally have gone through a somewhat strange oscillation. I cut the cord years ago, and then about a year ago, I re-attached it for a somewhat silly reason but one that […] - Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 23:51
Don’t get scammed by or
Domain appraisal scams seem to still be going strong and one of the most recent ones comes from someone claiming to be Stephanie Meyer who represents an investor in Canada who wants to buy your domain name. In one version of the email I’ve seen her identify herself as a representative from Hostgator using the […] - Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 19:23
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3 simple things you can do to get more inbound offers on your domain names
Over the years I have done a lot of testing to optimize the number of inbound offers I get on my domains. I’ll be the first to tell you that I definitely haven’t mastered it yet, I’m learning more every day, but I can tell you what has worked for me so far. Like most things […] - Friday, June 3, 2016 - 23:43
What is the KPI for a new gTLD?
In the startup world we talk a lot about KPI’s, this stands for Key Performance Indicator. A KPI is a measurable value that can give someone (usually investors) an idea about how a company is doing. For a company like Facebook KPI’s are things like DAU’s or Daily Active Users, for a company like Uber a […] - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 20:27
Startup Words Wednesday: Funniest Terminology
“Wantrepreneurs can never be ramen profitable in this meatspace with their sitcom startup ideas and aggressive mediocrity.” If you laughed at this statement, then you’ll enjoy this week’s Startup Words Wednesday. Ramen Profitable “A company that is profitable enough to cover expenses of all the employees’ basic living requirements.” ... - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 20:16
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You can now register a .XYZ domain name for a penny
You can now buy a .XYZ domain name for a penny, which means that $1 gets you 100 .XYZ domains. With domains like selling for $70,000 this might seem like the deal of the century. I see pros and cons to this move, in one way it helps get .XYZ out there and add […] - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 18:10
Got a letter from iDNS? Don’t be fooled
It’s sad to see this is still happening, but it is. Companies are still preying on new domain name owners who have no idea that renewing a .COM domain name actually costs around $10 at most registrars. Companies like iDNS (Internet Domain Names Services) have been sending these official-looking letters for over a decade now and... - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 21:4
A Period of Profound Scientific Change
Findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that “The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage.” I submit that we’re already seeing these inventions in our daily lives, most of... - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 14:52
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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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