You can now include a dot in your name on Twitter
There was a time when you could include a dot in your name on Twitter which meant for accounts specific to a website you could use the website name directly. Then the rules changed and you could no longer include a dot which lead to some strange names like something(dot)com which just looks weird. Well […] - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 15:17
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Series A Saturday: FLEXE raises $14.5M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures
This week FLEXE announced a $14.5M Series A round led by Menlo Park-based Redpoint Ventures. If you haven’t heard of FLEXE don’t feel bad, you probably just haven’t been in need of warehouse space. Founded just three years ago, FLEXE helps find extra space in warehouses for companies looking for warehouse space. ... - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 12:46
How To Backup Your Data
One day you’re happily blogging away, and the next, your hosting provider suddenly shuts down your site. It’s imperative to prepare for any number of disasters such as this by proactively backing up your data. If you cherish the thousands of tweets you posted, the Facebook memories you’ve created, pictures you’ve taken, or even your ... - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 16:44
Uniregistry takes two-factor authentication to the next level
For those who know me well, you know that I’m a pretty paranoid guy and a bit of a security nut. One of the security provisions I think is an absolute must is two-factor authentication. Why is this so important? Let’s be honest, passwords get stolen all the time. Seriously, it happens constantly and you […] - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 9:32
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Do the right thing when you buy an expired domain that was accidentally dropped
Most of the domain names that I buy as investments are expired domain names. This is where I’ve made the bulk of my money flipping domains and I still buy expired domain names all the time. 99% of the time these are domains that nobody is using and they just let drop, and back onto the […] - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 21:42
3 types of people not to take fundraising advice from
When we were first starting Fashion Metric we found that just about everyone on the planet wanted to give us fundraising advice. I can still remember being at Cross Campus in Santa Monica after a VC talk and a guy came up to us, “if you guys want to land a VC like that, we […] - Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 13:14
Series A Saturday: Revolut raises $18.2M Series A
In 2015 the average size of a Series A round in the UK was $7.3M which makes the $18.2M A Round that Revolut just raised a real monster.  Like so many startups this didn’t happen overnight. Revolut raised two Seed Rounds, one in 2015 and a second earlier this year. The two Seed round approach vs. going […] - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 21:53
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So I downloaded Pokemon Go…and I like it
I found out a few months ago that technically I’m a millennial, although I am just barely which means that a lot of the things that were part of the normal millennial childhood didn’t really apply to me. This means that Pokemon doesn’t carry much nostalgic value for me, but to be honest the whole “Pokemon̶... - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 20:11
The Driverless Car World in 2050
There is an endless list of obstacles that self-driving vehicles have to overcome in order to completely saturate the automotive market. However, let’s look past those for now and gaze into the distant future, all the way into the year 2050. By this time, autonomous vehicles will presumably have worked out all the kinks, come […... - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 12:37
The Domain Startup Summit is coming to Santa Monica
In just over two weeks the first ever Domain Startup Summit will kick-off in the heart of Silicon Beach, Santa Monica. The conference combines two worlds that are so closely intertwined, domain names, the core of an online brand, and startups, the companies building the brands themselves.   So who came up with the idea for [R... - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:21
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If you want to buy a .IO domain for your startup – this is the one video you need to watch
When it comes to buying domain names, most startups learn the hard way that a nice one-word .COM is going to cost them a lot more than $15,000 – $20,000. In many cases that big juicy one-word domain name will be in the $150,000 – $200,000 range or higher. A few months ago sold […] - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 23:39
It’s official – password sharing on Hulu, Netflix, and HBO now a federal crime
In case you missed it, a federal court ruled this month that sharing passwords, like so many do on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO could be considered a federal crime. On 5 July, a three-judge panel from the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a dispute between the […] - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 0:46
Take Notes By Hand
Every time I hop on a video call or sit down in person to meet with someone, they’re always surprised when I pop out pen and paper to take notes. In this day in age, and being the technologically savvy person that I am, I’m always asked why. Writing helps ingrain information into our memory […] - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 21:54
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Seed investing activity drops over 40% in New York City
Primary Venture Partners released a report today on the state of the Seed Stage investment market in NYC for Q2 and the results show a noticeable slowdown in funding activity. According to the report, Q2 2016 was more than 40% below Q2 2015 in both dollars and deals. Now this all should be taken with […] - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 0:44
5 things you probably didn’t know about the 4th of July
Hello and happy 4th of July to all the readers in the United States, the Philippines, and Rwanda! As we get close to the nine-year anniversary of my blog it’s incredible to see how my readership has grown and spread across the globe. While over 50% of my readers come from the US, my […] - Monday, July 4, 2016 - 16:43
5 things startup founders should keep in mind before buying a domain name
Startups tend to buy domain names at two main points in their company history: When they are still in the early “MVP” stage When they pivot, get funding, or hit some other milestone I’ll explain a bit more about these two scenarios since the domain name you buy is highly related to the stage your startup is […... - Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 12:35
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Funniest Spam Mail
We receive spam mail every day, but most of us don’t read it, nor should we. It’s the bane of our digital existence. With that in mind, I decided to turn something we loathe receiving into something we love reading. I scoured the Internet in search of some of the funniest, work appropriate, spam messages. […] - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 19:49
Self-driving cars get one step closer to your driveway as Zoox raises $200M
I have a running bet with someone that I actually think I’m going to lose. The bet was that in five years we’ll be able to take a self driving car from his house to a restaurant. I told him that seems too soon, 8-10 years seems more realistic. Today Zoox raised $200M at a billion […] - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 23:57
My Oculus Rift has shipped…now I just need a computer to power it
For those who know me well, you know I’ve been a VR fanatic for a long time now. It all started when I read the book Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson, it opened my mind to the idea of a world where you can put on a pair of VR goggles and experience something completely different. As […] - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 23:4
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3 lessons I learned as an early team member at Sonos
When I joined Sonos back in 2004, the company was four years in, had spent millions of dollars, had close to 40 people…and still didn’t have a product out in the market. So why join a company with so much risk? The founders. Sometimes it really is just as simple as that. The Sonos founders had conviction […] - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 21:30

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