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How Donuts Became The World’s Largest Registry Overnight
FastCo Labs is out with an article today about Donuts and how they became the world’s largest registry overnight. I think the author forgot about Verisign who has many more domains under its wing than Donuts. In the article Daniel Schindler one of the co-founders discussed things like specificity and how they thought long and [... - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:3
A Few Reasons Why The Austin Startup Scene Is Something Special
We have now been living in Austin for about a month and a half and thanks to Techstars and the incredible network Jason and the team has built we’ve had a chance to meet upwards of 80 people involved in the Austin startup scene from VC’s to Angel Investors, founders that just had a big […] - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 21:33
What is the “right” registration price for a new domain name extension?
Now that we are well on our way into the new gTLD process I thought it would be a good time to poll the domain community on what pricing seems to be working and what isn’t. Without a doubt it is clear that the registration price of a domain name directly impacts the growth of […] - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:47
Are you a “Startup Guy”? If so Banana Republic has your style…or does it?
This is one of those things you really do have to see to believe and yes, it pretty much solidifies the depth at which startup culture has in some ways gone mainstream. Banana Republic recently announced a new style for the summer, and the name of the style is – “The Startup Guy” I still […] - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 19:38
Early Stage vs. Seed Stage
A good question came-up at Techstars yesterday during a VC meeting prep session that I thought would be good to share with all of you. I know that many of my blog readers are fairly new to the fundraising game so I’m sure this is a question that many of you also might have. Just to give some quick […] - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:3
WordPress Wednesday: WordPress 4.0 Is Coming
Last week WordPress announced that version 4.0 of their platform is coming, and for those who want to give it a shot before the rest, the beta is now ready to rock. While I’m typically the type of guy who likes to dive in and try new software versions I tend to hold-off on testing […] - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 22:41
Why Most Startups Haven’t Heard Of “The New gTLDs”
Lately I’ve been thinking that there is a growing disconnect between the domain world and the startup world. A lot of this has come to me over the last year and a half as I’ve moved from the domain industry to the startup space myself. Now that I’m in Techstars I am surrounded by other […] - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:0
With 39% of retail mobile sites losing sales, maybe there is a case for .mobi
Way back when .Mobi was the flavor of the month and the only .whatever in town, some pointed out that the extension was not needed because many websites just use a redirect. The logic held true and for the most part many sites just used a redirect which kind of made the need […] - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 20:53
Morgan’s Style Sundays – How To “Properly” Clean A Dress Shirt
As many of you know I am the co-founder of Fashion Metric, a SaaS startup in the apparel eCommerce space. I have also been pretty intensely interested in fashion since I was around 15 and now that my full-time job intersects directly with the fashion world I have been getting even more involved in all […] - Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 14:13
Weekend Musings
Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. This week has been incredibly busy with the first half of the week jam-packed with meetings in Austin and the second half also jam-packed with meetings but this time up in Dallas. We have been attending the J Hilburn conference over the last three days, if you […] - Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 15:5
Flippa Friday:,,
Hello Happy Friday and welcome to another Flippa Friday here on! This is quickly becoming one of the most-read weekly series I’ve ever run on my blog so thanks to everyone who has been reading, commenting, and sharing. Lots of great names this week so let’s get to it. – super solid on... - Friday, July 11, 2014 - 19:9
With New gTLDs It’s All About Who Builds On Them and .CLUB Looks To Be Leading The Pack
I’ve made my stance on new gTLDs clear about ten times now but as a blogger who talks about domains it can’t hurt to say it again. I do not see new gTLDs as great investments for domain investors, I do see them as great homes for incredible startups and small businesses all over the […] - Friday, July 11, 2014 - 18:27
Like Python? Learn Flask
So I think by now you realize that I’m a bit of a Python geek, and yes, I’m getting geekier by the day. One of the latest crazes in the Python world and with good reason is Flask. No I’m not talking about the flask you drink out of, and I’m excited to say that […] - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:3
The American Council on Education successful in URS regarding GED.XYZ
          The American Council on Education just won a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) on the the domain name The domain name was owned by Information Services Inc. Decision: American Council on Education et al. v. Information Services Inc Claim Number: FA1406001565698 DOMAIN NAME <> PARTIES... - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 21:39
Morgan’s Morning Reads – How To Write Better Python Code, Duetto Raises $21M, ICANN Heads To Morocco
While I’m not usually a “routine” kind of guy, I do have a morning routine that has stayed the same for the last few years. Every morning I spend the first 10-15 minutes on Twitter reading the news. I used to read the news in the morning by navigating from website to website, now I […] - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:40
It’s Official – .CO.COM Is Here!
The Miami Heat assembled their dream team a few years ago and now the domain industry has assembled theirs. Paul Goldstone, Ken Hansen and Gregg McNair, three of the most well-known domain industry veterans have joined forces and today is their day, .CO.COM has arrived. According to the .CO.COM team: is getting the greatest [... - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:24
I write code every single day, some I’m going to start writing about coding on my blog
So it’s about darn time to let all of the geeky coding stuff that I am doing loose on my blog. Right now over 50% of my audience is totally crazy about domains, which is awesome because I am too, but I’m also coding like crazy now and this is so it wouldn’t make any […] - Monday, July 7, 2014 - 23:56
Techstars Alumni, Raises $11.3M To Make Custom Analytics A Whole Lot Easier
Last week was a big one for Techstars alum, a custom analytics platform that raised a whopping $11.3M led by Sequoia Capital. So what are custom analytics? Think of it as a way for developers to act as scientists measuring very specific things over time. In the startup world you’re often asked what your KPI’s are,... - Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:51
Weekend Musings + The Best Thai Basil Chicken in Austin
Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. As I’ve said probably about 100 times now, I absolutely love Austin, from great music, to great food, amazing people and a startup scene that is growing like crazy, I’m really feeling like this is home.  The photo above is from 2nd street which is a […] - Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 13:24
One Article Every Startup Founder Should Read This Week
Leaving your day job and running a startup full time comes with a whole new set of responsibilities that you might not have thought of. From hiring your first employees, setting up payroll, firing your first employee (no they all aren’t going to work out) to writing regular investor updates there are a lot of new […] - Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 18:55

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