Welcome to 2015 – 345.com sells for $800,000 What a way to start the year. Today DNJournal.com announced that 345.com sold for $800,000 by Domain Name veteran Michael Berkens (MostWantedDomains.com). Numeric domain names have been heating-up over the last couple of years and this sale shows how alive and well these premium names still are. Short memorable .COMs have been hot fo...
MorganLinton.com - Monday, January 5, 2015 - 23:59
Help pick a new logo for MorganLinton.com Hello and happy Sunday! I am currently running a design contest on 99Designs for a new logo for MorganLinton.com. It’s a new year and I thought it was time for a little refresh for my logo. I’ve had 50+ designs submitted so far and the five concepts listed below are my current favorites. Since my […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 19:48
5 Reflections On 2014 Well it’s official, 2014 is behind us and I now get the joy of writing the date wrong for the first month while I adapt to the fact that it’s 2015. Last year was without a doubt one of the most incredible years of our lives and as many of you know I tend to […]
MorganLinton.com - Friday, January 2, 2015 - 10:26
Flask Cloud Hosting Showdown – Part 1: Meet The Contenders We have recently been going through some testing of different hosting options for Flask. If you don’t know what Flask is then this is probably going to be a pretty boring article so you might want to hit the back button. If you do know what Flask is and you want to find the best […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 18:15
3 Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Expired Domain Names I was recently talking to another startup founder who is looking at renaming their company. He discovered the world of expired domains and just started buying, and buying, and continued until he had about 20 names. His idea was simple, pick one out of the 20 to brand around and then sell the other 19 […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, December 29, 2014 - 10:30
If you want to learn about Chinese domain names, you need to be at NamesCon It should be no secret that the Chinese domain name market is growing, and fast. While investors from China have already been putting tons of money into buying premium .COMs there’s two new domain extensions that are likely to become the top investment-grade domain extensions in China, I’m talking about .在线 and .中文网 (.Chi...
MorganLinton.com - Friday, December 26, 2014 - 11:53
Merry Christmas and Hello from Texas Wine Country Hello, Merry Christmas, and hello from Texas wine country! Yes, Texas does have a wine country, and yes, as you’re expecting the wine is not spectacular. We’re not here for the wine, we’re here to get away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives to enjoy the holidays, cook, walk, listen to music […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 16:35
A Holiday Hit For Techstars – Ginger.io Raises $20M Series B Not a bad early Christmas present for the team over at Ginger.io who announced yesterday that they closed a $20M Series B and added a new board member from Kaiser Permanente Ventures. If you haven’t heard about Ginger, they are a health analytics startup that is using big data to disrupt the healthcare space. Ginger went throug...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 14:46
How do you measure the success of a new domain extension? Today TheDomains.com announced that .XYZ is the first new domain name extension to break the 750,000 registrations barrier. It’s not secret that the domain community wasn’t a fan of the Network Solutions giveaway but looking at the numbers now it’s clear that this growth is from something else, it’s spreading,...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 21:4
A Match Made In Heaven – TLDRegistry Partners With Right Of The Dot When it comes to the domain industry there are industry players, and there are legends. In my mind Right Of The Dot gets legendary status given that it’s run by two of the biggest names in the domain industry, Monte Cahn and Michael Berkens. If you’ve been following the news lately you also know that […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:9
Donuts is on a roll – nabs .NEWS and .CASINO Well it’s a good day to be Donuts, the domain extension giant just locked down two monster new domain extensions – .NEWS and .CASINO. These were not easy domain extensions to get and Donuts had to outbid Amazon for .NEWS which I think could be one of the hottest new extensions once it comes out. The […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 21:49
MorganLinton.com Turns Seven Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. Today I realized that I missed the seven year anniversary of my blog which took place in October. My very first blog post was on October 18th, 2007 and was titled My First .mobi Flip and represented the beginning of a lot of hard lessons. I quickly learned […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 21:21
My Top 3 Domain Extensions For This Week – .PARIS, .DELIVERY, and .ENERGY It’s actually pretty darn cool that we live in a world where I can actually pick three new domain extensions every single week, and they keep coming! While not all of the extensions I’ve picked hit general availability this week they still have important things happening with them that I think are important for people [...
MorganLinton.com - Monday, December 1, 2014 - 18:37
3 Great Sites For Learning How To Build iOS Apps (Updated for 2015) As many of you know I’m a bit of a programming language geek. For a long time (or at least long for me) I’ve been interested in understanding which programming languages (and dev stacks) are the best for a specific application. In college I spent a lot of time in the world of C and […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 23:39
Even TechCrunch Doesn’t Know The Difference Between A TLD and a Subdomain I have talked about this a number of times before but today it was illustrated in a major way. Consumers and the mainstream media still have absolutely no idea what a TLD is. Today TechCrunch, one of the top tech publications in the world wrote an article about Google.co.uk and yes, they think that .co.uk is a […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 19:53
Morgan’s Top 3 Domain Extensions Launching This Week Another exciting week of new domain extensions is upon us and this week six new extensions are going live five of which are from Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry. One of the new extensions .CLICK is also breaking new ground as Uniregistry has decided not to push premium pricing on all but 100 domains which means that […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:2
My Three Favorite Startup Founder Blogs Early this week I did a post about my three favorite VC blogs, so I thought it would only make sense to talk about the other side of the table and share my three favorite startup founder blogs. As a startup founder myself who also blogs I have a ton of respect for founders who take […]
MorganLinton.com - Friday, November 21, 2014 - 10:37
Reflections on moving our startup from Los Angeles to Austin In May we got some very exciting news, we had been accepted into Techstars Austin. Given that Techstars has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard we were incredibly honored, packed our bags, and headed to Austin for the three month program. Our plan, like most companies going through the program was to return to Los Angeles […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:47
My 3 Favorite VC Blogs Over the last five years more and more Venture Capitalists have given entrepreneurs a window into their world through their own personal blogs. I’m pretty sure Fred Wilson takes the cake for starting this trend and now it’s easier than ever to know what a certain VC thinks about a topic because there’s a good chance...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:22
TLD Registry Takes Home The Gold In China You’ve probably seen TLD Registry in the news a lot lately and that’s because they have been making news all over the world as they make waves in the Chinese domain market. Given that 20% of the world is Chinese they are hitting a massive market and they just took home the Best Marketing Award […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 20:51
Morgan’s Flippa Five: Rides.com, Hacked.com, Direction.com Hello, happy Friday and welcome to my Flippa Five. I have to say that this week Flippa has some of the best domains they’ve had all year so it was tough to narrow it down to just five. That being said I do think there are some truly exceptional names in my Flippa Five this […]
MorganLinton.com - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:7
Did Nintendo make a huge branding mistake with the Wii U? I will be the first to admit that I am a long-time Nintendo fan. I can still remember getting the original Nintendo for Christmas when I was a kid (yes, I’m old) and from my first game of Super Mario Bros I was sold. At that time Nintendo had literally resurrected gaming console market and […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 1:45
Morgan’s Top 3 Domain Extensions For The Week Of Nov 10th So new domain name extensions are launching every week and with so many coming to market I thought it was about time to do a weekly feature of my top picks. Before I go any further let me be really clear about what I am picking these for. I am not picking these domain extensions […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 21:7
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 13:6
One app everyone should be using I recently discovered an app that I’ve found just about every one of my friends uses and I understand why. It’s called f.lux and it does something that will actually change your life in a small but meaningful way. To understand what f.lux does I want you to first pay attention to your computer screen […]
MorganLinton.com - Friday, November 7, 2014 - 22:4