How do you keep track of inbound offers on your domain names? Rewind five years ago and I got about one inbound offer a month, now I get 200+ offers a month and the good old Google Sheet became a less-than-efficient way to keep track of inbounds. I would say that for every 100 offers I get, one is from a qualified buyer that actually wants to buy a […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 19:43
Startup Words Wednesday: Pre-money Valuations, Unicorns, Acqui-hire… In this week’s Startup Words Wednesday we’re diving right in: unicorns, pre-money valuations, and acqui-hire. Spoiler: “Acqui-hire” isn’t Aquaman’s sidekick and “Unicorns” isn’t the name of Pixar’s next tentpole movie. Pre-Money Valuations “The valuation placed on a company in a venture capital transaction, not including the amount ...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 20:10
A few reflections on turning 35 Well time sure does fly – it feels like I was celebrating my 25th birthday just a couple of years ago. Now I’m 35 and I thought I’d share some reflections that I can look back on ten years from now. Over the last ten years I’ve gone from an early employee at a startup to a startup […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 17:14
808 comments later – my “most-commented” post of all time I wrote a post about a domain name appraisal scam that was stealing money from domain owners back in March of 2012. I just ran the numbers, it is now the post with the most comments in the history of this blog which dates back to October of 2007. This is a scam that has […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 19:26
CheapDomains.com launches “startup-friendly” Domain Marketplace The two most common complaints I hear from startup founders trying to buy domain names is usually either: The owner won’t respond to me The owner wants a ridiculously high price A new domain marketplace, CheapDomains.com is looking to change that with a “startup-friendly” marketplace where people are responsive, pri...
MorganLinton.com - Monday, April 11, 2016 - 9:55
How one guy got his name on Twitter for $250 It’s a question I hear all the time, and one in which I’ve never really had a good answer for. It usually goes something like this, “hey Morgan, since you know the in’s and out’s of acquiring a domain name can you help me get a Twitter handle?” My answer to this question has always been, […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 23:55
5 Fascinating Company Name Changes When you see the words “Sound of Music” do you think of the Von Trapp family musical or a chain of consumer electronic stores? In 1981, the most profitable “Sound of Music” store was hit by a catastrophic tornado. Luckily, the storeroom was left intact and the founder decided to quickly throw a large sale […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 20:7
I’m getting a lot of domain offers likes these lately on my 4L .COMs Lately I’ve been seeing an increase in offers on my 4L .COMs, in Q4 it felt like most of the interest was coming from China, now it seems to be split 50/50 with North America. I’ve seen the offer velocity increase (i.e. more offers coming in this month than last month) but prices decrease. Here’s an email […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 0:20
Two word .COM vs. One word .ANYTHING – which is better? Here’s a question that I’m seeing come up more and more – should you go with your ideal one-word name and choose a non .COM, or should you enter the two-word market where there are tons of options and lower prices? Of course there’s no right or wrong here, but as usual, I’ll share my opinion […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 23:29
Recommended Reading for Startup Founders, Part II In Recommended Reading for Founders Part I I covered leadership and strategy. This time I’m providing reading recommendations for how to secure funding for your startup, the possibilities for an exit, and making your day-to-day activities easier. Day-to-Day Part of being a business owner is handling day-to-day tasks. More often than ...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 15:10
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 22:19
What is the best domain extension for a mobile app? I was recently talking to a startup founder here in Austin who asked me, “next to .COM, what do you think is the best domain extension for an app?” Most people want the .COM that matches their domain but sometimes this doesn’t align with their budget. Let’s be honest, .COM’s are the most expensive domain...
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 21:44
Recommended Reading for Startup Founders, Part I I frequently receive requests for recommendations on quality reading material for startup founders. Over the years I’ve put together a list of books with useful advice for entrepreneurs. While it is by no means an entirely comprehensive list, they all contain important perspectives and experience. Of course you can operate a business...
.CC Is In The News, but is it worth investing in? A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away I bought one .CC domain, Genome.cc. Yes, for some reason this is what came to mind at the time when I bought the domain. Since then I’ve mostly steered clear of the .CC market. Now, with the uptick in buying activity from China and a verified […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 21:53
Breaking: Sahar announces DomainingAMA Sahar Sarid is someone on a very short list of people that I could say has without a doubt changed my life. It was Sahar’s blog (then called conceptualist.com) that was what first sparked my interest in domain investing back in 2007. Then, three years later I had the chance to meet Sahar at TRAFFIC 2010 […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 11:55
I don’t really get 6N .COMs There have been a slew of high-priced 6N .COM sales over the last couple of quarters and I’ll be honest, I don’t really get it. Yes, I understand the value of numeric domains, and sure I agree a meaningful 3N and 4N .COM makes a lot of sense, and some 5N .COMs, but I do […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 21:19
Important Sales Tactics and Stats for Startups According to Hubspot, 44% of salespeople give up after one follow-up, but 80% of sales require five. Green salespeople, unaware of what separates them from the veteran sales team can be detrimental for a startup’s bottom line over the long haul. Selling is a company’s lifeblood, and some novice sellers are never learning what’s requi...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 14:5
Antelope.club raises $926,651 on Indiegogo for Muscle Activating Smartsuit Antelope.club, a new startup that is making a muscle activating smartsuit has raised just shy of $1M on crowdfunding site Indeogogo. It might sound like something from Back to the Future but it’s real and like the name says it is exactly what it sounds like, smart clothing. ANTELOPE is the result of our tremendous passion [R...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 20:53
Is now the best time to buy or sell LLLL.com’s? Here’s the million dollar question, okay for most it’s the tens of thousand dollar question but let’s get a bit more dramatic to keep things exciting. It’s no secret that buyers in China were buying LLLL .com domain names last year at a stronger clip than ever before. Then 2016 came and now there is […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 19:18
Startup Words Wednesday: Bridge Loan, Runway, Growth Hacker… “How much runway do we have left before we need a bridge loan? Our burn rate is out of control. Maybe it’s the lack of conversions from the pricey growth hacking techniques.” If you operate or work for a startup and this seemed like a bunch of balderdash, you’re in for a rude awakening. Startup […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 15:50