Weekend musings + initial reflections on SaaStr Annual 2016 Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. We had an incredibly busy week last week that started in LA on Monday and San Francisco Tuesday through Friday. We’re back in Austin for the weekend then out to NYC on Monday, yes – there’s never a dull moment! We were in San Francisco for meetings […]
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7 Worst Social Media Mistakes Are your tweets saturated with hashtags and @ mentions? Have you ever purchased from someone that was pushing their product unabashedly with grammatical errors and typos on Facebook? These are just a couple examples of the worst social media mistakes that startups make. I don’t have to sell you on the importance of social media marke...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:9
Will 4L .COMs be more or less valuable a year from now? One of the biggest question that I’ve been asked by blog readers over the past month is, “will 4L .COMs drop in value over the next year?” Two months ago 4L .COM sales were going through the roof, then in January at NamesCon I heard people say the word “bubble” over and over, and I […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 18:27
One in seven people on the planet use WhatsApp If you live in the United States you likely use Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, maybe even something like Voxer but it’s unlikely that you use WhatsApp. Yes, WhatsApp, the company that Facebook acquired for a whopping $19B now has over one billion monthly active users (Source – Forbes). This is even more than Facebook’...
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:39
.XYZ and .HOSTING In Top 10 Reported Domain Sales From Last Week I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – change is coming to the domain industry. Call it a fad, call it a bubble, but I think the reality is new gTLDs will be taking a bigger and bigger chunk of the domain sales board. I’m fairly certain this is the first week in history that […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 22:44
Check your phone – Uber has a new logo You might wonder what that strange looking app is on your iPhone homescreen, it’s in a prime location but you don’t remember putting it there. Yes, it’s the new Uber logo (which is no longer a prominent “u”) and it’s now a…well…it looks like a circle with a square in it, and there’...
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 23:6
Required reading for founders – How to Fix Startup Board Meetings Jon Callaghan, a VC with True Ventures in Palo Alto wrote one of the best articles I’ve ever read about how to make board meetings more effective. Let’s be honest, done right board meetings can be incredibly helpful and valuable for both founders and investors. Done wrong and founders can spend hours reading slides with l...
MorganLinton.com - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 23:33
.CO Hits 2M Domains Under Management, Here’s How They Did It Last week the .CO team announced a major milestone, they now have over 2 million domain names under management. The incredible thing about this number is that they did this all in the span of less than six years. I can still remember sitting with Juan and Lori in 2010 in Las Vegas, we were […]
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 21:26
Hilarious domain offer from PremiumDomains.net I got an absolutely hilarious domain offer from a company called PremiumDomains.net, they made an offer on a 4L .COM that I own, NGMT.com. Here’s the email they sent me which was just too funny not to share with the rest of you: Hello, According to current market prices at domain auction websites, your domain which is […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:10
These 3 Companies Set a New Standard for Domain Registrar Apps Let’s be honest, every year that goes by you do more on your smartphone than the previous year. It all started with email, now my phone is my regular camera, it’s how I call a taxi Uber, heck I even do my grocery shopping on my phone (thanks Instacart!). So it should come as no surprise that domain […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 19:45
How much does it cost to be the default search engine on iOS? Have you ever wondered how much it costs to be the default search engine on iOS? Well the answer is now public, and the number is one billion dollars. This information just came to light through information exposed via an ongoing legal battle between Google and Oracle. Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according [R...
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 23:35
5 Must-read Articles for SaaS Startup Founders As the co-founder of a SaaS startup I read just about anything I can get my hands on that has to do with SaaS. Blogs like SaaStr have become a part of my daily routine and I am slowly but surely building up a list of articles that have given me a certain nugget of information or […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 23:7
6 Key Takeaways From The NamesCon Domain Auction Last week’s NamesCon auction was one of the most highly anticipated domain auction events in years and it didn’t disappoint. The biggest comment I heard across-the-board about the auction was, “it’s a very well curated list of names” which was no small task given all the names that had been submitted. Th...
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 14:28
Why Netflix and Hulu are so important for Oculus I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, 2016 is the year that virtual reality will start to really make waves amongst the general public. Here’s the catch though, gaming won’t cut it. Right now when people think of a VR experience they think of a video game, which segments the market to not […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 20:36
NamesCon 2016 Live Auction List Released – Here Are The Names The list for the NamesCon live auction was just released, see below for the names that made the cut: DOMAIN LOT NUMBER funtimes.com 10 lasvegas.online 20 multilevel.com 30 nannycams.com 40 98.tv 50 i.link 60 strip.club 70 viral.video 80 qgi.com 90 externaldrives.com 100 southamerica.com 110 glowsticks.com 120 380.com 130 e.flowers 1...
MorganLinton.com - Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 19:37
My predictions for the NamesCon 2016 Domain Auction This Monday one of the biggest domain auctions in history is taking place in Las Vegas as part of the annual NamesCon domain conference. They have just shy of $7M in pre-bids and as we all know, in auctions, things always go higher so this is as low as it’s going to get. There are […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 17:40
What does Apple buying car-related domain names tell us? Like a virtual wave making its way across the Internet news broke today that Apple bought a number of car-related domain names like Apple.cars and Apple.autos. We’ve known for a while now that Apple is working on their own car but these registration sparked rumors that we could be approaching a time where Apple jumps […]
MorganLinton.com - Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 0:23
Original Founders buy Salary.com back from IBM It’s not something you hear often, but it makes you smile every time you do. A company, that was acquired for $80M in 2010, then sold to IBM is back in the founder’s hands five years later. The icing on the cake is that the founders are also in the process of bringing back the […]
MorganLinton.com - Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 23:55
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 21:10
Countdown to NamesCon 2016: Part 1 – History of the Tropicana Hotel NamesCon has been held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, a hotel with history dating back to 1955, eleven years before Caesars Palace opened. It looked something like this: The original mind behind the Tropicana was Ben Jaffe, an executive at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach who bought the land where the Tropicana […]
MorganLinton.com - Monday, January 4, 2016 - 21:19