The Average One-Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Austin is now More Expensive Than Los Angeles
The results are in for March and it’s official, renting a one-bedroom apartment in Downtown Austin is now more expensive than renting a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. The good news is these high rents don’t expand across all of Austin but there is no doubt that rising rents downtown will expand to the surrounding a... - Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:33
The Power Of The Pivot – Techstars Grad ClassPass sees $60M Run Rate – Acquires Biggest Competito...
Techstars grad ClassPass wasn’t originally called ClassPass, they were called Classivity and they started as a marketplace for people to find guitar classes, ballet classes, etc. The only problem was, nobody wanted to use their marketplace, in an 18-month period they had only 100 signups. This is the point where many people wou... - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 21:8
Driving Domain Buyers to Your Auction, Part I: Research
We’ve all sent domains to auction on various platforms and been disappointed with the result. Was it the domain? Was it the effort put in? Could anything else be done? Oh, the humanity! The answer is a resounding “yes” to all of the above. In this three-part series I’m going to spell out how to […] - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:0
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Oscar raises $145M but they will never own and that’s okay
We are living in a new world, a world where owning an exact-match .COM, while still incredibly relevant and valuable, is no longer a “must-have” for successful companies. From wildly successful startups like Vine ( and, to new ventures like (raised $30.8M so far) and, it is clear t... - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:29
Five Organizations Shaping Austin’s Startup Ecosystem
We have been in Austin for almost a year now. Initially we expected to be in Austin for three months, now we call it home (read more on Medium). While I can honestly say that Austin as a city has truly impressed me in more ways than I could have imagined, it is the startup […] - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 10:52
Weekend Musings
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I’ve decided to start these posts with a photo that I’ve taken since as many of you know, while not professionally trained (or very good IMO) I do take a lot of photos. The photo above was taken last weekend at Baron’s Creekside in Fredericksburg, our favorite ... - Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 16:54
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VP of Engineering vs. CTO – The Difference and Why It Matters
Rewind two years ago and I thought that a CTO and a VP Engineering were two ways to describe the same position within a company. Fast forward to today and I have learned that these are actually two very different people with different skill sets, personality types, and roles within a company. I think Mark […] - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 18:23
.CLUB Takes The Lead As The #1 New Domain Extension On Go Daddy
As I’ve said before, .CLUB is one of my favorite new domain extensions for a number of reasons. With close to 2,000 new domain extensions coming out I haven’t held back on sharing my opinion that the vast majority of these will fail. Let’s be honest, some words lend themselves to extensions, others do not. […] - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 20:55
Five reflections on turning 34
Yesterday was my 34rd Birthday and as many of you know I am a very reflective person, especially around Birthdays. Rather than writing an incredibly long post that nobody will get through I thought I would focus on five key reflections I’ve had looking back on the last 34 years. Hopefully one or two of […] - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:45
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ADWeek: “When It Comes to Naming Your Startup, Simple Is Better”
Christopher Heine of AdWeek covered domain names and start ups in an article posted this evening. The focus was on start ups to keep their naming simple. It is a good article and worth your time to read it. The article does cover companies that went with the more “out there” name and still got […] - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 2:13
Weekend Musings + A Few Early Birthday Reflections
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. We are getting ready to head to Fredericksburg which is a beautiful area in Texas Hill Country a little over an hour outside of Austin. Along with being the local wine region (although I’m not a big fan of Texas wine, still a California guy) what […] - Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:56
5 Things To Do On A Rainy Weekend In Austin
Having moved from Los Angeles to Austin almost a year ago I’ve learned that Austin isn’t all about scorching hot summers, but yes the summers are incredibly hot. For the last six-months (yes, half the year) it has been cold and rainy, and now we’ve graduated to a “warm and rainy” segment before the city ... - Friday, April 10, 2015 - 20:7
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Is 85% A Realistic Renewal Rate For New gTLDs?
With the one-year mark hitting for a number of new gTLDs (new domain extensions) companies are trying to determine how to define their KPI around renewal rate. Donuts, the largest company in the new gTLD space and owner of the most gTLDs came out and said that they expected to see a renewal rate of […] - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 8:31
Weekend Musings – It’s All About Balance
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. We’ve had a great weekend but I can honestly say I’m looking forward to Monday as we have an incredibly exciting week ahead at Fashion Metric. As I’ve mentioned before our core focus now is on interviewing and hiring new team members and working with some of [&... - Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 23:13
Want to learn Python? Here are 3 great places to get started (Updated for 2015)
I’ve been writing Python code  since the 90’s, so yes, that makes be pretty darn old. Back then I had to learn Python from a book because, well, this whole Internet thing hadn’t taken off yet so books were the norm. Fast forward to today and there are so many places to learn Python online […] - Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:17
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Building An App? Don’t Launch It During The Week
Techcrunch ran an interesting story today about the best time to launch or promote an app. While you might think promoting a new app mid-week might be your best bet, new data now shows that you’ll actually get the most bang for your buck over the weekend. “The company found that the best day to […] - Friday, April 3, 2015 - 16:20
Why I moved from Meerkat to Periscope
During SXSW this year Meerkat was all the rage, it was on fire and you couldn’t go to an event without seeing dozens of phones broadcasting live through the app. As Meerkat use grew like crazy there was a momentary gasp from users (and the founders) as Twitter had seemed to disable the auto-tweet feature. […] - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 9:41
How to get started with Sonos: An In-Depth Guide
So the time has finally come where just about every person I know either already has Sonos or knowns they want it. As an early employee at Sonos (and now a proud shareholder) most of my friends ask me, “What is the best way to get started with Sonos?” I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this […] - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:6
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Weekend Musings + Hiking in Austin
Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my Weekend Musings. I’ve had a few emails from readers over the last couple of months asking for more photos in my weekend musings posts so I’ll be doing my best to make these posts more visual going forward. The photo above is from a hike that we did […] - Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:32
Learn Python in a Weekend Building a Game and a Robot
I first learned Python in the late 90’s and I can honestly say it was love at first sight. While I spent most of my time in college doing low-level programming and making code run as fast as possible. Still I kept coming back to Python because I always found it was the best language to […] - Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:26
Why Facebook doesn’t care who bought
It’s 2015 and the world has changed. There might have been a time where brands felt that they needed to own ever .COM associated with everything they do but that ship has sailed, and it’s sailing away faster by the minute as new domain extensions like .CO, .CLUB, .GURU and many more take the spotlight. […] - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 21:52
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A few common misconceptions about Cython
I’m a big fan of Python, I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again. At the same time I’m also a big fan of code that runs fast, really fast, which is why I’m a fan of writing high-performance Python code. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Python Performance […] - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:55
Weekend Musings + An Exclusive Look Inside Sonos’ SXSW House
Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. It has been an incredibly busy week for us and even though SXSW is in town we’ve been heads-down working away. As I mentioned in my last weekend musing our major focus right now is scaling the team and it has been an incredibly interesting, exciting, and […] - Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 13:45
VC firm wants to give you $50k. All you’ve got to do is come up with their name
Pretty cool story on Fortune about a VC firm looking to give you $50,000 if you come up with the name of their firm. Now understand the $50,000 will be allotted as an investment in their new fund. From the article: Atlas has just launched a new website, in which you can suggest up to […] - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:56
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Find a Great Name in 2 Steps
“How do I find a domain name for my business?” As a domain investor, webmaster, entrepreneur or product manager, you’ve either heard, wondered or asked this question. Entrepreneurs often want to know the coolest tools available to help them with the naming challenge. They want a really cool name for their business, their products and... - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:54

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