Self-driving cars get one step closer to your driveway as Zoox raises $200M
I have a running bet with someone that I actually think I’m going to lose. The bet was that in five years we’ll be able to take a self driving car from his house to a restaurant. I told him that seems too soon, 8-10 years seems more realistic. Today Zoox raised $200M at a billion […] - 11 hr 22 min ago
My Oculus Rift has shipped…now I just need a computer to power it
For those who know me well, you know I’ve been a VR fanatic for a long time now. It all started when I read the book Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson, it opened my mind to the idea of a world where you can put on a pair of VR goggles and experience something completely different. As […] - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 23:4
3 lessons I learned as an early team member at Sonos
When I joined Sonos back in 2004, the company was four years in, had spent millions of dollars, had close to 40 people…and still didn’t have a product out in the market. So why join a company with so much risk? The founders. Sometimes it really is just as simple as that. The Sonos founders had conviction […] - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 21:30
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Let’s be honest, total domains registered is a vanity metric, not a KPI
In the startup world we talk a lot about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators, things that can tell you and other people how well you are doing. At the same time there are “Vanity Metrics” these are metrics that are much easier to make look good, but don’t actually tell anyone how your business is […] - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 18:51
Startup Words Wednesday: IPO
For some CEOs and startup founders an IPO is the holy grail, while others dread the day they’re forced into one. Why do some companies want to “go public” at any cost, while others wish to avoid it? I dedicate this Startup Words Wednesday to exploring the almighty IPO. Initial Public Offering “It is the […] - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 18:40
How the LinkedIn Acquisition Will Likely Impact Startups
Tomasz Tunguz, a VC from Redpoint wrote a great article about the impact that Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn is likely to have on startups. He highlights three main implications: Informs new M&A multiples Potentially transform the CRM landscape Remove LinkedIn as a buyer of other companies I think that points #1 and #3... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 0:26
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Happy Father’s Day
I wanted to take a moment to give a huge thank you to my Dad who is such an incredible inspiration and driving force in my life. This year I am very lucky to be back home in the Bay Area so we can spend Father’s Day together. Haven’t seen my Dad before? Here we are together […] - Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 17:21
Startup fundraising in 2016 – Silicon Valley and Austin decline while Boston and San Diego grow
Raising venture capital used to mean meeting with investors in Silicon Valley or New York City. Fast-forward to 2016 and other markets like Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Seattle and many more have emerged as very viable sources of capital for startup of all stages. While it’s no secret that 2016 is expected to be a rough […... - Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 19:10
Techstars announces startups in the Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator
Techstars, the top rated global startup accelerator announced the first class in their brand new Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target. Given how much technology is impacting the retail world it’s no surprise to see a retailer like Target that is famous for innovation to be one of the first to embrace a program like thi... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 20:57
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Protect Yourself from Password Leaks
“I changed my password everywhere to ‘incorrect.’ That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, ‘your password is incorrect.’” As funny as this is, people actually come up with equally ineffective passwords that are amongst the most used and easily guessed like “password”, “123456”, or “Star Wars.” To make matters worse, they use ... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 17:51
Scam Alert: Double Dove Corporation CEO email spoofing scam
A scammer just tried to get us to transfer $19,200 to a bank account under the name of Double Dove Corporation at Bank of America. They spoofed their email address which is and made it look like the email came from someone within our company. It’s a pretty sneaking scam and here’s how it [̷... - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 16:56 rebrands to
From one .tv to another –, a startup that raised $52,511 last July has pivoted their business and changed their name in the process. The original idea behind was to fund independent video creators and filmmakers in New York City. As we all know though, many successful startups don’t end-up doing what they in... - Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:18
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Where do you go to get a pulse on the Chinese domain market?
Let’s be honest, the domain name industry is now directly tied to Chinese domain buying and selling activity. When I first got started in the domain industry I looked at things like search volume and CPC and tried to put myself in the mind of a buyer that was looking for a domain name for their […] - Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 15:3
Preserving Online Content
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” -Peter Drucker Many of you are in some way, shape, or form, a content creator. If you think your content and labor can stand the test of time and should be passed down to future generations I strongly encourage you to save a […] - Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:45
The challenges of making money with Directory sites
Back in February of 2011 I wrote a blog post about how it’s hard for Domainers to make money with directory websites. The big mistakes I’ve seen many people make is to think that just putting a directory website on a domain name will suddenly inspire people to start paying for listings. The reality is, […] - Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 23:55
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Did you cut the cord? If so, what do you use now?
  Cutting the cord and watching all your tv and movies online used to be “cool” now it’s more normal than anything else. I personally have gone through a somewhat strange oscillation. I cut the cord years ago, and then about a year ago, I re-attached it for a somewhat silly reason but one that […] - Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 23:51
Don’t get scammed by or
Domain appraisal scams seem to still be going strong and one of the most recent ones comes from someone claiming to be Stephanie Meyer who represents an investor in Canada who wants to buy your domain name. In one version of the email I’ve seen her identify herself as a representative from Hostgator using the […] - Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 19:23
3 simple things you can do to get more inbound offers on your domain names
Over the years I have done a lot of testing to optimize the number of inbound offers I get on my domains. I’ll be the first to tell you that I definitely haven’t mastered it yet, I’m learning more every day, but I can tell you what has worked for me so far. Like most things […] - Friday, June 3, 2016 - 23:43
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What is the KPI for a new gTLD?
In the startup world we talk a lot about KPI’s, this stands for Key Performance Indicator. A KPI is a measurable value that can give someone (usually investors) an idea about how a company is doing. For a company like Facebook KPI’s are things like DAU’s or Daily Active Users, for a company like Uber a […] - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 20:27
Startup Words Wednesday: Funniest Terminology
“Wantrepreneurs can never be ramen profitable in this meatspace with their sitcom startup ideas and aggressive mediocrity.” If you laughed at this statement, then you’ll enjoy this week’s Startup Words Wednesday. Ramen Profitable “A company that is profitable enough to cover expenses of all the employees’ basic living requirements.” ... - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 20:16

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