Popular Podcasts and Audiobooks Entrepreneurs simply do not have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything they want to. With all the immediate demands that come with maintaining and growing a business, there is usually precious little time left for longer term personal pursuits. A great example of this is continued learning and self-education. Some of us ar...
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3 Tools Every SaaS Founder Should Know About As the co-founder of a SaaS startup I am incredibly busy just about every minute of every day. It’s easy to get in “do mode” where you are highly tactical, focused on getting things done that need to be done. While this is a great mode to be in, as founders we have to keep […]
MorganLinton.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:5
Have your next Slack conversation in Virtual Reality We’ve been using Slack for over a year now, compared to things like Skype or Google Chat like we’ve used in the past there’s no comparison. It’s designed for businesses that need to communicate and keep things organized beyond simple direct messaging. And now you can pull everyone into a VR meeting thanks to A...
Startup Words Wednesday: Analysis Paralysis In this week’s Startup Words Wednesday I’m going to address a phenomenon I frequently see demolishing brick-and-mortar businesses and startups: analysis paralysis. Entrepreneurs, data scientists, domain investors and other key decision makers often want 100% of the information before making a decision. It’s a very rare occasion when ...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 23:57
From $2 to $6,800 with 尼康.世界 If you can’t read the domain name above, you’re not alone. That’s because in Chinese it means Nikon.world, it’s an IDN and the owner made over 300,000% with this deal. The buyer is Nikon according to the WHOIS record: Now I’m not saying to rush out and buy every 世界 domain you can find. Instead I […...
MorganLinton.com - Monday, April 25, 2016 - 21:40
Native Apps vs Mobile Web Debate Rages On There has been a long standing battle for dominance between the mobile web and mobile applications. Domain investors heatedly debate the issue because we believe it’s a key performance indicator in domain name usage. Two years ago Morgan wrote a post about smartphone users spending only 20% of their phone usage on the mobile web. [...
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:23
Using HubSpot to identify potential domain buyers I recently discovered a feature in HubSpot which many of you might already know, but it’s new to me so I’m assuming it will be new to some of my readers as well. First I’ll back-up and tell you what HubSpot is for those that are completely new to it. HubSpot is a suite of tools to […]
MorganLinton.com - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 0:8
Squarespace gets into the domain registrar game Popular website building platform Squarespace.com announced that starting today you can buy domain names directly through the service. Initially the company will be offering over 200 TLDs and it’s likely that number will grow over time. “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Squarespace Domains, the newest way for anyo...
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, […]
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