Events

Hack the Dot is coming to Seattle


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We’re heading to the Pacific Northwest to host a Hack the Dot hackathon with General Assembly at Impact Hub next week. On July 28, 2015, 80 or so people will come together in Seattle to unleash their magical coding abilities and get nerdy. This is the first Hack the Dot to be hosted outside of Colorado, and Seattle was a natural fit to expand to first. Seattle is a city fueled by tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, and is also home to our parent company Rightside. The people of Seattle are extremely motivated to build products with meaning, and it’s an upbeat and fun tech community.

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Exciting things we learned from our New Domain survey


We recently asked you delightful folks to participate in a survey to help us understand your thoughts on New Domains and how they’re being used. Thanks to you, we received thousands of responses that let us know what you really think about New Domains. (Thanks survey-takers—you’re the real MVPs!)

Because we’re huge nerds over here and think surveys are cool, we thought it was only fair to share what we learned. 

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Notes and thoughts from GopherCon 2015


GopherCon, the largest event in the world dedicated solely to the Go programming language, has been taking place in Denver this week. Name.com Software Engineer Pat Moroney checked in with a recap of the news and highlights from the conference, as well as some of his own thoughts. Take it away, P-Mo!

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We’re going to Yes and Yes Yes this week! #yxyy003


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We’re going to be gloriously nerdy (and probably overheated at times) at Yes and Yes Yes in Palm Springs from this Friday to Monday.

What is Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY)?
Yes and Yes Yes is a gathering of thinkers, futurist, nerds, and self-proclaimed weirdos. It’s a place for funky ideas to come to life, and fun information to be shared. At YxYY, creative people better understand what makes them so creative and further their pursuit of creativity by sharing the information that makes their minds tick in overdrive.

Yes and Yes Yes was created with the theory that “if you get a group of smart, engaged individuals together in the right place that great things would happen.” It’s a simple and intuitive idea, which is why name.com was so excited to sponsor and support the event...

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Here’s How to Raise Money for your Startup


It’s not very often that a tutorial comes along that tells you exactly how to raise money to build your dreams, but Ryan Angilly does just that with his story of Ramen and the Angel List. Ramen is Ramen.is, Angilly’s company that he was able to fund through AngelList.co. His presentation was a hit at Boulder Startup Week and we feel is an informative step-by-step to startup success.

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Bringing open data and smart people together for a better Colorado


If you like Colorado already, just wait until we turn over a cache of our open data to more than 160 smart people. It’s Go Code Colorado, and it’s a brilliant bunch of hackers working on behalf of the government to turn their statistical assets into a golden opportunity. In only its second year, over thirty teams are competing for one of three $25,000 contracts to make Colorado’s business, transportation, government and education function more efficiently. But they have to work for this prize. Go Code spans six weeks, five cities, and the kind of coding intensity that funds the caffeine industry. These are big issues, too, with beasts like Colorado’s traffic problems screeching for solutions. Can a springtime hackathon provide answers on how to be more responsive, intelligent and efficient? Not only is the state of Colorado banking on it, but so are the dozens of businesses who have contributed cash and product to make Go Code go.

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The Domain Awareness Tour Goes to Boulder


There’s no better way to get the word out than to impede someone’s progress on the sidewalk and yell at them about their choice of domain registrar. OK, it’s not that extreme (you’ll have to watch the video to find out,) but the Domain Awareness Tour is in Boulder, CO and sharing free domains with anyone who will listen. Everybody has been really nice because:

A) It’s Boulder.

B) Domains are the best marketing tool money can buy.

C) We plied all of the participants with their choice of a free .NINJA, .VIDEO or .SOCIAL domain names.

Also, it’s Boulder Startup Week...

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Boulder Startup Week Day 2 lesson: It’s all about building a community


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Going to events like Boulder Startup Week really reinforce the importance of supporting your local community to build your brand/product community. You simply can’t have a successful company if people don’t understand your brand value and mission. If people think all your company cares about is the bottom line, nobody will really care about you and you’re not creating a business poised for long-term success.

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Quick Left office chair scavenger hunt and our 2016 training plan


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About three weeks ago, we picked up an office chair from the office of Quick Left in Boulder. After many hours of @jaredewy drilling at and modifying our chair, the day came to race what has become known as the “office chairIOT” around the streets of Downtown Boulder. We put together a quick gallery of our adventuring around Boulder trying to hunt down clues and beat the other teams. Sadly, we didn’t win… but we immediately made our way to Tahona to eat some tacos and devise a training plan to win next year. Here’s a peek at how we’ll train on race week next year:

Race week training plan:
Monday: Run 26.3 miles (if we get the extra .1 mile in, it’s an ultra marathon, right?).
Tuesday: Study Boulder landmarks on Wikipedia for 14 hours.
Wednesday: Swim 3 miles, bike 109 miles, high five 35 strangers, run along the Cherry Creek path in Denver until we spot some geese.
Thursday: Track day! We’ll do 100 meters sprints, 100 times. We will jog the straights of the track and sprint the curves to improve our office chair handling skills.
Friday: Rest day. Drink an IPA or a margarita.
Saturday: Thumb wrestle for 6 hours. This will help our mental and physical agility.
Sunday: 11 hours of studying Boulder landmarks on Wikipedia and a deep tissue massage.

Now that we’ve shared our training plan for race week next year, here are some photos of our adventures from the 2015 QuickLeft office chair race/scavenger hunt:

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Boulder Startup Week and YOU (and us)


Name.com is a sponsor for Boulder Startup Week. The pressure is immense. This is no ordinary tech gathering. Boulder Startup Week is the annual culmination of so much energy and so many ideas that there are over 120 events to try and capture it all. And it’s in Boulder, which is becoming better known as Silicon Mountain. This is big. So big that it can be a bit overwhelming.

Here’s a quick guide of places where we’ll be (with free name.com domains, stickers, t-shirts and love.)

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4pm: The 3rd Annual Quickest Left Office Chair Race & Scavenger Hunt

Where: At the Quick Left office on 9th and Pearl.IMG_5458

What you should know: Name.com has entered a team and will be featuring an office chair-iot.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8am-9am: Boulder ...

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