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.
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.
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.
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:
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.)
We’re heading to our second Startup Week of the year (with the first being Portland), and we’re beyond excited for it! We’ll be on the ground at Boulder Startup Week, roaming from event-to-event, giving out free t-shirts, free domain name, and hosting a handful of our own events.
It’s arguably impossible to scale a product or business without building a community. Building a strong community early on does two great things for your business: (1) It helps you build traction because early users often become the best product evangelists. (2) It position your business for long-term success because your community will want to see you grow and succeed.
We’re sponsoring the Hack the Dot hackathon that’s coming to Boulder for Boulder Startup Week! We’re pretty excited about this because, while it’s not far from Denver, it’s the second city to host a Hack the Dot domain-driven hackathon.
We sponsored the Hack the Dot domain hackathon last night, and it was insanely fun! The way this hackathon worked was 35 coders came and were randomly assigned to 7 teams. The teams were then all told one domain name, and had to come up with funny and functional websites for that name. In this case, the domain was croissant.forsale. The teams came up with ideas for croissant.forsale ranging from Tinder for buying croissants, to a funky croissant workout tool. Ultimately, Tinder for croissants took the win and there will be something up on croissant.forsale showing off their creation within the next few days.
We spent all last week at Portland Startup Week, where we went to a whopping 16 events. We spread the name.com magic all around Stumptown by taking over a coffee shop, giving away .ninja domains, soft t-shirts, name.com stickers, and more. We also helped with a hackathon with Quick Left, where people had a few hours to get nerdy and build wearables.