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CONTEST: Win a Name.com T-Shirt


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We’re having a contest that will leave you with both a huge smile on your face and looking stylish, if you’re lucky enough to be randomly selected winner. Entering this magnificently glorious contest is ridiculously easy, seriously. There are a bunch of options in the little widget below for you to earn up to as many as 10 contest entries.

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Domain Names are People Too | Buzz’s Bill Bucked by Blog Blunder


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Behind all the wires, interfaces and veritable supernova of tech terms that make the domain world go ’round, there are humans. Soft, fleshy, often bearded beasts of hopes and dreams and ill-advised food cravings. We try and try to translate that humanity with our social media, this blog, and our countless videos, Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 3.44.08 PMbut nothing–we mean NOTHING–says I’m a person with a big, beating heart like the recent revelation let loose by the very genuine Bill Doshier.

Who’s he? Well, he’s one of the many entrepreneurs and investors who have rolled the dice on the new domain names and, judging by recent sales, he could be a winner. But not THE winner. You see, Bill saw something online that got him very excited...

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Try our new Website Builder, win a Name.com t-shirt


Name.com T-Shirt ContestWe just got a big shipment of Name.com t-shirts and we’re itching to give them away!

We feel that giving away t-shirts as a way to get feedback on our new Website Builder is a match made in giveaway heaven. This means that to get the most entries into this contest, you simply need to register for the name.com Website Builder, give it a spin, and tell us what you thought of the signup process. However, you can also enter this giveaway by:

As you can see, there are a handful of ways to win one of these silky-smooth, freshly-printed t-shirts.

Entering is easy; simply fire up our little giveaway engine below. All it will ask you to do is press a few buttons.

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Net Neutrality: It’s a good thing


We’re proud to join a growing crowd of tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter in supporting and restoring Net Neutrality.

What is Net Neutrality? To us, it’s what we’ve always assumed the Internet to be: a portal to an equal opportunity to be shared, enlightened and even paid. As Reuters reported, a collective of companies have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “take the necessary steps to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce,” and we have a limited window to influence the FCC before they likely vote on new rules on May 15.

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The Name.com Scavenger Hunt and the triumph of the Thunder Dragons


Every now and then we shut down the Name.com office for a few hours and gather everyone together for some wholesome team-building exercises (in other words, we act goofy and have some beers). Last Friday was one of those days, as we divided into teams for a scavenger hunt that took us (err … most of us) all over Denver.

The rules

  • Teams were chosen randomly and given a sheet of clues. The clues directed us to treasure balls (vending machine capsules) hidden throughout the city.
  • First team to return with all treasure balls wins
  • No driving allowed. Bikes, walking, taxis, public transit … all fair game.
  • Additional prizes were awarded for best team picture, most awkward New Domain sales pitch, and most team spirit.

The hunt

Nic Steinbach (the Artist Formerly Known As New TLD Nic) and Ashley Forker (not a great go-kart driver) planned the scavenger hunt with a dozen destinations, mostly in the LoDo/LoHi area and around our Cherry Creek office. We had to collect a treasure ball at each destination, sometimes from a friendly bartender (Denver Beer Company, The Fainting Goat, Milwaukee Street Tavern …) who awaited us with an open bar tab.

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Register a domain and get a free puppy


In an effort to show their appreciation for each and every person who buys a domain name with name.com, the Denver-based domain registrar is offering a groundbreaking promotion where every new domain name comes with a free puppy.

Steve Banfield, general manager of name.com, says that he’s never been a part of something so important and exciting. “To see the look on the customer’s face when they think they’re just getting a new .COM and they end up with an excitable Labradoodle … it just makes you realize the impact a domain can have on a person’s life,” said Banfield, who’s fresh off a nationwide tour discussing the new program.

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Name.com visits the New Zealand Bobsled Team


This is Part 1 in a series of posts and videos about Name.com’s adventures with the New Zealand Bobsled team. Go to Part 2  |  Go to Part 3

After what seemed like an impossible coordination, Tim Johnson, the CEO of .KIWI, and the manager of the New Zealand Bobsled Team, pulled Name.com, .XYZ, .BUZZ, .NINJA, and .CLUB together to sponsor the Kiwi sledders. He also included the new domain .HIV to get more exposure for their incredible work. Then all he had to do was get some people to Whistler, B.C., the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, to experience the sport in person. I volunteered, as did .XYZ CEO Daniel Negari.

The thought of bobsledding seems like a lot of fun until you tell someone you’re going to bobsled. “Didn’t a guy die doing that?” asked one well-meaning friend. Another pointed out that I’d be going 80 miles an hour without a seat belt. I like seat belts. One once saved me in a wreck when I was going about 65. The car had a roof, too. And soft seats. Wrecking in a bobsled, it turns out, can melt your underwear to your body.

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Video: Name.com takes a few pointers from Richard Sherman


You’ve undoubtedly seen—or at the very least heard about—Richard Sherman’s post-game rant from Sunday’s Seattle-San Francisco championship game. He was a little fired up. A little angry. Perhaps a little too passionate. And while it’s not exactly our style at Name.com, we understand that sometimes you have to adapt.

So we’re stepping up the intensity in our office—in customer support, in meetings, even during lunch. It’s a little less Denver, a little more Seattle.

Or we may just stick with the Peyton Manning school of class, poise and hard work.

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A Happy Holiday greeting from the Name.com pets


The humans don’t actually run this place. The dogs do, led by Lobo (the most interesting dog in the world). As you prepare to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, the pets of Name.com have a very special holiday greeting for you:

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Meet the name.com sales and compliance, accounting, and facilities teams


Previously we introduced you to the name.com marketing and customer support teams, and gave you the details of our About Us Video Contest. Today, you get to meet some smaller (in numbers) but equally important teams: Sales and compliance and accounting/facilities.

The sales and compliance team

Let’s hand it over to Sales and Compliance manager Scott McBreen for the introduction:

Ryan and I manage compliance and abuse related inquiries when they involve domains registered through Name.com. Aside from working as liaisons with the different registries in instances where domains do not behave as they should, we also provide assistance to Marketing for TLD promotions, as well as develop pricing when new TLDs are released. We have been friends for more than 15 years and we enjoy terrible movies and the occasional beer at the Bull and Bush pub.

Scott McBreen, Sales and Compliance Manager

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