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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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Startup Couple: A Tutorial to Tech Fluency


It’s Denver Startup Week and sometimes it’s hard to get past certain things … like language. The jargon of the startup community can be an adventure on its own. To celebrate the parlance of the industry, we contacted doting couple Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor, two people who couldn’t be more associated with the Denver/Boulder tech explosion, and interviewed them. Turns out that they are the perfect pair to disrupt and revolutionize the status quo. Whilst iterating, they drill down in an epic paradigm shift of leverage, and emerge Rock Stars and/or Ninjas of the Startup Community.

It happens to the best of us. One day you’re just a person, the next day you’re an epic maven. It’s all about the pivot.

Who exactly are Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor? They recently co-authored Startup Life: Survi...

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Using Engagement Tactics to Drive Traffic to your Blog or Website | Part 3 of 5 in a “get traffic” series


Free Traffic to your site with these Engaging Tips

Engagement.  It’s just a little buzzword for describing how you interact with your online audience, both online and even offline.  It’s also measurable with the ultimate goal of bringing traffic back to you.  It’s funny how the Internet has taken a normal human ability for socialization and has us quantifying our interactions with others, then measuring the outcome of those interactions all in hopes that we can maximize our impact with future interactions.  But that is a philosophical debate for another time. Simply, engagement is no different from brick and mortar stores where they talk to their customers, call up their mentors, visit surrounding businesses, and participate in various business associations...

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The Colorado Fires: What you need to know and how you can help.


Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs

It’s hot, it’s dry and we’ve got fires everywhere. Two new ones started in the southwestern part of the state yesterday, and as of today, the Waldo Canyon, High Park and Flagstaff fires are burning a combined 80,000 acres. If you need an impression of how bad things are, people who were just evacuated from Colorado Springs are now being evacuated from Monument, which is about 12 miles north.

All of the local papers, like the Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette and the Fort Collins Coloradoan provide excellent updates, plus check out this amazing interactive Google map:

google map of colorado wildfires

Click Me.

The Waldo Canyon Fire is making the most news as it’s actually in the city limits of Colorado Springs. You always think of wildfires in some remote area where entire neighborhoods aren’t laid to waste...

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DDOS Attack Post Analysis and Introspection


There is a saying, “hindsight is 20/20″. We experience that quite a bit here at Name.com. We do a bit of armchair quarterbacking from time to time as well. Analogies aside though, we do our best to reflect and learn from any situation where it makes sense to do so. Such is the case with the recent DDOS attack that we experienced. It can be a double-edged sword to be transparent about things, but transparency is something we value a lot at our little company. It’s an important trait that we’ve learned to value as individuals as well. So when an entity attacked us with a massive DDOS attack, attempted to extort us, and continued to attack us due to not giving into the extortion, we decided to open up and let our customers know exactly what transpired...

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A Product Manager’s Guide to Developer Diplomacy


Greetings! Shannon the Name.com Product Manager here, talking to you today about the mystical and fascinating creature that is the Web Developer. It’s no secret; I spend a lot of my time in the developers’ den trying to comfort and sway developers into action without stepping on too many toes. It’s a delicate line, and I walk it quite well.

Where other Marketing Agents have fought valiantly and failed, I have succeeded. How? I’ll tell you right now. I have 10 fundamental rules that, as a whole, comprise the “Shannon Brown Theorem of Developer Diplomacy”

The web developer in his natural habitat

1) Write a detailed spec for the project that they’re working on. Make sure you know every nook and cranny of the document and be ready and willing to tackle any issue that pops up...

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Ink! is Back: And so are our Proper Doses of Caffeine


Dear Ink!,

As you can see we’ve missed you.

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But with you gone no one’s had the energy to do anything really cool for your return. You, however, have come back in style:

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That’s right, free coffee today, March 16th, 2012. If you’re in Denver or have the means to travel really fast, the coffee’s on them.

Background: Just before Christmas a huge water main break took out half a block of business, including our drug suppliers at Ink! and the entire Merrill Lynch building (although we have noted the economy has only gotten better.)

 

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Thank You for Taking our Survey! The good stuff Part 1


GoDaddy alt. Also, new layout and checkout are seamless and beautiful.
Easy to use. Love the new checkout process!
The simplicity and focus of the site are exactly what I need. No unneeded clutter.
Simple and clear interface.
simplicity
Easy interface
Plain and simple. Good stuff :)
Your website gives the impression that creating and managing domains will be easy, simple, and efficient. That is exactly the experience I’ve had since I’ve become a customer. After dealing with 1 and 1’s horrendously complex (and slow!) site to mange domains, name.com is amazing. I don’t want to spend hours doing something that should take minutes.
Price and good multi-search facility. Also not trying to shove lots of other stuff at me with each logon/purchase...
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Congratulations on the winners of our .BIZ giveaway!


Let’s hear it for our 5 lucky .BIZ giveaway winners:

Chandra with kreasi.biz
Manuel with domVPS.biz
Nadir with ustundag.biz
Farrukh Saleem manoratraders.biz
Amir Vahed www.vahed.biz

We selected 5 winners at random from all the entrants to our Facebook, ‘Small .BIZ-ness Giveaway’ contest and awarded them a year’s subscription to PageZen Unlimited and SEO Tutor. For those of you who don’t know, PageZen is an easy drag & drop website builder you can use to make a simple website quickly. SEO Tutor is our search engine optimization tool that suggests back links and target keywords etc. custom to your industry and website to improve your site’s visibility in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Manuel, who has already gotten started with SEO Tutor said this about the platform:

“I ...

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From the Inside Out: Building a Company Vision and Mission (part III)


As many of you have been following we’ve begun the process of creating a company vision. Last time we left off we were ready to dive into our BHAG (big hairy audacious goal). I promised you guys that we would open the doors and be completely transparent during this process so I’m going to be totally honest: coming up with a company vision is a long and difficult road!

big hairy audacious goal

Almost there.

The latest:

We’re at the stage where we have selected our MARS group and divided the whole company into 3 groups from which each of the 6 MARS members will be soliciting feedback. Members of customer support will be interviewing Developers, Developers are interviewing Operations and Marketing, and Operations and Marketing are interviewing Customer Support (or some sort of mix along those lines).

Inter-departmen...

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