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Sledding with the Kiwis: Bobsled Adventure Part 3

When we last left off, I was engaged in a bet with .XYZ CEO Daniel Negari. If I get the best bobsled time, he has to promote name.com in the streets to the point of being maced. If he bests me, well then I need to spend a day covered in .XYZ stickers. The rest would be history … except that at name.com we capture everything on video and preserve it forever and ever.

So Daniel had done his slope sliding; now it was up to me to beat his time of 57.8 seconds. That’s one mile, btw, that bobsledders do in a fuselage not unlike a shark carcass.  Here’s the video of how it went down:

We can’t thank our Bobsled sponsors enough. First off, .XYZ is in the hizzy! And by “hizzy” we mean “every website, everywhere.” The new domain .CLUB is also a sponsor. As you can imagine, they bring great new marketing opportunities for the bajillions of clubs of varying interests and patrons.  Also many, many thanks to the .KIWI team for bringing their New Zealand party to Canada AND everyone should know about the incredibly innovative .HIV and their being the Red Ribbon of the Digital Age.

Also, .BUZZ put up money and great faith for this trip. Their CEO Bill Doshier explains why they jumped on the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Bobsled Team. “If they stink at it we probably get a movie or book deal much like the Jamaicans,” says Doshier. “If the Kiwi’s get faster, and make the South Korea Olympics in 2018, we’ve been assured we get to march in the opening ceremonies with the team.  Definitely a win, win.”

Bill should do more quotes.

Finally, not sure if bobsledding.NINJA is taken, but it’s definitely a good idea to get your sport, passion, idea, or business in front of any of those New Domains, all of which will be available at name.com.

 Oh, and finally finally, here’s a tiny little link that has some kind of offensive language as I present my bobsledding experience to a packed house for  Ignite Denver!

Getting to know the New Zealand Bobsled Team, and a bet with .XYZ

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

As you may have heard, Name.com is sponsoring the New Zealand bobsled team, along with fellow sponsors .KIWI, .XYZ, .BUZZ, .NINJA, .CLUB, and .HIV. Name.com’s Jared Ewy visited the team in Whistler last week, got to know the team members, and even hopped in the bobsled himself (and held on for dear life).

Yesterday, Jared gave us an overview of the Worst Case Scenarios for bobsledding. Today, he introduces us to the team members, and also makes a friendly wager with .XYZ CEO Daniel Negari. The stakes: If Jared pulls off the fastest time on the one-mile track, Daniel has to sing the praises of Name.com with all the enthusiasm he can muster. If Daniel wins, Jared has to walk around covered in .XYZ gear—from head to toe.

Stay tuned for more videos from Jared’s trip to Whistler, and in the meantime, how about checking out some New Domains? .NINJA and .CLUB are available for Preorder right now.

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Customer Highlight: Andrew Hyde Launches Inside Travel Guides

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At name.com, we’re lucky to have some very cool customers. We’re constantly seeing people build some amazing websites and apps, and we love to pass those things along.

Andrew Hyde recently launched Inside Travel Guides (Inside.co). The beautifully-designed website offers simple $10 three-day guides that give the inside scoop on the best way to navigate a city. Hyde summarized his site as offering, “Short, simple guides written by travelers like you. Insider knowledge to make the most of short trips.”

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: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. Brad is an MIT grad who has a hand in more startups than Dick Clark had Rocking New Year’s Eves. Amy is an author and blogger who puts the “we” in awesomeness. She works to bring people together through grants to non-profit organizations in the arts, education, entrepreneurship, conservation and the environment, health and human services, women’s and human rights, international development, capacity building, and progressive public policy.

And not to be outdone, Brad and his partners at the Foundry Group donated $100,000 to assist with flood recovery in Boulder.

Yah, they’re rock stars. And/or ninjas.

Inside the Foundry Group Office

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We spent some time in the Foundry Group office in Boulder last Friday filming a quick spot that we put up on Name.com called “The Startup Couple.” The startup couple is a dynamic duo that awkwardly always talks in startup lingo and they just don’t know how to differentiate from the bedroom and the boardroom. To them, everything is business. For example, instead of getting married, they just signed a noncompete agreement.

In real life, the startup couple is Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor. While we edit the first video together, we thought we’d give you a brief tour of their office.

Drunk History celebrated with “Drunk Developer: Bitcoin Edition”

We all know that those who have the most to say are usually drunk, so why not take advantage of this slurring verbosity and get the most out of our alcohol? This “Drunk History” concept is not ours, it is that of Derek Waters and the intrepid team at the website Funny or Die. I’m not hyperlinking you there because you’ll leave and not come back for hours. Google it later. First, join a drunken Pat “P-Fro” Ramsey and a cast of elite actors to learn more about Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the cryptocurrency that’s becoming quite popular amongst investors, consumers and retailers.

Drunk Developer soars above the often dry and boring jargon of giddy tech evangelists to share inside information on the hot, new peer-to-peer money. —Satoshi Nakamoto

With help from our good friends at Highland Mist (about 7 shots) and several pints of beer, you’ll understand more about how you too can make money with Bitcoin. Also, you’ll discover why it’s important to chew and most likely a thing or two about the importance of moderation.

Starring:

Patrick Ramsey as The Drunk Developer

John Rupp as The Retailer

Ryan Clarey as The DDoS Attack

Nic Steinbach as The Peripheral DDoS Attack

Adam Jensen as Sathoshi Nakamoto

Caroline Temple as Patrick Ramsey

Sean Baxter as Sean Baxter

Jared Ewy as Jared Ewy

Important people: Ashley “Spoon Smiley” Forker, Patrick “P-Mo” Moroney, Steve “Donatelli” Donatelli, Kyle “Fuzzy” Robbins, Ben “Ping Pain” Wenger, Alex “Kehr Package” Kehr, Shannon “Shamazon” Brown, and Ethan “Blaine” Conley

Innovation with Gaiam’s Jesse Weaver Part 2. | The Insightful

Frustrated about the creative process? Think your company should try something new but don’t think they ever will? In Part 2 (here’s part 1) of our interview with Jesse Weaver, he drops some of the most important knowledge we’ve ever heard about how to move forward with your ideas. Knowledge? Nay, this is wisdom. Weaver brings the sage, and reminds us to respect the history of the brand and get to know the structure within you’ll be working, before startling anyone with radical ideas. Yet when all the pieces come together, you’ll be thriving in a “culture of innovation.” So here we go with a brilliant bit on the cohesive brand experience and selling something new to the higher ups.

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