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10,000 High Fives @SXSW | Day 1

This is Part 1 in a series of posts about our #HighFiveGuy campaign at SXSW | Part 2 | Part 3

You’ll know us when you see us. We’re with the #HighFiveGuy, who could also be mistaken for some unhinged soul carrying a bomb.

Fear not. It’s for good. It’s a counter tallying up every high five because each awareness-elevating hand smack is also a donation to the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Also, this is how awesome the Internet can be.

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All we can hope to do to reward such awesome people with promo codes, like HIGHFIVE to save on .CO domains, RapidPress and email. Or use HIGHFIVEGUY for COM/NET and GURU domain discounts. And drinks. Maybe we can buy you a drink.

How to be at SXSW without actually being at SXSW

As you may have heard, read, seen, or intuited, we’re going to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas to get 10,000 high fives. For every high five we’ll donate a nickel to the Austin Children’s Shelter, and with every high five you should get a sweet, tingly sensation for being a part of something so amazing.

You may already be overwhelmed with ease and convenience with which wholesome goodness can be attained … but it gets even better (echo: better etter tter ter er r): Simply incorporate #HighFiveGuy into your Tweets, Facebook updates, or blog posts when sharing what we’re about to do at #SXSW, and we’ll incorporate your name and business/website/short message into one of our videos. Here are some sample Tweets you might send:

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Those are just some examples, but once we see the grandness of your message, we’ll include your name/business/website/thought in a video. It’s like being at #SXSW without having to spend $10,000 for a hotel room.

Using one of our most favorite social sharers, we tested this on a random person in the street.

My Trip to Another Planet: An American Goes to Munich to Talk Domains

Smash and Shamazon do Munich

Smash and Shamazon do Munich

The Internet is freaking exploding with growth. Not only is it expanding by the creation of new namespace via new TLDs, but access to the internet across the globe is growing rapidly, supplemented by technologies like tablet devices and mobile smartphones making it even easier to plug in. Information is a commodity and as humans we are addicted. I’m pretty sure I already knew this, but I hadn’t synthesized what it means to you, to me … to all of us, until I had my mind = blown in Munich. Product Manager (and all around badass) Shannon Brown and I had the pleasure (and I use that word lightly because I’m not exactly a ray of sunshine after an 8+ hour flight) of traveling to Munich to learn about the New TLDs at the conference. Though the travel was long and exhausting, I walked away with a refreshed and energized perspective on the future of the Interwebs and the role our team is going to play in it. If you’re looking for a lowdown on who spoke at the conference READ THIS. The info nuggets and mini brain explosions about the intersection of “Life + The Internet” I walked away with are below:

tl;dr: The Internet is fundamentally changing, expanding, and growing rapidly. It will continue to alter how we live, interact, and do business. New TLDs provide an enormous opportunity for innovation, so start your brainstorming.

Startup Inspiration: Startup Weekend Denver is really excited to once again support Startup Weekend Denver, which begins tonight. This isn’t the first year we’ve supported Startup Weekend Denver, and we’ve returned because supporting our local startup scene is one of our favorite things to do. It allows to help inspired minds bring brilliant ideas to life in just 54 hours.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where a group of the most motivated developers, business managers, marketing geeks, graphic designers, and more descend onto one location to build a variety of projects. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to do a lot more than just network with other startup gurus. It also helps build the local startup communities, launch new businesses in a single weekend, and allows passionate individuals test their ideas.

How is helping out:

We’re giving Startup Weekend Denver a bunch of product to help get ideas off of the ground. Giving product means that we’re providing each of the twelve Startup Weekend Denver teams with accounts flush with cash. The account credit can be used in multiple combinations, but is calculated for one $10.99 domain and one year of our unbelievable hosting.
Can’t make Startup Weekend Denver but feeling inspired? There’s no time like the present to get your startup off of the ground. Your next idea could be the next big thing!