Your employees as Brand Ambassadors: Your Most Valuable Asset just got even better.

We first met William Toll when he took the two seconds to subscribe to our YouTube account. Little did he know that he was our 1000th subscriber, and that he’d be showered with prizes, including, and totally limited to, the domain name As it turns out, he presented at HostingCon, and he’s an expert in getting your employees to become brand ambassadors. But he’s not the kind of guy your employees will loathe for having them do one more thing. He explains how it’s done properly…

Shower your employees with rewards, including domains like

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Handshakes, Hosting, and Humidity- Lessons from HostingCon 2012

HostingCon was a 3-day event.  In the grand scheme of things that doesn’t sound like much. Having attended a number of conferences and conventions in my time I assumed that this would be a standard meet and greet, “Hello we work in the same industry”, “Yes I enjoyed the continental breakfast”, “That last speaker was rough”, “Want to split a cab to the airport?” type of ordeal. I thought it would be the same song and dance that I’ve done a hundred times in a hundred cities with hundreds of familiar faces.

hostingcon logoI am pleasantly surprised to report that HostingCon, in all its ridiculous glory, was nothing like that.  There’s something very special about this industry that a lot of other industries will never understand. The next big innovation is always approaching...

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Lessons from HostingCon 2012: Get the Experts without the Hassle

I’ll just come right out with the first lesson: Don’t try to pick up men on the dance floor. By that, I mean physically pick them up and twirl them like they’re your new bride. I’ll admit it, there was a free bar and the tequila was wielding it’s mighty power, and then there was this crazy good 80s cover band. The lead singer of Yellow Brick Road seemed to embody and vocally secrete every major voice of the rock n’ roll era. It was amazing, and their version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing moved me from the balcony of the Boston Royale theater to the dance floor. That’s where I’d get slapped on the head by another man.

the men at hostingcon outnumber women

Dances with Men.

Just so you know, and you probably already know, at tech conferences the womenfolk are few. Not to say anything about womenfolk and their tech skills...

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Shannon at Buying your Tix to Ignite Denver 11

It’s official. Just check out this email chain:

cool company for ignite denver 11

cool company for Ignite Denver 11


As you saw there, Shannon will cover the cost of the tickets. Ignite Denver 11 is tomorrow (Thursday, June 14, 2012) at the Oriental Theater. Doors at 6, show at 7. Here’s all the info. If you want tickets just email Shannon (at)

Note: There will be alcohol and cussing, but it’s a lot of fun.

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Your Startup Elevator Pitch in 5 Seconds

So we teamed up with your next memorable home online, .CO, to promote the heck out of (and buy drinks for) the passionate web zealots known as “startups.” It’s really hard to find someone who works harder and promotes with more passion their idea. To test their fervor, we asked them if they could sell their business in five seconds. They didn’t do too badly.

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Twitter, FourSquare VC Says "Be Your Own Bee-Yotch"

There’s some offensive language here, but sometimes (and I’m sorry mom) it can be effective. Fred Wilson, whose mere presence is every startup company’s fantasy, offers his advice on whether to use Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.

You know the Smash Summit has good content when the lighting is awful, the sound even worse, and people are still riveted by the speakers. (Not to call you out Microsoft, but this was your building and your Internet didn’t even work. I was kind of hoping for a giant paperclip to come and help me.)
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Beer Friday: Brews for Airport Blues

New York and the Smash Summit 2011 were great. The .CO people nearly killed me with kindness and alcohol and some kind of unearthly endurance for round-the-clock socializing, but after our airport adventure, we were just happy to be there.

This video is an admission to a major fail we’ve yet to report to our boss(es).

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Smash Summit 2011 Schwag Caption Contest – WE HAVE A WINNER!

Blog commentator NicStein wins the Smash Summit 2011 Schwag/Swag Caption Contest with: “An Argument with Holes In It.Nic and his family will enjoy a plethora of Schwag/Swag purveyed by the finest startup companies in the world! Good job NicStein!

We are at the Smash Summit in New York City to pick the brains of industry leaders. We want to find exactly how we can retire sooner and/or spend the rest of our lives in casual Smash Summit 2011Mark Zuckerberg hoodies. We’ll be interviewing the greatest minds in the business, schmoozing marketing moguls and, most importantly, gathering great convention schwag. AND WE’LL BRING IT BACK TO YOU! All you need to do is win the 2011 Smash Summit Schwag Caption Contest.


smash summit with 500 startups and a bagel

An Argument with Holes In It.

Credit to Adam Black of Keywifi for his creative leaders...
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Final Day of HostingCon 2011 in San Diego

You’ll note that everyone’s just a wee bit tired.

Final Day of HostingCon 2011 in San Diego from on Vimeo.

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Clearing up the Cloud at HostingCon 2011

HostingCon 2011 Day 2: The Cloud from on Vimeo.

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