Culture

We’re having a hackathon on Thursday and Friday!


hackathon-header

We’re having a hackathon on Thursday and Friday, which is going to be a spectacular display of geek meets wizardry. That’s right, we’re making some magical stuff! The only real rules for the hackathon are:

  1. Can’t work on work.
  2. Must create something New TLD related.

So, what is a hackathon?

If you’re not sure what a hackathon is, it’s essentially a codefest. This means that it’s an event where we rapidly develop and prototype ideas that are unrelated to our everyday work duties and drive our business forward. In this case, we’ll be making products or features that promote New TLD adoption and usage. Once the prototypes of the ideas are built, they’ll be voted on internally, and then a few products or Name.com features will be given the resources to keep living on.

Read More

Name.com at Denver Startup Week: A taco truck and a t-shirt cannon


Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.31.54 PM

Thank you Denver. Thank you everyone everywhere. We survived an amazing week thanks to you and your participation/encouragement/free beverages during Denver Startup Week. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the events that took place. First, we asked our in-house mechanical guru Jon Liu to build a t-shirt cannon.

Read More

Taco Social goes global with deals on domains, websites and hosting


domain name deals

We gave away a few hundred tacos on Tuesday, and we’ll be straight with you: it was awesome. We followed the tacoganza by hosting Denver’s first Insight Night with people sharing great ideas to make the world a better place. It was packed. Oh, and there were free drinks.

But if you’re not in Denver it’s hard to care, mirite?

Hearing about free tacos and drinks in Denver while you’re in Scranton or Cairo is about as pointless as another Justin Bieber movie.

BUT WE’VE FOUND A WAY TO GET YOU BOOZE AND TACOS NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE! In the spirit of Denver Startup Week, we bring you an innovation as anticipated as the iPhone 6 or the moon landing. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Go to www.name.rocks and enter your email.

2. You’ll receive a confirmation message. Click that and BAM!

3...

Read More

Random Acts of Kindness: MOTSCRAK Denver


Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 12.56.02 PM

Would you like a free cold beverage? Yes?

You’ve come to the right place because here’s our quandary at name.com: How do we let people know about us while not further chipping away at the psyche of an already ad-weary public? The studies vary, but it is estimated that the average person is bombarded with at least 1,000 commercial images per day. Most we don’t even pay attention to. That’s the key right there: most ads, labels, logos, sales, popups, banners, videos, GIFs, collages, murals, tableaus we’re completely ignoring. So how … how do we get in front of someone and make them care? We think we’ve landed upon just the answer.

It’s MOTSCRAK.

Read More

Super Corporate Blog Post: We joined the NASDAQ with Rightside


corporate-header

As many of you may know, we were acquired by Demand Media back in January 2013. This was exciting for us (and you!) because it meant we received access to a plethora of new resources to grow and make the awesome Name.com experience even more, well, awesome! On Friday, after several months of hard work, our time at Demand Media ended and we officially spun off to join a newly formed company called Rightside.

This is seriously cool news because it means that you can now find us listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol NAME. You can read more about us being publicly traded all over the internet, like in this article in The Seattle Times.

But don’t worry, just because we’re listed on the NASDAQ doesn’t mean we’re going to become some super corporate and boring company...

Read More

CONTEST: Win a Name.com T-Shirt


contest-header

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.

Read More

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


trophy-header

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...

Read More

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Happy contesting and be sure to enj...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 4.07.14 PM

Read More