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Random Acts of Kindness: MOTSCRAK Denver


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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.

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Super Corporate Blog Post: We joined the NASDAQ with Rightside


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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...

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CONTEST: Win a Name.com T-Shirt


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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.

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


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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...

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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.

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Happy contesting and be sure to enj...

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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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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.

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Register a domain and get a free puppy


In an effort to show their appreciation for each and every person who buys a domain name with name.com, the Denver-based domain registrar is offering a groundbreaking promotion where every new domain name comes with a free puppy.

Steve Banfield, general manager of name.com, says that he’s never been a part of something so important and exciting. “To see the look on the customer’s face when they think they’re just getting a new .COM and they end up with an excitable Labradoodle … it just makes you realize the impact a domain can have on a person’s life,” said Banfield, who’s fresh off a nationwide tour discussing the new program.

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Name.com visits the New Zealand Bobsled Team


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

After what seemed like an impossible coordination, Tim Johnson, the CEO of .KIWI, and the manager of the New Zealand Bobsled Team, pulled Name.com, .XYZ, .BUZZ, .NINJA, and .CLUB together to sponsor the Kiwi sledders. He also included the new domain .HIV to get more exposure for their incredible work. Then all he had to do was get some people to Whistler, B.C., the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, to experience the sport in person. I volunteered, as did .XYZ CEO Daniel Negari.

The thought of bobsledding seems like a lot of fun until you tell someone you’re going to bobsled. “Didn’t a guy die doing that?” asked one well-meaning friend. Another pointed out that I’d be going 80 miles an hour without a seat belt. I like seat belts. One once saved me in a wreck when I was going about 65. The car had a roof, too. And soft seats. Wrecking in a bobsled, it turns out, can melt your underwear to your body.

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Video: Name.com takes a few pointers from Richard Sherman


You’ve undoubtedly seen—or at the very least heard about—Richard Sherman’s post-game rant from Sunday’s Seattle-San Francisco championship game. He was a little fired up. A little angry. Perhaps a little too passionate. And while it’s not exactly our style at Name.com, we understand that sometimes you have to adapt.

So we’re stepping up the intensity in our office—in customer support, in meetings, even during lunch. It’s a little less Denver, a little more Seattle.

Or we may just stick with the Peyton Manning school of class, poise and hard work.

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