A lot of spunky and funky new TLDs are on the way. One that recently caught our attention is .dog. It’s a unique name and made us all dream about what kind of fun dog related websites we could make. While on the hunt for dog website inspiration, we stumbled across a majestic thing: dogs in costumes.
This lead us on an epic quest to find the best dog costumes on the Internet.
At name.com we use Google Docs ugh fine Google Drive all the time to collaborate on projects. Most of the time these collaborative documents are free of any shenanigans, but every now and then a shenanigan party breaks out.
That was the case Tuesday, when everyone in the office had access to a company potluck signup spreadsheet and several people were making edits at once. Click through for full size and behold the shenanigans.
We have a non sequitur column header about color choice (perhaps aMonty Python reference?). We have people signing up to bring NNOOTTHHIINNGG!, tap water, and early ’90s rap classics. We also have a discussion about whether or not kids would be on the potluck menu.
And we had a few well-adjusted human beings offering to bring actual dishes to the potluck, so that was nice.
Name.com’s Nic Steinbach is in Durban, South Africa for the ICANN-47 meeting. Getting there wasn’t easy—Nic had to endure six layovers and an in-flight menu that proved to be disagreeable for all passengers—but he made it. Here are his thoughts from ICANN 47.
Half awake and totally jet lagged I stepped into an elevator at Johannesburg’s airport. I think it was around 7 p.m. local time or 10 a.m. MST, but after traveling for more than 20 hours (with two hours to go) it could have been any time. Luckily for me, a fellow ICANN attendee had generously offered me a guest pass into the coveted premium sky lounge—a haven of comfortable chairs, power outlets, WiFi, and free beer. As we got on the elevator, a couple of other ICANN veterans piled in. One person asked me if this was my first ICANN conference. Someone else chimed in, “No, weren’t you at the last two?”
The ICANN 47 meeting is being held in Durban, South Africa starting this weekend. Durban is one of the world’s epicenters of HIV infection, with over 40 percent of its adult population living with the HIV virus. dotHIV has focused on the ICANN meeting in Durban as a major fundraising opportunity, and name.com is proud to join in.
dotHIV raised a $20,000 pre-meeting matching pool, and found donors to cover the first $10,000 in donations. Then dotHIV invited the ICANN community to cover the second $10,000, and name.com has stepped to the plate with a $2,500 donation.
The donations and dotHIV’s matched contributions are going toward two awesome organizations:
The Blue Roof Wellness Centre: A state-of-the-art care center for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, located on the outskirts of Durban. Blue Roof is a project of Alicia Key’s “Keep a Child Alive” Foundation. KCA is a US-registered charity that supports innovative, community-led HIV-work with a focus on child well-being. As a small, agile organization, they have earned the highest rating from US-based Charity Navigator.
WhizzKids United: Their ‘On the Ball’ curriculum successfully uses soccer as a fun and interactive way to teach 12 -16 year old boys and girls the skills needed to prevent HIV infection, by drawing on each facet of the game and interpreting it into a life skill. The award winning program runs in schools throughout the Durban area, with over 35,000 youth graduates over the last seven years.
For more information on dotHIV’s fundraising program for ICANN 47, click here.
dotHIV is the applicant behind .HIV, one of the many new TLDs expected to be released in the near future. .HIV will be like a red ribbon for the digital age. Every time you click on a .HIV domain, you’ll be activating a micro-donation. These donations are financed through the sale of .HIV domains. For more information on dotHIV, click here.
At name.com we’re pretty fond of office pranks, and a series of good ones unfolded on Wednesday.
Some background info
Name.com systems engineer Chris Gaston has a husky named Lobo that he brings into the office on occasion. Lobo is sort of our live mascot. He’s an adventurous canine, and has made some attempts to escape through the public entrance on the west side of the building when Chris has to run to the data center. So now when Lobo is in the office, we occasionally lock that door and use the employee entrance on the east side of the building, which requires a key.
That was the case on Wednesday. Upon returning to the office from lunch, Ashley Forker (marketing manager) intentionally left her keys in the door so that Pat Ramsey (software engineer) could get in the building after swinging by an ATM.
Well, someone got to the door—and Ashley’s keys—before Pat did.
It’s Friday, and it’s the day after the 4th of July, and the office is pretty empty, so it seems like a good time to show off* one of the perks of working at name.com: the minions employees get access to a fully-stocked kitchen. Here are some of the highlights.
*You know, as opposed to doing real, actual, meaningful work.
The story of how I ended up at Name.com is pretty a unique one that all started because I attended StartupWeekend Denver in October 2012. Name.com sponsored the event and left a bunch of stickers lying around for people to take. I took a few Name.com stickers and one ended up on the back of my computer.
A few days after StartupWeekend was over, I met with my team in Downtown Denver from StartupWeekend to discuss if we’d continue our idea or not. After we met, I realized that I’d forgotten to finish my math homework due that evening, so I drove over to a new coffee shop that I’d discovered near where StartupWeekend was called Creme to get it done. As I sat at a small table in Creme chugging my cup of coffee and unleashing my math skills on a piece of paper, I noticed a guy sitting across from me taking my photo with his iPhone. When he saw that I saw him, he walked up to me and said he was taking a photo because he started Name.com and he was excited to see their sticker on my computer. This guy was Bill Mushkin and I’m one of the only new people around here that’s actually met him… I think everybody else thinks he’s a mythical creature like the Bearglecorn. After Bill came up to me, it made me want to learn more about Name.com. I looked up Name.com and I saw how it was a great company with great values. This led me to cold e-mail Name.com seeing if I could do an internship for school credit. I chatted with Name.com a bit, but when I went away for winter break in December, we briefly lost contact. I e-mailed Name.com again in March and we set up a time for me to come in. I came in and chatted with Ashley a bit… she then decided to see if I could be paid to work here instead of doing a school internship. When she got the thumbs up for me to be an actual paid employee, I came in to chat with the whole marketing crew: Ashley, Jared, Caroline, Paul, and Sean. I guess everything went well because I’m here now and starting my sixth week at Name.com!
TLDR; Got a Name.com sticker at StartupWeekend, met the founder of Name.com at a coffee shop because the sticker was on my computer, and got my first job out of college at Name.com because of the sticker.
This week, name.com Vice President Paul Carter and Affiliate Program Manager Caroline Temple celebrated their respective fifth anniversaries as name.com employees. I asked them for a few thoughts on their five years’ worth of name.com experience.
What were you doing before you came to name.com?
Paul: I owned my own web and graphics company (in Albuquerque, N.M.), and did some consulting for (name.com) for about six months.
Caroline: Wearing a business suit. I walked entire properties in the rain, snow, and sun in that suit, went to court in that suit, held company meetings in that suit, and welcomed people to their new home in that suit. I was a Property Manager.
It was a great career and taught me everything I know about running a business.
Bearglecorn has expressed interest in creating video tutorials and webisodes. He doesn’t even have a video camera or a YouTube account, but what the client wants, the client gets. I’ll create a video section on his website, but to really give his video content a boost I’m going to set him up with a .TV domain name.
.TV domains are a great way to brand your video content, and with URL forwarding, I can purchase a .TV domain and have it redirect to the video section of bearglecorn.com. bearglecorn.tv will be a lot easier for people to remember than bearglecorn.com/randomlygeneratedwordpressurl. Best of all …