Culture

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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A Happy Holiday greeting from the Name.com pets


The humans don’t actually run this place. The dogs do, led by Lobo (the most interesting dog in the world). As you prepare to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, the pets of Name.com have a very special holiday greeting for you:

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Meet the name.com sales and compliance, accounting, and facilities teams


Previously we introduced you to the name.com marketing and customer support teams, and gave you the details of our About Us Video Contest. Today, you get to meet some smaller (in numbers) but equally important teams: Sales and compliance and accounting/facilities.

The sales and compliance team

Let’s hand it over to Sales and Compliance manager Scott McBreen for the introduction:

Ryan and I manage compliance and abuse related inquiries when they involve domains registered through Name.com. Aside from working as liaisons with the different registries in instances where domains do not behave as they should, we also provide assistance to Marketing for TLD promotions, as well as develop pricing when new TLDs are released. We have been friends for more than 15 years and we enjoy terrible movies and the occasional beer at the Bull and Bush pub.

Scott McBreen, Sales and Compliance Manager

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Get to know the Name.com marketing team


Last week we introduced you to the Name.com customer support team with a series of short videos about each team member. They’re seriously the coolest cats in the building.

Up next is the marketing team. I’ll let Ashley Forker, our Marketing Manager, handle the introduction:

Like laser beams and buttercream frosting, the marketing team is an exciting, delicious bunch that works to make every moment a special occasion. It’s a busy place, the marketing pod, as it’s where name.com‘s popular Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts are fed their insatiable diet of non-marketing marketing goodness. That’s the trick: how do you market without marketing? You inform and you get customers involved in things they care about. You’ll see that often with our renowned affiliate programs and the countless campaigns that offer endless customer benefits.

I’m not sure what she’s talking about with the laser beam frosting thing. That sounds dangerous and not at all appetizing. Forker is kinda out there sometimes. Anywho, on to the videos!

Ashley Forker, Marketing Manager

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Get to know the Name.com Customer Support Team


This will sound a bit cliché, but we like to think that name.com is more than just a company. We’re a collection of about 32 people who are here to help you with domains, website, and hosting.

We wanted to give you a little more info about the people who work here—the support reps answering your calls, the development team that keeps adding awesome new features to the website, the marketing team that produces videos and writes blog posts. So we created short videos for each name.com employee.

Today, you get to meet the name.com customer support team. They’re led by Chris Steinbeck, who had this to say about his team:

“The customer support team is not just people answering customer inquiries via a phone call or an email. They are a tight-knit team of great individuals with different backgrounds and experience. They are 100% dedicated to making the customer experience their priority. It is their passion here at Name.com, and they take pride in it.”

Chris Steinbeck, Customer Support Manager

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Go-Karts and barbecue and ice cream and beer? Thanks, Radix!


Top row, from left: Jon Liu, Kristen Pierson, Ethan Conley, Shannon Brown, Nic Steinbach, John Rupp, Kyle Robbins, and Jared Ewy. Bottom row, from left: Caroline Temple, Ashley Forker, and Alex Kehr.

Top row, from left: Jon Liu, Kristen Pierson, Ethan Conley, Shannon Brown, Nic Steinbach, John Rupp, Kyle Robbins, and Jared Ewy. Bottom row, from left: Caroline Temple, Ashley Forker, and Alex Kehr.

A few weeks back Radix announced that name.com was the winner of its “Polaroid a New TLD” contest. Our prize was a company outing on Radix’s behalf. We decided to spend an evening racing Go-Karts at Unser Racing in Denver, and it was awesome.

Unser Racing is no run-of-the-mill, take-a-few-leisurely-laps-around-the-track Go-Karting establishment. When you arrive at Unser Racing, you first go through a 10-minute safety training, and then you get outfitted for your race—helmet, head sock, racing suit, gloves, shoes, the works.

After getting into our racing gear, we headed to the track...

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The Name.com Office Cruiser Bike


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In honor of the New TLD .BIKE, we thought we’d show off another one of the office bikes at name.com. We have a wide selection of green bikes around the office for employees to use to cruise around Denver (in style!). The bike you see before you is a 3-speed Republic Bike Plato Dutch Diamond. It’s a plush and soft ride that allows the rider to gracefully wander the streets while having an indescribable amount of fun.

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