Beer Friday Presents: Women Brewers, Beer Domains and People Making Out

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When you’re approached by a fantastic group of women who want you to share in their love of craft beer, you make the most of the opportunity. What we didn’t realize is how much fun Colorado’s Barley’s Angels would be. After some beverages we hatched (brewed?) a plan to infiltrate the Great American Beer Festival Barleys-Angels-Logoat the Denver Convention Center. To say that the GABF is big is an understatement. This year it hosted over 49,000 people and offered nearly 4000 beers. How would we break through the teeming masses and get the word out about Colorado’s premiere group of femme ferments and our brand new .BEER domain name?

We’d listen. That’s right, a trick not completely unknown but is on the verge of extinction.

Our first question was pretty basic.

It was...

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What happens on a Google Doc

At 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.

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 9.38.52 AMWe 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 ...

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The startup culture scavenger hunt

We’ve poked fun at startup culture in recent weeks (like here, here, and here), but we’re not exactly wearing suits and ties and sitting in a maze of cubicles. may not be a true startup these days, but we’ve got some startup tendencies.

1. Interns

Startups love interns. They especially love unpaid interns. But we’ve only got one intern: Alex Kehr*, who brings us coffee and serves as a makeshift footrest for our marketing manager, Ashley Forker. This will look great on his résumé.


*Alex also handles our social media accounts.

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Selling sex isn’t as easy as it looks

We like to give our competition a hard time about selling sex and objectifying women. It’s kind of what they’re known for.

But sometimes we’re willing to climb off our high horse and succumb to the latest marketing trends. We’re willing to sell sex, too. Trouble is, we don’t have Danica Patrick or Bar Rafaeli on our side.

We just have this guy:

The community evangelist in his natural sexy habitat.

The community evangelist and aspiring sex symbol in his natural habitat.

That’s Jared Ewy, our community evangelist. He may not fit into YOUR definition of sexy, but at we believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In Jared’s words, “Sexy is so hot. It’s the flesh, the curves, round things. And nature. I think. Yeah, I think nature is sexy, but I’m not sure how you consummate that…”

I couldn’t have said it better myself...

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The Best Customer Service Can Find Humor Anywhere. Really, Anywhere. customer service and support finds humor customer service and support finds humor.

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Whacking the We: Tips for Improving the Office Environment

The other day I was in trouble. Ashley Forker, our Marketing Something or Other, was relying on me to brand and upload some web hosting tutorials. I was late in getting it done, and once I did I’d forgotten to upload one of the most necessary how-to videos. I received this email:

Jared, I thought we were going to do an outlookexpress.mp4?  Can we get it uploaded too please?

Now Ashley is 400 percent heart and all covered in hotness, so I hate to use her as an example. Especially since she’s responsible for what I call the “Forker Effect,” by which she is so rabidly positive she turns any Debbie or Danny Downer into an upper. Yet it is in this vein of empowering people that I propose we keep our coworkers happy by doing the following: Whack the WE.

The Royal Pain in the Ash.

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There are codes, there are bro codes, and then there are dev bro codes. Yes, here at we developers adhere to a rather strict code of broism. Now, there are many bro codes we live by but for brevity’s sake we will keep this post limited to the first ten, and arguably most important, elements of the entire dev bro codex. So let’s dive right in shall we?

  1. Leave no bro behind when beer is on the line: when a bro goes to lunch and beer may be involved all other members of the dev team must be alerted at once. This rule also applies to tacos, steak and all baked goods. This rule used to apply to the watching of any movie staring Burt Reynolds, Patrick Swayze (RIP), Elisabeth Shue, or Molly Ringwald but those requirements were sadly removed from the codex back in 2009.
  2. When in...
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Website security vs. the real world

The best kind of protection is the one you don’t notice. has some serious muscle behind your website. With SSL Certificates, and the hardest working support team out there, we’ll make sure your site and information is secure.

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Hashtags In Real Life

Something weird happened the other day, someone ended their sentence by saying, “hashtag…”. Well, I don’t remember what the hashtag was anymore but I thought it was pretty funny. Then I thought it was kind of interesting. Then it occurred to me, we should probably use hashtags in our everyday conversations to add a bit of context to what we are saying. Same goes for text messages. Imagine the following text message scenario:

“I just ran into a parked car :(”

“Man, ur such an idiot!”

“Ugh. Why do u have to be such a d!(k about everything?!?!”

Your relationship without hashtags.

Now, the “Man, ur such an idiot!” in this case was a quick off the cuff quip meant in jest, but since text messages more often than not have no context, they are quite frequently misconstrued...

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Beer, Tacos, and Domain Names

(Note from the Blogfather: This entry contains epic images of unicorns and wolves, as well as some cussing.)

I’ve been in this industry for going on thirteen years now. I’ve worked for three different domain related companies and I can say without a doubt that is by far the most down to earth and realistic environment in which I have had the pleasure of being employed. Most of us don’t take ourselves too seriously but we have a good balance of people that do to keep us in check.

We have no illusions of changing the world or of actually becoming the next Facebook (not that we would complain if we did) but we do try our best to make each and every one of our customers lives as wonderful as possible in any way that we can...

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