Web Summit: It’s a place where CEOs, startups, leaders, and innovators come together to network, drink beer, and discuss all things technology.
We headed to Dublin last week for this renowned event and had a blast interacting with attendees from all walks of life. But where there is work, there must be play, and there was certainly plenty of both. While it’s impossible to sum up the entirety of our trip in a single post, there were a few highlights of our Web Summit experience.
We’re sponsoring Seattle Startup Week next week, and are beyond excited to participate in a week of startup glory with our favorite Seattle-area tech friends. You may be wondering why exactly we decided to sponsor Seattle Startup Week when Name.com is based in Denver. The short answer: Seattle is awesome! The long answer: We wanted to support this Startup Week because of the amazing talent and ambition that the builders and entrepreneurs of Seattle have. The level of excitement and high caliber of ideas that come out of the Seattle area made supporting Seattle Startup Week an easy choice. As an added bonus, our parent company, Rightside, is based in Kirkland, so this is a simple way for us to spread the word about Rightside while promoting Name.com in a fun way.
It’s so nice having someone else tell you about your product. We were at Pubcon in Las Vegas last week and visitors were sharing with us their stories of domain names. Instead of us straining our vocals against the ringing of Sin City, people like Angela St. Julien, who has Brand.Bar, told us these exact words: “Let’s get rid of the hyphens and start moving into the creative side with New TLDs [domain names.]” She even used a geeky term like “TLD.” Our people have arrived.
With recent products like the New Domains, we’re pretty stoked to meet a few exemplary usage cases. But at PubCon they lined up. Adam bought a .ACTOR for a client. Jeremy Chrysler owns Chrysler.NYC. Even former professional wrestling star Ric Flair said he’d love a .ROCKS. People were even suggesting aggregating your social feeds on a .SOCIAL. #Brilliant
If you’ve been keeping up with the Name.com Twitter feed, you may have noticed a whole lot of excitement going on at our office at the end of last week. We invited three Denver-based mom bloggers to hang out with us for the day and shoot an upcoming video—and it was a blast!
Emily Vanek, editor in chief of ColoradoMoms.com; Sarah Vickers, the founder of MooseandTater.com; and Daria Drago, the project manager turned blogger behind MominManagement.com joined us for a day full of filming, pampering, and chatting about how to find internet success.
At Name.com we love seeing people happy. Even if you’re mad, we pride ourselves on turning that angry funk face upside down (pretty sure the frown version of that phrase is trademarked). With Denver Gives Week we got the chance to help with the world’s supply of happy by supporting hundreds of global nonprofits. They converged upon Denver to find out how they can help even more. The Denver Gives logo pretty much says it all.
How can taking a selfie make a difference? We answered that question yesterday when we volunteered at Day 3 of Denver Gives week.
Armed with our cellphones and some KIND bars to give away, we headed to the 16th Street Mall to help promote the #GiveofyourSELFIE campaign, which encourages people everywhere to raise awareness of causes or charities they support.
Hack the Dot came to Seattle last week to bring lots of nerdy goodness to The Emerald City. About 60 people—designers, devs, marketers, bloggers, and a few wayward souls yet to be defined by professional labels—dove into the task of creating a functional web product for a domain name revealed at the start of the event: sandwich.news.
Armed with free pizza and beer, it seemed like participants could accomplish anything … and they did. The teams created everything from an animated talking sandwich to a horoscope that aligns your sign with the sandwich that’s right for you. There was even a Chrome plugin to soften the news with sandwich-related nouns (Cecil the Lion was shot with a pickle, for example).
We’re heading to the Pacific Northwest to host a Hack the Dot hackathon with General Assembly at Impact Hub next week. On July 28, 2015, 80 or so people will come together in Seattle to unleash their magical coding abilities and get nerdy. This is the first Hack the Dot to be hosted outside of Colorado, and Seattle was a natural fit to expand to first. Seattle is a city fueled by tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, and is also home to our parent company Rightside. The people of Seattle are extremely motivated to build products with meaning, and it’s an upbeat and fun tech community.