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One-word .CO domains are hotter than ever with startups

No matter where in the world I go, I see a startup branding on a one-word .CO domain name. In July I was in Denmark and one of the top scooter companies there, Wind was branding on Wind.co. Then, I get back to SF and I’m walking to the office, and there it is again, […]

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TIL – 71% of data breaches target small businesses, here’s nine ways to stay safe(r)

It feels like every week some huge company gets hacked and me, you, and everyone’s personal information ends up in the hands of scammers and identity thefts. Until recently I thought that attackers focused on large companies because they have more data…turns out I was wrong. According to Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National […]

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Building a billion dollar business on a .IO domain – Confluent.io raises $125M Series D at $2.5B valuation

I think it’s safe to say that Confluent.io has proven that you absolutely can build a billion dollar business, while branding on a .IO domain name. The company has been on an incredible growth trajectory after raising their Series A round back in 2014 at a $26M valuation. (Source – Confluent) The CEO of Confluent […]

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Bitcoin Plunges; Some Pot Stocks Plunge– What’s Up With This?

Today including… What startups need to know about SEO and domain names; $1bn Sales in 85 Seconds– Alibaba Singles Day sales frenzy surpasses records.. and… The Undeniable Impact of Voice Search on the Future of SEO The Undeniable Impact of Voice Search on the Future of SEO Bitcoin Plunges Below $6,000, Hits New Lows for […]

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Startup Sunday: My thoughts on startup advisors and how much equity to give them

One of the questions we had in the early days of our startup was, first – should we bring on advisors? And second, if we do, how much equity should we give them? Like most things in life, we learned by doing and made some mistakes along the way. Going through Techstars was incredibly valuable […]

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Startup Sunday: Self-driving car startup Zoox raises another $500M

The self-driving car market is heating up and with five major players all competing to get driverless cars on the road, en mass. While you probably know that Uber and Lyft have been working on autonomous vehicles, and you might have heard that Google has something called Waymo, and GM has a Cruise, you might […]

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Breaking: Identity.com acquired by blockchain identity startup

It’s official, blockchain identity startup Civic has acquired Identity.com, and like many startups trying to land their top choice domain, they never thought they’d get it. In fact, that’s a direct quote from the co-founder and CEO of Civic: “I never thought we’d get it.” That’s Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of the blockchain identity […]

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Startup founders – it’s time to be less paranoid about your pitch deck

Mark Suster, one of my favorite VCs (who also has an awesome blog) wrote a great article recently about how the age-old advice to send your pitch deck as a link probably is well, aged, old, and out of touch. This is something that we learned over time as we were raising for Bold Metrics; […]

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Warren Buffett says bitcoin is ‘rat poison’

Today: Warren Buffet, Bitcoin, Emotional Intelligence, Cannabis, Autism, Lawyers, Startups Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work Today: Gen-X, Career, Branding, Monetizing Data, Bitcoin Medical Cannabis Treatment for Autism to Begin Clinical Trials Could clinical trials for a medical cannabis treatment for autism prove

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Must-read article for any startup with a remote culture (or thinking of building one)

I’m a big fan of a remote work culture. Ten years ago it was a challenge to pull off, now it’s becoming the new norm. Thanks to tools like Slack and Zoom, teams can now be distributed and still connect up, look at each other when they talk, and easily share and communicate in realtime. […]

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