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Happy Monday, #GenXYZ! For those of you who have been following the news lately, you’ve seen that CEO and Founder Daniel Negari has been blowing up the media with XYZ. From The Telegraph, to the South China Morning Post, and this morning on Fox Business News with Maria Bartiromo, Team XYZ is everywhere!

Fresh from the studios in New York City, catch Daniel’s interview with the host herself, Maria Bartiromo of Opening Bell:

What did you think, #GenXYZ? Keep your eyes and ears open for even more exciting news that’s coming your way soon!

Let’s hear it for the #XYZsquad! For the second year in a row, the purple people were a major hit with South By Southwest (aka SXSW) attendees. From Graffiti Park to Downtown Austin, the #XYZsquad parkoured across the city during one of the largest conferences that attracts 72,000+ attendees each year from all over the world.

Back-flipping, forward-flipping, photo-taking, and sticker-giving, they covered a lot of ground while explosively (and awesomely) spreading the message that .xyz is for every website, everywhere.

We have tons of footage that we can’t wait to share with you all. While we’re putting our final magical touches on the videos, here’s a sneak-peek at what went down on the streets of Austin:

Were you at SXSW? If you were lucky and caught a glimpse of the #XYZsquad, tell us about it! Tweet us @XYZ, tag us on Instagram, or drop us a line on Facebook. Until next time, #GenXYZ!

Because it’s here! We’re ecstatic to welcome the first addition to our XYZ family, .College. We know many of you have been looking forward to this day, #GenXYZ, and we’re excited to finally bring the new domain and platform for people and organizations of all types to come together for a common purpose.

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For a limited time, trademark holders and educational institutions will have priority access to register their .College domains for free. You heard right. For FREE!

Why are we awarding .College domains at no-cost, you might ask? That’s because, as the registry operator behind the largest new domain extension, .xyz, and CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s innovative vision, our mission is to encourage active usage of new domains by making them easily accessible. It also represents our commitment to protecting brands and building a reputable namespace for all of our domains.

Are you a trademark holder?

Starting today until April 17, trademark holders can secure their exact-match .College domains for free on a first-come, first-served basis before it becomes available to the general public.

Brands can leverage .College domains as:

  • recruitment portals on domains like NYCinternships.College or TechJobs.College
  • training and development sites such as LeadershipTraining.College and TeamBuilding.College
  • a strong marketing tool showcasing product articles, how-to’s, best practices, and testimonials on domains like CookingTips.College and SafeDriving.College

Then beginning on April 20, eligible educational institutions will have the chance to redeem an unlimited number of free .College domains.

There’s so much to .College that we can’t wait to see all the creative sites that will go live, #GenXYZ!

Learn how YOU can leverage .College for your online presence at the newly-launched official site:

Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ! Today we’re going to double-up on our Ws with a special #WebsiteWednesday featuring the amazingly popular #WCW (that’s the hashtag, “Woman Crush Wednesday,” if you haven’t heard yet).

With over 1 million Instagram followers and growing, you can’t miss Julia Kelly, her infectious smile, and her comedic chops across all social media platforms – especially Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat. So what’s next for Julia besides her New York Times Magazine feature, guest appearances on Entertainment Tonight, or even her new comedy series on MTV2?!

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To match her skyrocketing career, she launched JuliaKelly.xyz as her very own personal website for all things Julia. As a social media expert and having a clear knack for connecting with her audience, she chose .xyz as her newest platform to reach her fans.

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“The digital platforms are the perfect way to express my feelings to the world. As I continue to grow, it has allowed me to express art in any form and reach new audiences.”

 

Who’s your “Woman Crush Wednesday”, #GenXYZ? Let us know @XYZ through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and tag #WCW for your mom, sister, or best friend to celebrate the important women around you!

Back in November, Team XYZ interviewed CEO Evi Meyer, the founder behind one of our favorite .xyz sites, uMake.xyz. To catch you up to speed, uMake is the future of 3D design software, providing artists, architects, engineers, and entrepreneurs of all skill levels, a tool to intuitively bring their 3D ideas to life.

With .xyz, we’re driven to connect people, ideas, technology, and innovation – regardless of language or geographical location – through the internet. That’s why we were beyond excited to accomplish just that by co-hosting a workshop with uMake, University of Southern California’s Blackstone LaunchPad, and 3D4E (that’s short for the student organization “3D For Everyone”)!

On February 17, the workshop gathered USC students and faculty to test drive the latest in 3D design software, directly with the uMake founder himself, Evi.

Hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel, Evi kicked-off the event by giving us a little background on his hometown. And apparently, Tel Aviv and LA have a lot in common: amazing weather, beaches, and something all of us Angelenos know too well – car traffic!

After a quick and easy run-through, the students dove right in and started designing away. When asked how the workshop went, Evi answered:

“It was great to have students that study different majors – mechanical engineering, game design, architecture and product design.”

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“[They] were curious and tried the app right away – that’s a good reaction. I liked the fact that they were asking questions and suggested improvements to the app.
Interacting with beta users in real-time is priceless.”

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Are you ready to sketch in 3D? There’s still a chance for you to test drive the beta version! Get ahead of the curve and sign-up now at:

Phew, what a weekend. With Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s NBC debut on Press:Here, it sure was a busy one!

ICYMI, Daniel was interviewed by NBC’s Scott McGrew, VentureBeat’s Dylan Tweney, and Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram on NBC Bay Area’s Press:Here. If you missed the on-air segment, you can catch the lively chat between the four and find out how .xyz came about, who’s using their .xyz domains, how YOU can use a .xyz to build your brand, and more!

How awesome is it to see Daniel on TV?! We couldn’t contain our excitement when we posted this BTS pic on Twitter last week. So be sure to follow us for more behind-the-scene action shots because there’s a lot more to look forward to!

Now back to Valentine’s Day

Did you know that an estimated 14 million Americans were expecting or planning a marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day this year? With millions of proposals, why not share your special story on your very own .xyz website? You can use it as a virtual wedding invitation, or start a blog to share your wedding preparations and post pictures along the way!

To get your domain juices flowing, these dapper catches are still available!

OurSpecialDay.xyz
WeddingAdventures.xyz
AdventuresInLove.xyz
WhyImSingle.xyz
HopelessRomantic.xyz
MyPerfectValentine.xyz
TaylorAndAlex.xyz (get your names!)

Don’t let your perfect .xyz domain slip away by getting these at gen.xyz now.

All the OG #GenXYZ fans know that Team XYZ has been cooking up a much-anticipated cousin to the .xyz domain. Who wants to take an “educated” guess?

You guessed right! The professional-yet-cool extension with an authoritative and commanding presence; the new platform where people and organizations of all types can come together for a common purpose

The .College domain extension will officially be launching into its “Sunrise” phase on March 17, 2015!

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What does that mean? If you’re a brand or trademark holder registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), you can start registering your marks with .College starting on March 17.

Not a TMCH participant? Not to fret. Starting on April 20, .College will enter a special 5-month registration period that’s exclusive for .edu and .ac.uk registrants.

In this “Landrush” phase, educational institutions are welcome to register any names they’d like in the .College space (so if you’re in a research lab, university department, or even in athletics and events for an institution eyeing a .College domain name, get your list of desired .College names going now).

Just think. How awesome would it be to have YourName.College with your resume posted up? Or YourCompany.College for a new recruiting page to attract the best and the brightest to your company? .College isn’t just for your external audience, but also a platform to internally develop your growing workforce with professional tools, classes, and forums.

You can even highlight the current and past seasons’ team success on Football.College, or showcase your ongoing lab or research park’s most innovative recent findings on Technology.College or Sustainability.College.

.College domains will become available to the General Public beginning in September 2015. Keep up with the latest .College news by signing up to Team XYZ’s newsletter here.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the contest launch party at General Assembly – it was a great night of mixing, mingling, and bouncing off amazing website ideas for the contest!

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ICYMI, the night started off with an interactive presentation about the contest with CEO and Founder Daniel Negari. It was followed by lively discussions between designers, developers, curious entrepreneurs, architects, students, educators, artists, marketers, professionals, and authors. There were guests from all walks of life and with one thing in common – their interest in creating a website for their personal or business ideas.

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With the successful launch party behind us, the .xyz Web Design Contest is now officially open to all!

You have until January 30 to register, but don’t wait! Claim that .xyz domain you’ve been eyeing and start designing now. Are you thinking about building your portfolio? Snatch YourName.xyz or YourProfession.xyz. Have a startup idea? How about StartUpName.xyz or Keyword.xyz?

If you begin now, you’ll also have the upper hand and increase your chances of winning that Macbook Air, Xbox One, or Jawbone Jambox!

Learn more about the contest and sign-up today at

 

We all know Vegas is a happening city. The massive CES conference wrapped up, and now it’s the annual NamesCon conference.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current domain, or itching to start your new venture on the world’s most popular new extension, now’s the time to make that move.

On this especially extraordinary Vegas-day, 16 highly-marketable .xyz domains will be auctioned off TODAY, January 13 at 4:30 pm until 7 pm (PST).

It’s a list you won’t believe until you see! Comparable .xyz domains such as deals.xyz, blackfriday.xyz, homes.xyz, and autos.xyz have been sold in the past for $8,331, $1,318, $623, and $543, respectively. And all these names will be auctioned off at no-reserve, meaning, the highest bidder will win no matter what! There’s no minimum bid requirement.

Don’t snooze and get-in on the pre-bidding action now! Here’s the full list of .xyz domains that will be auctioned off at no-reserve:

  • 128.xyz
  • 180.xyz
  • 400.xyz
  • 998.xyz
  • cad.xyz
  • checkout.xyz
  • forums.xyz
  • geeks.xyz
  • location.xyz
  • madrid.xyz
  • mesothelioma.xyz
  • notes.xyz
  • printers.xyz
  • rave.xyz
  • routers.xyz
  • student.xyz

Not in Las Vegas? No problem! You might miss out on some of the live excitement, but you can still bid on these coveted .xyz domain names from the comfort of your home.

First step? Set-up your free SnapNames account and catch all the details for your successful auction. We’ve given you the inside scoop – so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Happy bidding, #GenXYZ!

Innovation is everywhere. Well, almost. It’s not exactly a piece of cake to conjure up the next big thing, but without innovative and disruptive technologies, we’d live in a much different world. Just think: what if we still traveled by horse and buggy, paid for everything in cash, or actually *gasp* had to use pay phones?

Thanks to groundbreaking, industry-shattering new technology, our world has been driven to change as a result of innovate ideas and products that we never knew we needed. That’s why our world looks nothing like the one we just described!

Even just looking back to 1985 in our Past, Present, and Future of the Internet infographic, it’s clear that a LOT has changed. And with 2014 in the rearview mirror, we thought now would be a great time to reflect on just how different things are, and what it has taken to get us to 2015.

What do you think have been the most radical and greatest disruptors in history? Read along to find out what inventions, products, brands, or innovative concepts were deemed worthy to be included in our History of Innovation:

The History of Innovation

1885 – Benz automobile

Before Mercedes-Benz was the luxury brand it is today, Benz and Daimler changed how we traveled forever by inventing the first automobile. How did people get around before that? The train if they were lucky, otherwise there was always the good ol’ horse and buggy.1

1958 – Bank of America credit card

Remember when coin purses were stylish and balancing your checkbook was a thing? Us neither. Thank Bank of America for modernizing the transaction process with the first-ever statewide credit card, which opened even more doors to ways we transfer money, regardless of currency.2

1983 – Motorola cell phone

It’s the one thing you can’t live without and chances are you didn’t even grow up with it. The cell phone, first introduced by Motorola, has been one of the most disruptive technologies for over three decades now. Rotary phones? Aren’t those, like, ironic paperweights?3

1992 – Amazon online shopping

The Dewey Decimal Classification – that’s how we used to search for books. Not sure if the novel was up your alley? Tough luck. As one of the first ever online stores, Amazon revolutionized the way we buy books (and just about everything else), by making it easier to search, read reviews, and get the best pricing from the comfort of our homes.4

1997 – Netflix online videos

Ah, America’s favorite past time. The average customer watches Netflix for 93 minutes per day and consumes 45 gigabytes of footage per month – all for less than eight bucks. Before that, we were begging Blockbuster employees to take our $20 just so we could be the first to rent some movies for a couple days. Times really have changed.5

2001 – iTunes media player

The 8-track, cassette tape, CD, and MP3. Each one was disruptive for being smaller and better than its predecessor, while also being cheaper. In fact, the MP3 was SO cheap that some people were illegally downloading them for free. iTunes changed all that by conveniently offering huge collections of music for just $1 a pop, and people couldn’t get enough of it.6

2001 – Wikipedia internet encyclopedia

Quick – what year did Evan Spiegel found Snapchat? You probably didn’t know the answer, but Wikipedia sure did. Imagine if you had to wait until next year’s encyclopedia to be published to find out. And would it be under “Spiegel” or “Snapchat” anyway? Good thing you don’t have to worry about that with Wikipedia just a free click away.7

2008 – Airbnb social vacation rentals

Booking a family vacation? Hopefully you don’t get sick of each other when you’re cramped in one room and sharing the same bathroom for a week. But what if you could rent a real home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a driveway for the same price as the hotel across the street? Enter Airbnb, the disruptive service that allows anyone to rent out their place without the exorbitant valet rates.8

2009 – Uber transportation network

If there was ever a modern technology that was universally loved and hated at the same time, it would be Uber. This ingenious service has changed how people get around town by hiring certified drivers using their own cars. Not only is it cheaper and more reliable than the average cab, but your personal driver is always just a tap away. No wonder taxi companies hate them.9

2011 – Google Fiber internet service

It never feels like our internet is fast enough, even when we’re dropping some major coin for the service. Google must’ve felt the same way because they started their own internet service that’s up to 10x faster than even the best broadband today, but at a fraction of the cost. It looks like the incumbents noticed, because they’re doing everything they can to slow Google down now.10

2014 – .xyz domain names

We’ve all heard of .com, .net, and .org. Why? Because they’ve been just about everywhere since 1985. And that’s great if you got the domain you wanted back then, but what about the new businesses of the 21st century? Everyone deserves a fair shake at a short and memorable domain, and that’s where .xyz comes in. It’s the ending of the alphabet and the new ending for domains. Best of all, you can pick one up now and still have lunch money to spare.

Was your favorite innovation included? For your sharing ease, check-out the full infographic of the History of Innovation here. We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

Sources:

  1. Daimler AG. (n.d.). Tradition. Retrieved from http://www.daimler.com/company/tradition
  2. Visa Inc. (n.d.). History of Visa. Retrieved from http://usa.visa.com/about-visa/our-business/history-of-visa.jsp
  3. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (n.d.). Cell Phone Development. Retrieved from http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-EN/About/Company+Overview/History/Explore+Motorola+Heritage/Cell+Phone+Development
  4. Amazon.com, Inc. (n.d). About Amazon. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Careers-Homepage/b?ie=UTF8&node=239364011
  5. Roettgers, J. (2014, September 25). Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day. Gigacom, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.gigaom.com/2014/09/25/binge-alert-subscribers-now-watch-more-than-90-minutes-of-netflix-every-single-day/
  6. Apple, Inc. (2001, January 9). Apple Introduces iTunes – World’s Best and Easiest To Use Jukebox Software [Press Release]. Retrieved from http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/01/09Apple-Introduces-iTunes-Worlds-Best-and-Easiest-To-Use-Jukebox-Software.html
  7. Wikimedia Foundation. (2015, January 9). Wikipedia:About. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
  8. Airbnb, Inc. (n.d.). About Us. Retrieved from https://www.airbnb.com/about/about-us
  9. Uber, Inc. (n.d.). The Company. Retrieved from https://www.uber.com/about
  10. Google, Inc. (n.d.). About. Retrieved from https://fiber.google.com/about