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January 2018 Posts

SoaLee.xyzNetwork Solutions customer (United States)

The community of .xyz adopters is filled with masterful artists from every medium. From famous street artists like Levalet.xyz, to world renowned fashion designers like Goetze.xyz, and even art directors like Xand.xyz who is behind some of Nike and Jaguar’s biggest campaigns. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re highlighting another hugely talented artist who has molded the appearance of some of gaming’s most beloved characters: SoaLee.xyz.

Soa Lee is a Los Angeles based animator who works as a character artist at Naughty Dog, the company behind some of the highest grossing video games of all time, including The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter. Originally from South Korea, Soa followed her passion for animation and computer graphics on a path that led to her completing a Fine Art degree at Hong-Ik University and having her animation featured in popular industry publications like ImagineFX, Digital Arts, and Autodesk.

Now, in her position at Naughty Dog, Soa uses her skills to shape every detail of the characters in The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, giving them the incredibly lifelike appearance these games have become famous for.

“I’m a 3D character artist creating a digital character. Literally, my works exist in the digital world only. To me, online was the first option to present my works to people. My career and fame as a 3D artist have been growing with my personal website. Now, my website has become the most important way I spread awareness about myself.

Having my own domain is like having my own home. Independent, liberated and special.

I wanted to choose a domain which people remember easily. Among all the many other domains, .xyz was the most impressive one to me because it’s familiar to the 3D artist. X, Y, and Z are 3 dimensions which we always move the vertex of the object to. I think my .xyz domain can present that I am related to 3D somehow. My name, .xyz…how perfect it is to me.”
Soa Lee, Creator of SoaLee.xyz

No matter what your passion is, having your own personal portfolio website is the best way to share the work you do with a massive audience. And with the global reach of your own .xyz domain, you can get recognition and gain fans from around the world, just like Soa Lee. If you’re ready to bring your talents to a worldwide audience, then register your .xyz domain and get started building your personal portfolio site today.

Projects.xyzGoDaddy customer (Germany)

Finding a good place to live is a time consuming task, and no one knows the struggle better than us #GenXYZ members. Getting good roommates, choosing a cool location, making sure the place you’re moving into is somewhere you won’t be ashamed to bring a date or show your parents; it can all feel like too much. Fortunately though, this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is here to solve all those housing woes: Projects.xyz.

Creatives, entrepreneurs, and artists alike choose Projects.xyz, a community living space in Berlin, because they don’t just want a place to rent, they want to really enjoy where they live and connect with the people around them. Plus, a room at Projects.xyz comes with some great perks, like a fully equipped kitchen, a PS4 and Apple TV, and everything from towels and sheets to utility fees taken care of so you don’t have to worry about paying for them. But the best feature of living at Projects.xyz is the community you move into, which is filled with awesome people that share your same interests and passion for living life to the fullest.

With plans to expand to other major European cities, Projects.xyz is designed to be a young person’s dream living space. The hard work Projects.xyz put into making their apartments a highly sought after housing option has paid off, as it garnered them over six-figures in funding from real estate company Moravia AG.

“As millennials constantly moving locations for work and study, we always felt that traditional housing did not match our expectations. That is why we have built PROJECTS, a network of co-living spaces where people can stay and share experiences with like minded individuals.

We think .xyz is the domain of the future after Google/Alphabet chose it. It looks cool and it differentiates us from the storm of .io, .co, etc. We chose to get our domain from GoDaddy because we feel they are the leader in the market.”
– Luca Bovone, CEO of Projects.xyz

Projects.xyz connects with their residents in a unique way because its creators know the things they would want when looking for a living space are just what their peers, and millennials around the world, want as well. And Projects.xyz couldn’t be a better domain fit for their business; the home of the next generation of doers and thinkers made its name online with the domain that is the home of the next generation of internet users, .xyz.

Dialex.xyzGandi customer (Malaysia)

You may remember in a #WebsiteWednesday post about a month ago we featured HYPERLAB.xyz, the Malaysian company using Artificial Intelligence to revolutionize customer service and advertising in the rising startup landscape of Southeast Asia. What you might not know, however, is that one of the main tools HYPERLAB uses to assist their clients also has its own .xyz site and it’s own story to tell: Dialex.xyz.

HYPERLAB provides various A.I. services for companies in Southeast Asia to optimize their customer support and advertising outreach, with interactive robot systems that can handle anything from educating customers on health insurance plans to fielding prospective client questions right from an online ad.

But to really understand how impressive this system is, you need to learn about the tools HYPERLAB uses. And Dialex.xyz is one of the most unique, as it understands different dialects and even recognizes spelling mistakes, so unlike other A.I. services it can read that text and give a correct response.

As HYPERLAB CMO & Co-Founder Chris Greenough explains:
“Dialex is a core component of our conversational artificial intelligence platform that helps us process scrambled and nuanced dialects into text for better machine learning. We also noticed that there is a distinct lack of resources for Southeast Asian dialects like Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia, so we released Dialex to give data scientists and programmers better access to these kinds of tools.

The ultimate goal for dialex is to be a powerful developer tool to process and analyse text in every Southeast Asian language in the near future. 65,000 students (Gen Z’ers) will be graduating over the next few years in the region with the skills needed for future AI roles and another 2-3k in the workforce now (Gen X-Y) are expected to complete online courses that also give them the skills. Dialex is built to empower these developers, who are looking specifically into conversational AI.

We wanted to keep a consistent brand domain across HYPERLAB.xyz as well as again, reinforce that Dialex.xyz is a tool for processing languages from a-z.”
– Chris Greenough, CMO & Co-founder of HYPERLAB.xyz and Dialex.xyz

It’s clear that technology is not the only thing HYPERLAB is on the cutting edge of, as they also know investing in #GenXYZ’s talent provides the brightest future for any business. And by keeping consistent branding with their microsites, like Dialex.xyz, HYPERLAB is able to reach the #GenXYZ market with the only domain made for them.

StreetMedicine.xyzNetwork Solutions customer (United States)

If you’re a regular reader of our #WebsiteWednesday series, then you know the positive impact the #GenXYZ community has made reaches as far across the globe as the community itself. This week, we’re highlighting a #GenXYZ member who is changing the lives of people in impoverished regions around the world through medicine: StreetMedicine.xyz.

Dr. Adam Kawalek is a Canadian born physician who now practices medicine in Los Angeles. But Dr. Adam is no ordinary physician, as he is certified in Pediatric and Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster, which are skills he has used to volunteer with disaster relief and capacity building efforts in Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, and Gaza.

StreetMedicine.xyz is the home of Dr. Adam’s forthcoming documentary series “Street Medicine”, and his site features clips from the documentary, the story behind its creation, and interactive photography from Dr. Adam’s travels that help explain what day to day life is like in the countries he has helped.

“I never feel so alive as when I travel abroad. It’s a shock to the senses and for whatever reason it wakes me up. And with zero red tape, I am free to practice medicine in its purest form. For me that means spending time with a patient, challenging my diagnostic skills and learning new techniques and medicines. It’s professional and personal bliss.

Making the decision to create StreetMedicine.xyz as our main online platform, instead of just posting to various social media channels was obviously an intentional decision. We want to reach the largest audience while maintaining (creative) control over all aspects of our work. The .xyz brand complements Street Medicine perfectly. Transparent, pluralistic, and 100% real. Just like the medicine I practice!”
– Dr. Adam Kawalek, creator of StreetMedicine.xyz

If you’re passionate about an idea, and you have the drive and vision, you can harness the power of your own .xyz domain to bring your idea to people around the world, just like Dr. Adam. Keep an eye on StreetMedicine.xyz for the official launch of the documentary, and stay up to date on the best .xyz use cases by following @XYZ on Instagram.

Xand.xyzGandi customer (France)

The #GenXYZ community is full of amazing personalities, and through our #WebsiteWednesday series we’re happy we’ve been able to share so many of them with you. This week we have another inspiring individual whose .xyz site lets you jump headfirst into his mind and see the world through his inventive designs: Xand.xyz.

Xander Marritt is a born and bred Londoner, a supremely skilled visual designer and art director, and the man behind the eye-catching projects you’ll find on Xand.xyz (or as Xander has stylized it, X&XYZ). Xander’s portfolio is packed with some of the most popular names and brands in the world: Adidas, Jaguar, Modeselektor and Thom Yorke, Nvidia, and more. But his passion doesn’t stop once he’s “off the clock”, as Xander’s site also features his own visually stimulating and truly unique original projects, like his exploration themed short film Collision, and his surrealist film about consciousness titled Bananas.

“After graduating and spending a few years in the creative industry, I decided I needed my own space online if I wanted to progress as an artist and freelance creative. Inspired by the full bleed imagery spreading across the web, X&XYZ is an online portfolio with the intent of generating interest in my work both for future collaborations and freelance projects.

I chose to run with a .xyz domain because dot coms are over saturated and it appears to me to be one of the easiest alternatives to say out loud, and to remember. As an added bonus it has great connotations referencing ‘extra content or variables’ and directly relates to the kind of work I do – CG in three dimensions X, Y and Z. I chose Gandi to host my domain as I really like their ‘no bullsh*t’ policy.’”
Xander Marritt, Creator of Xand.xyz

Creative individuals need the space to express themselves, and that’s exactly what Xander gets with his .xyz domain. In addition to being able to get his first name as his domain, he was also able to get the Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest handles he wanted. And, even better, they incorporate his domain name right in his handle (Xandxyz), which helps him spread awareness about his site anywhere he posts right through his username. Want to bring your personality, work, and creativity to a global audience like Xander? Secure your own .xyz domain today and reach a global audience with the domain that’s as open and flexible as your ideas.

Happy New Year #GenXYZ! We hope you’re as excited for 2018 as we are. But in all the anticipation surrounding the start of a new calendar year, it’s important to take time to reflect on everything that was accomplished in the previous one. For all of us here at XYZ, that list of accomplishments is something we couldn’t be prouder of. But we didn’t do it alone, so we want to look back at all the awesome things Generation XYZ helped make happen in 2017.

Major new XYZ initiatives launched in 2017

2017 was a big year for growth here at XYZ. We acquired our 10th domain extension, .Storage, and re-launched it as an unrestricted namespace, which caught the attention of storage businesses and even coverage by industry resources like Sparefoot. Earlier in 2017, after teasing a big announcement for months through our AYDACFU campaign, we launched a new class of 1.111 billion .xyz domains, dubbed the 1.111B® Class. It encompasses all 6 through 9-digit numeric .xyz domains that have been reclassified for alternative uses, and we’ve already seen some very unique examples of active 1.111B® Class sites.

Speaking of alternative uses for .xyz domains, one of our favorite highlights in 2017 was the announcement of the exclusive partnership between Ethereum and XYZ, which allows users to pair their .xyz domains to their Ethereum wallets, making crypto trading and management a simple process through any registrar that offers .xyz. This partnership opens up Ethereum to a whole new audience and gives .xyz adopters an unprecedented new freedom in how to use their domain. Check out a video of Ethereum announcing the partnership at their DevCon3 event below.

Partnerships and events that helped make 2017 great

If you’ve been a regular reader of our monthly event recap blog series, you already know that we’ve visited dozens of countries and countless cities around the globe to spread the word about .xyz this year. We brought the #XYZsquad to San Diego for Comic-Con, then to Downtown Los Angeles for the world’s biggest gaming convention, E3, and they even danced their way onto Austin’s local news at SXSW. And that was just the beginning – they also made pit stops in China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh, among other places.

In addition to making .xyz’s presence known to the public at major events like these, we are also proud to be able to connect directly with the members of #GenXYZ with the help of our strategic partners. Product Forge regularly provides .xyz domains to the innovators who participate in their hackathons, CoderDojo teaches middle school and high school students how to code with their own .xyz domains, and Junior Achievement implemented a new website requirement to their 13-week entrepreneurship classes, which gives high school students .xyz domains – and all the other necessary tools and resources – to build their company’s first website.

.XYZ end users make a big splash in 2017

All of us at Team XYZ clearly have a lot to look back on and be proud of from 2017, but none of it would be possible without the support and passion of all of you in the #GenXYZ community. Your passion is what motivated us to eventually claim two Tech in Motion TIMMY Awards this year, one for Best Tech Workplace for Diversity and another for our CEO Daniel Negari for Best Tech Manager. So below we’re sharing just a few of the many big successes from our end users in 2017:

MIT’s Engine.xyz raises $200 million in funding for new startups

Starship.xyz featured on BuzzFeed News

Waive.Car receives funding on Shark Tank

DropIt.xyz featured in TechCrunch

Dodge creates concierge tracking service on Performance.Cars

We’re proud of everything that the #GenXYZ community and our team accomplished this past year, and we know that 2018 is only going to be better. We have some very exciting new initiatives rolling out this year, so be sure to stay up to date on all things XYZ by subscribing to our newsletter, reading our blog, and follow us @XYZ on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.