Have you ever dreamed of being the star of your own television show, or creating your own internet series that garners millions of views? Then you’ll need the right team behind you to make it to the top. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is the talent behind the talent, and supports some of the most successful YouTubers in the world; Ziggurat.xyz.
Ziggurat.xyz is a digital talent agency that shares the passion of the content creators they represent. They show that passion to their clients and the world by enhancing the reach of their creators’ digital content and helping them find opportunities to work with leading brands like Google, eBay, DeWalt, and Virgin, as well as by producing content their creators have made through the production side of Ziggurat.xyz.
Just recently, Ziggurat welcomed another notable creator to its family of creators, Gavin Free of YouTube channels The Slo Mo Guys and Rooster Teeth. Ziggurat also helps highlight their creators via their social media @ZigguratXYZ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and even has the Ziggurcast podcast, which you’ll want to check out if you’re a fan of any of their creators.
“We’re a digital talent agency and production studio. Our clients are like family, and the content we support is about sharing and celebrating their passion – from the tips of their green fingers to the pointes of their ballet toes. From A to XYZ.”
– Ziggurat.xyz team
Just as XYZ supports the #GenXYZ community with the resources and global reach of our platform, Ziggurat.xyz is helping the inspiring creators among their family of clients to bring imaginative new projects and digital media to the world.
A personal website is a place where you can let your creative mind run free and share your unique personality with the world. This week we’re highlighting photographer TomRoss.xyz, who does just that, and his work will inspire you to get your own personal .xyz site and start sharing your imagination with the world.
Tom Ross is an internationally renowned photographer who specifically works taking pictures of architecture. Tom puts a unique spin on his architectural photography by capturing people and scenery in addition to rooms and their design, which paints a full story to go along with the architecture itself. Tom has worked on projects for notable clients like Nike, Adidas, and the National Gallery of Victoria, and many of his photographs from these projects are available right on his site.
In addition to his contracted work, Tom recently published a photography and poetry book along with Michael Roper and Stuart Geddes called Among Buildings, which reflects on the beauty of Melbourne. Tom also uses his Instagram, which is memorably branded using his .xyz site url, to share photos from his professional shoots and, in his words, “frequent aeroplane window pictures.”
Having a personal website provides you with your own slice of the internet on which you can build anything you like. If you’re a creative minded person like Tom Ross, then you can fill that space with your work and new ideas, while also using it to brand yourself to the world. Want to claim your piece of the web? Get YourName.xyz today!
Summer is over, leaves are starting to fall to the ground, and the third quarter of 2018 has come to an end. That means it’s time for XYZ’s latest Quarterly Report to give you an in-depth look at all the major happenings from the past 3 months for our registry and the #GenXYZ community.
In this quarter’s edition, see how DNSSEC adoption is being pushed into the online security spotlight thanks to XYZ and Ethereum’s partnership, travel to events around the globe with the XYZ Team, check in on #GenXYZ’s most recent successes, and get all the stats and figures behind another exciting and fruitful quarter for XYZ.
Great design is a major factor when you want your business to stand out from the crowd. There are many companies in the design industry today, though, which can make it difficult to decide on the firm that’s best for you. You can’t go wrong with this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Ocean.xyz, as their UX design has garnered stellar praise from one of the greatest legends in tech.
The business and cultural landscapes that surround us are changing constantly, and Ocean.xyz’s motto as a design company is to create solutions for their clients that will be ready to adapt as well. Ocean.xyz has worked with clients like Swedish appliance making giant Electrolux, upstart knowledge platform QuizRR, and perhaps most notably Dollar Street, which impressed Bill Gates so much he wrote about the company on his blog.
Gates praised the company’s layout of photographs they’d taken showing the living situations of people different income levels, and went through various aspects of the site’s UX that he loved; UX that was designed by Ocean.xyz.
“We like the idea of a new generation of the internet, as it is ever changing. As part of the Time Well Spent initiative we also believe in crafting solutions for our clients that respect digital privacy and push innovation to build a sustainable internet for the future.
When you find a unique approach to an established industry and set out to be different, there’s no telling who might take notice of your hard work. Ocean.xyz proves that if you set out to innovate and push the industry you’re in forward, then your work will stand out and help you rise above your competition.
Want to get started on your road to being recognized by a tech giant? Then register YourBusiness.xyz today and build the next great website that will change your industry.
Fashion is one of the most vibrant, creative, and influential industries in the world. If you want to make it your career, though, it can be an arduous road. If you’re looking for a success story from the fashion industry to inspire you to pursue your designer dreams, then this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is for you: DAMOWANG.xyz.
DAMO WANG was created in 2015 by fashion designer Da Mo and his friend Alex Wang while the two were students at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and a mashup of the pair’s names served as the inspiration for the brand’s moniker. Da Mo had already established himself as a name on the Chinese fashion scene, having worked for 10 years at another top fashion brand and creating his own clothing label ICYSOUL in 2012.
Since it’s launch, DAMO WANG has followed an impressive path to success and popularity. At the Shenzhen Original Design Fashion Show in 2016 and 2017 DAMO WANG was awarded Best Designer and Best Commercial Potential Brand, respectively. DAMO WANG’s styles have been worn by famous Chinese actresses like Han Xue, Liang Jing, and Yao Xingtong. Feature stories covering DAMO WANG’s work have appeared in major press outlets like Sohu.com, Fashion.ef360.com, HaiBao, Fashion QQ, and China SSPP, and have garnered millions of views.
This meteoric rise to the top of the industry is well deserved, and it’s clear the catalyst behind DAMO WANG’s success is their rebellious, forward-thinking attitude.
“By extracting fashion fragments and methods of overlapping, DAMO WANG reshapes the concepts of avant-garde and fashion, while in the meantime reflecting magnificence and sexiness, and bringing back delicacy and elegance. Therefore, it overthrows the over-simple value orientation of traditional designer brands, and creates a brand suitable for women today who have more and more identities.
DAMOWANG.xyz is a window for our customers to understand us more comprehensively and intuitively, to better enhance the brand effect, to acquire business opportunities, and to provide better customer service.
We love .xyz, especially because when it connects with DAMO WANG, the personalized domain is more recognizable, like our consistent brand design style. DAMOWANG.xyz endows our brand with rich meaning and unlimited imagination.”
– Da Mo, Founder of DAMO WANG and creator of DAMOWANG.xyz
DAMO WANG is proof that when you combine your passion with hard work and a clear vision, you can take your career to amazing heights. Once you’re ready to bring your brand online, you can get your own .xyz domain to build a unique and powerful online identity, just like DAMOWANG.xyz.
This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is a treat for both domainers and startups alike. Morgan Linton is an entrepreneur, angel investor, tech fanatic, and domain industry veteran. While many of our readers will know that Morgan has been sharing his thoughts on the domain industry via his website MorganLinton.com, Morgan has always been a passionate member of the startup community. Now, he’s sharing his thoughts, advice, experiences, and more via his new personal blog website Morgan.xyz.
Morgan’s unique perspective has been sought after for years, as evidenced by his appearances at TEDx Rome, on NPR’s Marketplace, in StartupBeat, and many other publications. Now, he’s sharing his insights on the ever changing startup landscape, specifically as it pertains to investing and emerging technologies, via Morgan.xyz.
Morgan took some time to sit down with us and give us a bit of insight into what readers can expect from Morgan.xyz and share a bit about his own personal journey.
XYZ: You’ve had Morgan.xyz since .xyz went live in 2014. Did you have a vision then of what it someday would become?
ML: When .xyz came out I knew that I really wanted to have my first name and, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would do with it. While I wish I could say that I had some grand vision for what it would be someday, I actually had no idea initially. I just knew that I wanted the brand.
XYZ: When did you know that you wanted to devote your career to technology?
ML: Probably when I got my first computer. It was a Mac Classic, and even though it had a black and white screen I still used both Photoshop and Pagemaker on it. I couldn’t get enough – safe to say, I was hooked and I haven’t been unhooked since then.
XYZ: You’ve spent a lot of time in Northern California, basing your business in San Francisco and growing up in Berkley, but your studies and work experience have taken you around the world. Where has been your favorite place to travel? Can you share a unique story from your experiences trotting the globe?
ML: That is a good question and I have an answer that immediately comes to mind – Hong Kong. There is something truly magical about Hong Kong and I have loved visiting the city since my very first trip. The food, the people, the ocean – it has so much great energy and so much going on. It’s safe to say the city has a pulse, and my heart seems to beat at the same rate.
Hmmmm, now as for a unique story, that’s a good question. Here’s one I can think of, not from Hong Kong, but from Italy. My first time in Italy I ordered a pepperoni pizza thinking, “wow this is going to be amazing!” When the pizza arrived it had some bell peppers on it – no pepperoni to be found. I asked where the pepperoni was and they pointed to the bell peppers on top of my pizza. That was the day I learned that, in Italian, I had just ordered a pizza with bell peppers on it. Live and learn!
XYZ: You’ve been an angel investor for 2 years now, can you share an experience that sticks out for you, and some of the things you’ve learned along the way?
ML: Well, my first successful exit this year definitely sticks out. I thought it would be a long time until I ever made any money angel investing, and I actually thought I might lose everything I put in, so that was a nice surprise.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that it’s all about the founders. There are so many people with great ideas out there, but it takes a great founding team to execute on the idea and have the courage to change their idea when something isn’t working.
XYZ: You discuss the future of technology often on your blog and specifically delve into how it will affect the future of commerce. What technological advancement do you see on the horizon that you are most excited about?
ML: Augmented reality is at the top of my list when it comes to technological advancements that I think are going to change all of our lives. Magic Leap is probably the furthest ahead in this space, and it’s clear a lot of investors also believe in the future of AR given the billions of dollars Magic Leap has been able to raise, all pre-launch.
I think it’s going to have a similar consumer introduction as the cell phone. In the beginning people will say, “oh I don’t need that, I can see why tech people would use it but I’m not a tech person.” Then, boom – everyone has one. I can still remember both of my parents telling me, “well I know why you need a phone that does email and has a camera on it, but I won’t ever need that.” Now they both have iPhones.
XYZ: How do you balance your passions like domain investing, traveling, and outdoorsmanship with your startup Bold Metrics?
ML: The simple answer here is that I don’t balance. I’ve learned that focus is critically important to doing anything well, so I put just about every waking minute into Bold Metrics. That means that I don’t spend much time domain investing, traveling, or hiking/backpacking, even though these are all things I am really passionate about.
From time to time I can escape on a weekend and get out in nature which I really love, but outside of that I don’t have much balance. Just ask my friends and family, they’ll tell you – I spend most of my time working. I knew what I was getting into when we started the company and while I know some people who have managed to balance their company and their life, the reality is that most founders have to make their startup their life.
XYZ: When .xyz launched, you predicted it would be popular among startups. Flash forward to 2018, and .xyz has been adopted by thousands of startups from around the world, including household names like MIT (Engine.xyz), Deloitte (Exponentials.xyz), and the co-founders of Skype (Starship.xyz). What did you see 4 years ago helped you predict the success .xyz would have in the startup world?
ML: Once again, it’s all about founders. I knew Daniel before he started .xyz and was always impressed with his passion and drive. I also am a fan of short, easy-to-remember TLDs, and .xyz felt like a domain extension that nobody would forget.
Since Daniel is a successful startup founder himself I knew he would be able to build a brand that startups loved, and it is pretty clear he was able to do that. As I’m learning as an angel investor, bet on the founders who truly impress you. Daniel is definitely one of those people.
XYZ: Do you have any other exciting projects that we should keep an eye out for?
ML: Nothing for now, but you can get more plugged into some of the exciting things we are doing at Bold Metrics on Morgan.xyz!
Morgan’s path to success across multiple fields is a product of his tireless work ethic, his ability to identify trends in tech, and the many invaluable experiences he’s gathered along the way. If you’re a startup founder or budding entrepreneur, Morgan’s advice and perspective can help get you the edge you need to succeed. Just as .xyz is helping the next generation of internet users on the path to success, Morgan.xyz’s “real life” look at entrepreneurship is giving #GenXYZ a guide that can set them on the right track to achieve their dreams.
If you want more insight and advice from Morgan, be sure to tune into XYZ’s Instagram story tomorrow, where Morgan will be taking over in this week’s edition of our #TakeoverThursday series and answering your questions! You can also catch up on any #TakeoverThursdays you missed by clicking the #TT archive thumbnail on our Instagram page.
This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is a special one for all the gamers of #GenXYZ. It’s National Video Games Day today, a day made to celebrate one of the most fun pastimes we have. XYZ has a handful of passionate gamers on our team, and we’ve been excited to get to attend E3 the past two years. So we thought there would be no better way to celebrate our video game fandom than to highlight just a few of the many .xyz adopters in the video game industry!
Virtual Reality gaming is slowly making its way into many homes around the world, but its full potential remains largely untapped. EdgeLab.xyz is pushing VR’s boundaries by using the technology as the base for everything from brand promotion and product presentations to hands on training and in-depth tourism attractions.
The firm has been producing award winning work, garnering first place honors at the Coinbusters Hackathon during Milano Digital Week and being named among Lazio Creative’s 100 Best Stories of Creativity.
One frustrating limitation of VR is the small space you are confined to while using it. Want to be able to truly walk around in the virtual environment before your eyes? Then you want VRTracker.xyz, a camera system that integrates with your VR system to allow you to move around freely in your room, or across multiple rooms, making the experience a more in-depth and realistic one.
VRTracker.xyz claims their system is compatible with every VR/AR headset in the world, and offer demos, developer support, and a forum for users, all on their site.
Many of us who grew up playing video games dreamed of one day being able to design the games ourselves. That dream is a reality for Patty Shannon, a Digital Designer who has molded game and UX design for companies like Aurora44, Storybox, and even the New Zealand chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association.
On his site, Patty shows off his work portfolio and his imaginative personal projects, and shares his passion for gaming, along with personal stories, on his blog.
If you’re just starting your journey as a game developer but you need some help getting past a hangup on, say, character combat dynamics or 3D character modeling, then Invector.xyz is the place for you. They have downloadable assets and tools that work right into your game design, giving you exactly what you need to get past the problems holding you back from creating your visionary game. You can buy products directly from their online store, and get help if you need it from their online forum.
If you love video games and hope to one day make your career in the video game tech industry, then these 4 .xyz adopters can help show you what it takes to succeed and help guide you through the industry. Video games are a lot of fun to play, but there is a great deal of hard work to be done behind the scenes by the people who design and produce the games we love. Have you started working on your gaming project and want to share it with the world? Then get your .xyz domain today and follow in the footsteps of thousands of other gamers who are pursuing their dreams.
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts of #GenXYZ rejoice! Yesterday marks the official launch of .xyz’s inclusion into the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) main network, meaning you can now secure your .xyz name in the ENS and pair it with your Ethereum wallet. This technology was previously available in a beta version but it is now released on Ethereum’s main network, so you can set up your .xyz domain as a custom identifier for your wallet and securely trade or manage your assets using your domain.
Now you don’t have to deal with the hassle of sharing or remembering your long, difficult to remember Ethereum wallet key. With your .xyz domain as your custom wallet identifier, you can easily send and receive cryptocurrency on a memorable .xyz domain, and manage your assets securely thanks to the strength of the DNS backbone and the layers of protection available on your .xyz domain.
After cat videos and online shopping, one of the biggest pleasures we get from the internet is being able to find and connect with a community of other people who share our interests and passions. Diving into your favorite hobby with others makes it even more fun to do what you love, and this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is a perfect example of people gathering online to partake in their favorite activity together: Bicyclist.xyz.
As their domain name implies, Bicyclist.xyz is a place where cycling enthusiasts can come to get their complete fix of all things cycling. Bicyclist.xyz is an online magazine first and foremost, featuring everything from an online version of the magazine to helpful blog series like “Ask the Coach” and “In Practice.” Plus, they’ve created helpful profiles with different destinations, routes, and ride reports. If you really can’t get enough cycling news, you can also listen to their podcast (which reaches riders in over 72 countries) or sign up for their newsletter for the best bike news and stories delivered right to your inbox.
Beyond the magazine, Bicyclist.xyz is also a community that connects riders via a helpful shop locator and the largest online calendar of cycling events, races and festivals in the United States. They have nearly 10,000 followers combined across their excellently branded Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages, and use their social media to share a mix of cycling news as well as content submitted by the bicycle fanatics who regularly read their content.
“The inspiration for creating Bicyclist.xyz was to provide a digital version of our print magazine and cycling event calendar, both available free to the public at more than 500 better bike shops throughout the west coast since 1994. The site itself offers a platform that guides and inspires people to make the most of their time in the saddle.
Our goals for Bicyclist.xyz include reaching more people worldwide and developing improved user functionality for the BICYCLIST Event Calendar, a comprehensive directory of opportunities to join others in organized bike events, races, and festivals throughout the western United States.
We went with the .xyz domain because it provides the best fit to convey and acknowledge the wide variety of pursuits people have when it comes to pedaling across road and trail. The variables of cycling, the x’s, y’s and z’s of road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, route selection, experiential reviews, lifestyle and culture are considered under the broad Bicyclist.xyz banner.”
– Chris Reynolds, Managing Director of Bicyclist.xyz
We come online to get our fill of the things we find most interesting, and it’s even better when we’re able to get that from a community of people who have the same love we do. Harnessing the power of your website to create a special gathering place online is easy, beneficial, and most importantly, fun! Why not get your .xyz domain today and get started creating a space online for your community?
Domain investing is a business almost as old as the internet itself. You’ve no doubt heard about the success stories from the early days of the web and those savvy investors who made millions from selling domains. Now there are hundreds of new domain extensions available and there is a greater supply of valuable online real estate to be bought and sold.
If you’re looking to get into domain investing or have your own portfolio of domain names, here are 5 tips to get your domains found and sold.
You won’t be able to sell your domain if a buyer isn’t seeing it, so it’s recommended that you list your domains on online marketplaces. A few of the most popular domain marketplaces include:
Since you will likely receive more inquiries when selling your domain through a marketplace, it’s recommended you do your due diligence and make sure you verify the interested buyer’s identity. That way you can avoid scammers or bad actors and get an honest transaction when selling your domain.
It’s typically recommended to research historical sale prices of domains with comparable keywords to the domains you want to sell, which can help determine the market value of your domain(s). One service you can use to conduct this research is Namebio.com, which has a searchable list of publicly recorded domain sales and allows you to filter them by keyword, domain extension, pattern, or price.
While length and keyword relevance are strong determining factors in value, the popularity of the extension your domain is on can also factor significantly into the final sale price.
If you’ve put in the work to list your domain in online marketplaces and have expended effort promoting that it’s for sale, you may also want to be sure you set up notification systems so you don’t miss the chance to discuss selling your domain with interested buyers. You can manage your domain portfolio via an excel spreadsheet, or you may want to consider using a software like DomainPunch.com to keep track of your names and offers received.
You can list your contact information on the site, and most online marketplaces have notification features built in, so you may want to take advantage of those as well.
In conjunction with listing your domain on the aforementioned marketplaces, you may also want to consider direct outreach to potentially interested parties. You may consider looking at domain investors who publicly list their domains for sale, and see if you have names matching some keywords they invest in that you can reach out to and offer your domain for sale.
You could also find companies or individuals in an industry related to your domain name and contact them to make them aware the domain is for sale. You can craft a quick email letting them know you plan to sell the domain and that you want to get in touch as you think they may be interested. This kind of outreach can help you connect to buyers in the verticals who stand to benefit most from acquiring the domain you are selling.
If you and your interested buyer have agreed on a price, you may want to use an escrow service for the domain transaction. Escrow services act as a third party that securely establishes a transaction between you and a buyer, passing the domain to them and the purchase fee payment to you. Some escrow services that are offered online are Escrow.com and Sedo.com.
While these guidelines can help you sell your domain at the price you are hoping for, selling domain names can be a very nuanced process and it may take some practice and learning to get a full grasp of the industry. Doing as much research as possible and getting an understanding of the domain selling process is also recommended to ensure you have success in the domain aftermarket.
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