One piece of advice many of us have heard since we were children is to “follow our dreams.” But following your dreams means pushing through many obstacles along the way, and sometimes those obstacles can be so intimidating you simply stop pursuing your dreams altogether. The founders of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday never accepted defeat on the path to their dreams, and now they are helping the next generation overcome their fears and push for success: Dare2Dream.xyz.
Dare2Dream.xyz is a foundation whose mission is to “improve the quality of life for youth and young adults in order to strengthen our communities both domestically and globally.” It’s founders, Harold “Lefty” Williams and his wife, Shyneefa, know that anything worth having in life is worth working for, and their resilient attitudes have helped them achieve success. Now, they’re committed to teaching that same attitude to today’s youth.
Lefty, a star basketball player who once played for the Harlem Globetrotters, didn’t have an easy path to living his dream. Lefty was a standout player in high school and college, but met his share of adversity; transferring colleges his sophomore year to be closer to his mom during her health issues, playing in numerous basketball leagues in the U.S. and abroad when he wasn’t drafted into the NBA after college, and fighting to regain his passion for the game after his grandfather passed away. Despite the hardships, he held onto his dream to play pro and finally made the Globetrotters roster in 2008. His rise to stardom was even chronicled in an exceptional piece by ESPN.
Now, Lefty and his wife Shyneefa, who both share the same hard-working, never-say-die attitude, are inspiring kids in the next generation to follow their lead and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Through ambassador programs that empower youth and help them develop healthy habits, as well as basketball and fitness camps, Dare2Dream.xyz gives youth the tools they need to push through the obstacles and hardships that stand in the way of their dreams. Dare2Dream.xyz also works closely with Lefty’s basketball team, the Harlem Dreams, which regularly holds charity shows with local organizations and donates 100% of the ticket proceeds to the organizations they are helping.
When it came time to spread Dare2Dream’s message of positivity and resilience worldwide via a website, Lefty knew the best way to do it.
“I made the Dare2Dream website on a .xyz domain because I’m always looking for something different, and .xyz stands out. I teach my kids the ABCs of basketball, so what’s more perfect than getting a domain that ends in XYZ?
People already know the ABCs of what I do, so when I saw I could have my website end with .xyz, I was like ‘That’s perfect, I have to go get that.’”
– Lefty Williams, founder of Dare2Dream.xyz
Staying focused on your goals and pushing to achieve them in the face of adversity isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most satisfying feelings in life. As Lefty and Shyneefa know, you just need the right attitude to make your dreams a reality.
If you’re an entrepreneur in 2019, you’re likely thinking about how your work or business can reach a global network of potential customers and partners. Fortunately, you can take a tip from this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, NathanGao.xyz. Though based in China, Nathan Gao shows how to leverage your .xyz domain to take your work global.
Nathan is a Senior UX Designer at MING Labs, a multi-national design company whose outstanding work has been praised by their many notable clients, including Bosch, Lufthansa, and Mann+Hummel. As for Nathan himself, he has also previously worked on UX/UI design for major clients like McDonald’s, Michael Kors, and Vodafone.
His unique artistic approach can be seen on NathanGao.xyz, particularly in the online campaign he helped construct for Sobha Hartland. Sobha is a an ambitious project aiming to build lavish villas and luxury apartments near the Dubai Water Canal, which is surrounded by 2.4 million square feet of greenery. Nathan helped redesign Sobha’s corporate site and added a new UI that enticed businesses and residents to move into the property.
Though his company may work in multiple countries around the world, Nathan is able to have his work reach each one thanks to his international .xyz domain and his memorable personal website. Stay up on the latest work from Nathan via his LinkedIn, or follow in his footsteps and get YourName.xyz today.
Thanks to digital graphics and design, modern art has been taken to mind-bendingly cool new levels. Our #WebsiteWednesday this week, Rosch.xyz, is one of the most talented connoisseurs of this new illustration technology, and his work with Nike and Redbull is sure to inspire your creative side.
Ronny Schmidt, aka Rosch, is a Berlin based 3D artist who utilizes his skills to create vibrant, captivating animations both for commercial clients and as personal creative projects. Rosch freelanced for years before starting his current position as 3D Director of CATK studio, and his client list includes internationally recognized brands like Nike, Google, Balenciaga, Red Bull IBM, Chanel, HBO, MTV, and Mercedes Benz.
His installation for Nike as part of their Strike Series was a visual exploration of athletes in motion, using suspended 3D blocks to create unique outlines of bodies in action. If you are a music fan, you’ll really enjoy the video shorts Rosch created for Red Bull Music’s 20Before17, which utilizes music production-inspired imagery to paint a picture of the creative process behind music composition. His work for MTV as part of their Grouphug campaign will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, as the video spot celebrates the vibrant color of friendship and sharing.
“My inspiration to create Rosch.xyz was simply to have a nice online portfolio showcasing my work as a 3D artist/director.
The reason why I chose a .xyz domain was mainly because the x, y and z axis play a very important role in my work as a 3d artist – so it was more than fitting to choose this special domain extension.”
– Ronny Schmidt, creator of Rosch.xyz
There are countless creative individuals coming online today that are eager to share their impressive talents and unique perspectives with the world. Luckily for these artists, .xyz is there to help them build a portfolio on which they can broadcast their abilities to a worldwide audience, just as Rosch has with Rosch.xyz. If you’re craving more of Rosch’s work, check him out on Twitter and Instagram. To get started on your creative journey, follow in Rosch’s footsteps and get your personal portfolio started on a .xyz domain today.
Email inboxes can be a major source of anxiety thanks to seemingly endless amounts of spam, newsletters, and subscriptions flooding them daily. Wish you could take back control of your inbox and declutter it without having to sacrifice your privacy? Then get yourself acquainted with this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, LeaveMeAlone.xyz.
LeaveMeAlone.xyz was founded by Danielle Johnson and James Ivings, two self described “digital nomads” with a passion for creating new and useful tech. Their software company Squarecat is replete with innovative apps and services they’ve developed, and LeaveMeAlone.xyz is among their most popular creations. What gave them the idea for LeaveMeAlone.xyz? We’ll let Danielle explain:
“James and I find managing emails a huge drain on time and productivity. Spam emails plagued us daily and we wanted a service which would show all of the email lists we were subscribed to and allow us to unsubscribe easily. We found a few services that would help us for free, but that’s because they make their money by selling all of your data for marketing purposes.
Faced with the dilemma of a messy inbox or all of our data being exploited, we decided to build Leave Me Alone – a privacy focused email unsubscription service. Our main goal is to help as many people as we can to take back control of their inboxes, and hopefully give themselves more time and improve productivity, without having to compromise on their privacy.”
With it’s high usabiliity, low cost, and complete privacy guarantee, it’s not surprising to find that Danielle and James have already met that goal. LeaveMeAlone.xyz has received rave reviews on ProductHunt and Twitter, with users praising the service and recommending it for anyone who deals with inbox clutter.
When asked what the future holds for LeaveMeAlone.xyz, Danielle says “We have plans to support more mail providers than just Gmail, including Proton Mail and Hotmail/Outlook. The next step for growth is to encourage adoption by companies. We intend to implement an enterprise subscription service which would help allow employees to purge their spam emails as often as they like.”
The Leave Me Alone creators also made a wise decision when it came to choosing a domain for their popular services. As Danielle explains, “The .xyz domain is particularly popular within the indie maker community right now. The low price tag allows for an idea to be validated and prototyped in an affordable way.”
Danielle and James count on .xyz as the platform to help their idea reach a global audience, and their product is making a major positive impact by targeting one of life’s biggest and often most overlooked headaches. Keep an eye out for Danielle and James, as they are no strangers to using .xyz domains and will almost certainly be popping up in a future #WebsiteWednesday soon!