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Entropy.xyzGoogle Domains customer – (United States)

.XYZ’s blossoming reputation as the domain of choice for crypto and blockchain projects has inspired many remarkably talented individuals to join the movement and launch their ideas on .xyz domains. Facebook Live creator Randi Zuckerberg and venture capital firm M13 founder Debbie Soon developed their community platform designed to embrace and empower all web3 creators on TheHug.xyz. Venture capitalist Kevin Rose hosts his NFT-focused podcast on Proof.xyz, which led to the development of his record-breaking NFT collection Moonbirds.xyz1. Accomplished finance professional Alex Slobodnik created web3 chat platform NftyChat.xyz to foster community amongst ENS users, and chose .xyz because “.xyz felt new and fresh, just like web3.” In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, as interviewed by some of our own LGBTQ+ members of the XYZ Team, we’ll introduce you to Tux Pacific, a trailblazing hacker, cryptographer, anarchist, entrepreneur, and member of the transgender community, who raised $25 million to launch an innovative crypto custodian: Entropy.xyz.
Entropy.xyz
Entropy.xyz is the online home of Entropy, a decentralized crypto custodian aiming to revolutionize the way crypto is stored. The Brooklyn, New York-based startup offers services that specialize in creating a decentralized network harnessing advanced threshold cryptography. TechCrunch recently featured founder and CEO Tux Pacific in praise of raising $25 million for Entropy’s seed round led by technology venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz2. Previously, Entropy.xyz completed a $1.95 million pre-seed raise in January 2022. Learning of Entropy.xyz‘s momentum and Tux Pacific’s powerful individuality inspired us to reach out to learn more.

.XYZ regularly celebrates our diverse community, and we wanted to take this incredible opportunity to bring visibility to Tux and their experience as a member of the transgender community. Representation matters in so many ways. It can serve as an opportunity for marginalized people to find community support and validation. If there are other members of the transgender community looking to make their way in tech, perhaps getting to know more about Tux can help encourage them. Additionally, exposure through media representation (including this #WebsiteWednesday) can aid in the reduction of stereotypes of marginalized groups, like the LGBTQ+ community. We applaud when someone who has the opportunity to represent their identity group, especially within the field of tech, makes conscious efforts to use their influence to remind others that their communities not only exist, but are doing great things. We are appreciative of Tux for taking the time to speak with us.

XYZ: You recently expressed to TechCrunch that you’re accustomed to forging your own path, and lacked relatable role models while you were growing up. What advice would you offer to a member of the LGBTQ+ community who may feel alone or isolated, but is looking to forge their way in tech?

Tux: Kill your idols. Be so unique that they can’t look away or forget your name. We stand on the shoulders of giants who all carved their own paths in eccentric loneliness. Your eccentricity is what will force you to carve your own path, but it will also attract similar eccentrics who will make that easier.

XYZ: That is powerful. Many people give up safety in order to live their most authentic and eccentric lives, and it can be a bold move to make. Sometimes it is necessary for survival, and sometimes it is born out of the urge to be the change. Did you set out hoping to become that role model that you never had yourself? Or was it an added bonus?

Tux: I don’t really want to be a role model. I’m almost certain that those who may look up to me will find themselves disappointed by many things. I set out with my own personal aspirations and I am seeking to accomplish them. I suggest others do the same with or without my inspiration

XYZ: The term role model is something that can carry additional weight and expectations. Representation is often just as valuable. Simply being visible and sharing information about your own path can make such a difference. We’re grateful that you chose to share more of your story with us! Are you comfortable sharing if you’ve faced any particular pushback as a founder, related to being trans or having they/them pronouns? Speaking of – have you seen Pronouny.xyz?

Tux: I have seen Pronouny — it’s a very cool project! The only pushback I’ve received, thankfully, are various bits here and there of transmisogyny. When you’re in a position of power (which so few trans people find themselves in), you will find that the other common inhabitants of power begin to warp their perception of reality to your own in a game of mimicry to either impress or otherwise get something from you. Whether or not they truly believe in your liberation and freedom is a different topic. I would suggest to other trans founders that they try and find similar positions of power to inhabit such that it becomes nonoptimal for folks to give them any “pushback.”

XYZ: For those that are not familiar, the term transmisogyny is a form of discriminmation, harassment, contempt, and other negative experiences directed at and experienced by trans women and transfeminine people. We have listed some resources at the bottom of this post that are tech communities centered around supporting LGBTQ+ groups, which can be of help when combating these experiences. Were you motivated by anyone/anything in particular during the ups and downs of the journey to becoming a founder?

Tux: My biggest inspiration is my favorite poet – an Anarchist from Italy by the name of Renzo Novatore. His poetry has delivered me from the most trying of times. Renzo’s poetry has been so influential that I have taken his name as my own – Tux Novatore Pacific. The words of Bell Hooks (RIP) have also been quite impactful.

XYZ: We learned from the Techcrunch article that you previously worked at cryptography network NuCypher, where you acquired advanced cryptographic techniques. You then applied these techniques to your innovative crypto custodian. Can you tell us how you first became interested in crypto?

Tux: I started off in the hacker space. You know the folks at DEFCON, HOPE, etc. Naturally, I became interested in privacy very young. I got intrigued by encryption and cryptography. Shortly after being hired for my first software engineering gig, I met a sysadmin who happened to have a degree in mathematics. He showed off some cryptography-related math (actually Shannon’s Entropy equation, which I now have tattooed on my wrist) and it was all downhill from there. The obsession began.

XYZ: For some reason, the word “Entropy” is giving us Bill Nye vibes. We know that “Entropy” means a lack of order or predictability – How did you land on that name?

Tux: In cryptography, we require that keys be random (or unpredictable), which we would say “a key is of high entropy” should that be the case. In fact, we can measure the amount of randomness via Shannon’s Entropy equation. I settled on the name Entropy because of the relation of Shannon’s Entropy to threshold cryptography and distributed key generation, and also due to my history with it as my sort of rabbit hole moment with cryptography.

 XYZ: $25M in funding is quite a feat. Was there anything that you did or were exposed to that you felt prepared you to push through the hurdles to get this funding?

Tux: My preseed raise haha. Fundraising is hard, but only in an annoying way. If you have a solid idea, with a solid team, and a solid vision, then the convincing part isn’t difficult – it’s the social, emotional, and logistical parts that are difficult. Having gone through the preseed, I knew what to expect and how to execute better. It definitely prepared me for it. Additionally having a mentor to help guide you through things makes things so much better.

My advice to any other would-be founders is to find a fundraising buddy – someone who is raising money at the same time as you, perhaps in a similar field or even tech. Your fundraising buddy should be willing to help you with some hurdles, and you should be willing to help them with some hurdles. It’s all about cooperation.

XYZ: What factors, if any, contributed to your decision to build on .xyz?

Tux: For whatever reason, crypto has decided that .xyz domains are ours. For us, the .com wasn’t even interesting. I immediately purchased Entropy.xyz the moment I decided on the name.

Many thanks to Tux for speaking with us, and allowing us this opportunity to learn of their experiences. You can learn more about Tux’s crypto custodian startup by joining the Discord, following the company on Twitter, or by visiting Entropy.xyz.

For additional assistance and support for LGBTQ+ in tech, please consider the following resources:

TransTech
Lesbians Who Tech & Allies
LGBTQ in Technology
QueerTech
Out in Tech
LGBT Tech
oStem
StartOut

1https://www.yahoo.com/video/moonbirds-shatter-opensea-records-240m-170054768.html

2https://techcrunch.com/2022/06/08/the-trans-queer-anarchist-crypto-founder-seed-round-a16z-andreessen-horowitz/

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

The diverse .xyz community consists of innovators, dreamers, and makers from different backgrounds, lifestyles, social experiences, races, and religions. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll proudly introduce you to some inspiring websites in the .xyz community that explore and celebrate Black culture.

Artist Gossamer Rozen uses Grelysian.xyz to showcase unique collections of cultural NFT art

Grelysian.xyzSquarespace customer – (United States)

Grelysian.xyz is the online home of Gossamer Rozen (a.k.a grelysian), a self-identified transgender, nonbinary, femme, Filipino, and Black fine artist and tattooer. The New York-based artist has been making art primarily to understand their identity and to examine and connect with the world around them. Popular NFT-focused podcast Proof.xyz featured Gossamer on the June 2, 2022 episode. In the episode, host and venture capitalist Kevin Rose joins Gossamer for the live minting of Tigerbob, their collection of 1,000 NFTs made from handmade tiger designs.

Grelysian.xyz

Grelysian.xyz

Gossamer has created culturally-focused NFT projects such as Mrammou, a collection of hand-drawn NFTs in the form of animals, objects, and humans. According to the website’s description, these small drawings, made entirely by hand, are created with colored pencil and ink on paper. They are interpretations of Akan gold weights, which were cast in brass and used as a measuring system for gold dust, the currency used by the Akan people of West Africa for 500 years. Gossamer shares that they were inspired by this tradition, and have been exploring their African heritage and learning about the culture of their ancestors. You can learn more about Gossamer by following them on Twitter and Instagram, listening to their Proof.xyz interview, and by visiting Grelysian.xyz.

Lifestyle digital platform TheCulture.xyz informs and entertains Miami’s BIPOC community and beyond 

TheCulture.xyzGoDaddy customer – (United States)

TheCulture.xyz is the online home of digital lifestyle platform The Culture. The platform is the product of Miami-based media agency Hip Rock Star Advertising, which is aimed at producing forward-thinking content to reach the BIPOC community. Readers can be informed by articles on everything from national and local Miami news, music, fashion, events, and lifestyle.

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TheCulture.xyz

The Culture shares important national news, such as President Biden’s appointment of Karine Jean-Pierre as press secretary, making her the first Black woman to serve in the role, and local Miami news, such as the announcement of The Juneteenth Experience, a multidisciplinary, immersive performance scheduled to take place at the historic North Beach Bandshell. The informative and entertaining platform also promotes its live-streaming program My Two Cents, which presents news, entertainment “and everything in between for the culture.” You can catch My Two Cents every Friday at 6PM on their YouTube channel. TheCulture.xyz makes it easy to stay up to date via their branded social media. They have chosen matching handles across Twitter @TheCultureXYZ, Instagram @TheCultureXYZ, and Facebook @TheCultureXYZ, which makes them easily discoverable and promotes their website URL right in the handle. You can read more about this helpful technique in our latest XYZ Quarterly. Learn more by visiting TheCulture.xyz.

Collaborative NFT project TheBlackArts.xyz amplifies BIPOC creativity in web3

TheBlackArts.xyzGoogle Domains customer – (United States)

TheBlackArts.xyz is the online home of the Black Arts Project (BAP), a curated NFT project aimed at celebrating and supporting Black creativity in the web3 space. BAP is a collaboration with established and new Black artists in the design, music, and art fields designed to create exclusive and innovative NFT collections that will be used to support Black causes.

TheBlackArts.xyz

TheBlackArts.xyz

The Black Arts Project officially launched on March 1, 2022. The project’s first collaboration is with artist Aurélia Durand, illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book This Book is Anti-Racist. The collaboration features a collection of 10,000 unique generative NFT artworks that will launch TheBlackArts.xyz’s mission to create an inclusive web3 creative community harnessing the power of the Black Arts. For more information, follow the project on Twitter, Tik Tok, and Instagram, join the Discord, or visit TheBlackArts.xyz.

Websites such as Grelysian.xyz, TheCulture.xyz, and TheBlackArts.xyz demonstrate the importance of merging community and culture into tech. We are inspired to showcase these platforms that are paving the way for the next generation.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Paper.xyz –  Google Domains customer – (United States)

The .xyz community is home to more and more innovative platforms aimed at making web3 a comfortable space for everyone. Community platform TheHug.xyz is aimed at developing a more equitable web3. Social networking platform Prysm.xyz works to connect amateur and experienced crypto investors. NFT-focused podcast Proof.xyz provides insightful coverage on web3 developers, new NFT platforms, established creators, and emerging artists. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a San Francisco-based payments processing company aimed at helping developers, creators, and brands accept payment for NFTs using credit cards and cross-chain cryptocurrency: Paper.xyz.

Paper.xyz

Paper.xyz is the online home of Paper, a crypto-focused payments processing company working to address the challenges around the user experience for non-crypto natives in the web3 space. The innovative platform has developed a checkout flow that works with credit cards and supports users without crypto wallets to make buying, using, and holding NFTs easier for everyday customers. Shortly after launching, Paper.xyz closed a $7.3 million seed round after a $2 million angel investment, for a total investment of $9.3 million.1 The round was led by VC firms Electric Capital and Initialized Capital with participation from leading video game live streaming service Twitch and event management and ticketing website Eventbrite. Paper.xyz aims to use this new capital for hiring, expanding the wallet’s infrastructure and security and making the product usable across more blockchain networks.

Paper.xyz

The payment platform allows users to create wallets through their email addresses and purchase NFTs with credit cards across the Polygon, Ethereum, Solana, and Avalanche blockchain networks to provide non-crypto consumers a “frictionless” bridge for entry into the marketplace. In the future, Paper.xyz will roll out a software development kit (SDK) intended to support the capability of brands and developers to build a custom checkout experience. Users will be able to create a branded environment for the Paper wallet so it only displays the NFTs for that brand, as opposed to displaying all the different NFTs you own.

In the past few months, Paper.xyz has worked with various bands and artists. In April 2022, Paper.xyz helped digital media brand and YouTube collective Yes Theory on a new NFT project aimed to help fund the release of their feature film documentary Iceman.  Fans of electronic music producer, DJ, and musician deadmau5 can mint NFTs from the artist’s head5 collection via Paper.xyz.

Paper.xyz was co-founded by James Sun, a former product manager for leading video game live streaming platform Twitch. As James explained to us, “​​We chose to build on .xyz because the domain represents a new wave of web3 companies, and a lot of the great names have not been squatted by individuals/companies who don’t intend on using it to build a great product.”

As more individuals are familiarizing themselves with the web3 landscape, forward-thinkers like James are helping make the venture less intimidating. You can learn more by following the platform on Twitter and by visiting Paper.xyz.

1https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/10/polygon-among-9-3m-investment-in-paper-to-help-onboard-nft-buyers-via-email/

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

XYZ Registry Domains Report - May 2022

May 2022 Highlights

  • Nearly 200 premium XYZ Registry domains were registered*
  • Most popular TLDs in premium sales: .XYZ, .LOL, and .Mom
  • Most popular TLDs in standard sales: .XYZ, .LOL, and .Pics
  • Highest premium sales: Fade.xyz, 777.xyz, AV.xyz, EN.xyz, Energy.xyz, Kids.xyz, KL.xyz, MJ.xyz, MW.xyz, OG.xyz, PB.xyz, TL.xyz, TM.xyz, WM.xyz, YN.xyz, Smart.Baby, X.Baby ($3,000 MSRP)
  • Highest aftermarket sale: SportsBet.xyz at $103,910
  • Notable market influencer and tech VC Kevin Rose purchased Oddities.xyz for $9,888 for a new NFT project
  • Aftermarket sale Taiko.xyz for $39,888 purchased by an Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution
  • 5 letter and 6 letter domains accounted for 20% of the .xyz aftermarket sales reported at NameBio
    • Aftermarket sale Pixels.xyz for $74,980
    • Aftermarket sale Taiko.xyz for $39,888
    • Aftermarket sale Bebop.xyz for $39,888
    • Aftermarket sale Scalar.xyz for $12,654
  • Worldwide companies and individuals launched their websites on premium XYZ Registry domains
    • Premium domain OG.xyz ($3,000 MSRP) registered by an NFT platform
    • Premium domain YB.Makeup ($1,000 MSRP) domain upgrade registered by a makeup brand, upgrading from YBMakeup.com
    • Premium domain TFB.xyz ($350 MSRP) registered by an NFT collection
    • Premium domain Kim.Mom ($200 MSRP) personal website registered in time to wish their mother a Happy Mother’s Day

Discover a curated selection of available .xyz domains with our .xyz premiums, .xyz numbers, and CNOX search tools.

* Premium XYZ Registry domains refer to premium domains for extensions with standard and premium domains, and XYZ’s premium namespaces such as .Cars, .Storage, .Tickets, .Security, etc.

** High/Low priced premium domain. Domains in this tier have a premium price for the first year, but renew at standard pricing. All other premium domains have annual premium renewal fees.

XYZ Registry Domains Report – May 2022

Top 20 Premium XYZ Domains Registered

(not ranked)

777.xyz Pro.Makeup**
TM.xyz Therapy.Hair
A1.xyz SMH.LOL
Goo.xyz WBD.Audio
Other.xyz NFTs.Mom
0c.xyz** Top.Autos**
B5.xyz ENS.Pics
Cards.xyz X.Baby**
One.Homes Games.Quest**
Fly.Game Loan.Boats**

More Standout Premium Registrations

Drive.xyz FTX.Game YB.Makeup
Freddie.xyz Ace.Game Mi.Autos
Housing.xyz Hot.Game Bit.Flowers
Milky.xyz** Eva.LOL ThankYou.Mom
CFG.xyz** BTW.LOL Terra.Mom
Bot.Christmas STFU.LOL TLDR.Mom
Cleveland.Homes** Working.LOL Free.Pics
Seven.Homes** Perfect.Mom Trade.Pics
Select.Homes** More.Autos** Perfect.Pics
Hotel.Homes** Smart.Baby** Truck.Rent

May .xyz Aftermarket Overview

(source: Namebio.com)

Total dollar value: $475,701.00
Average price: $3,576.70
Low Price: $100.00
High Price: $103,910.00
Maximum SLD characters: 18
2C – 1 (0.75%)
3L – 4 (3.01%)
4L – 10 (7.52 %)

Top 10 XYZ Domains

(Ranked by volume)

  1. .xyz
  2. .LOL
  3. .Pics
  4. .Mom
  5. .Beauty
  6. .Hair
  7. .Quest
  8. .Monster
  9. .Autos
  10. .Skin

Top 10 .xyz Premium Domains Registered

(Price listed is MSRP)

  1. 777.xyz – $3,000
  2. AV.xyz – $3,000
  3. EN.xyz – $3,000
  4. Energy.xyz – $3,000
  5. Fade.xyz** – $3,000
  6. Kids.xyz – $3,000
  7. KL.xyz – $3,000
  8. ML.xyz – $3,000
  9. MW.xyz – $3,000
  10. OG.xyz – $3,000

Top 10 .xyz Aftermarket Sales

(source: Namebio.com)

  1. SportsBet.xyz – $103,910
  2. Pixels.xyz – $74,980
  3. Taiko.xyz – $39,888
  4. Bebop.xyz – $39,888
  5. Territory.xyz – $39,888
  6. Roundtable.xyz – $35,000
  7. Croissant.xyz – $14,888
  8. Scalar.xyz – $12,654
  9. Oddities.xyz – $9,888
  10. Woofer.xyz – $9,888

Islands.xyzGoogle Domains customer – (United States)

Innovative blockchain-based platforms with common goals of ushering more people into the web3 space are taking residence in the .xyz community. NFT studio BCL.xyz seeks to empower creators and brands as they make their way into the web3 landscape. Web3 platform Mojito.xyz designs and operates Ethereum-compatible NFT marketplaces, games, and communities. DAO-governed Universe.xyz helps artists mint NFTs and launch community-driven NFT universes. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a Los Angeles-based platform aimed at initiating content creators into the world of NFT-focused communities and enhancing the experience of already established web3 citizens: Islands.xyz.

Islands.xyz

Islands.xyz is the online home of web3 startup Islands, launched by fellow Forbes Under 30 list alumni Tiffany Zhong1 and Nikhil Srinivasan2. Tiffany and Nikhil also co-founded marketing agency Zebra Intelligence, designed to help brands understand the interests of Gen Z. Their aim with Islands.xyz is to populate web3 with more people, specifically web2-based content creators. Islands.xyz works to bridge talent from web2 internet companies, like prominent social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, over to web3’s crypto, NFT, and other creator-focused projects where individuals can take ownership of their content, curation, and commerce. Venture capital firm Seven Seven Six, led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, invested $3.5 million3 to help launch Islands.xyz.

Those who are interested in becoming members of Islands.xyz can request a user name and provide an email for an invitation as well as the address of a digital wallet to connect while signing up. Once onboarded, members will be able to trade NFTs directly within Islands.xyz, create new projects called “Islands” within its Discord server, and mint new NFT projects. They can also share their “Islands” with the communities they create. The platform has built profiles for members to share their online identity with the world, token-gated communities to help find like-minded members, and a storefront to easily buy the NFTs needed to join communities of interest. Islands.xyz aims to simplify the community creation process by removing much of the potentially confusing crypto aspect.

Islands.xyz

Since launching at the end of November 2021, Islands.xyz has been steadily building the platform and its available tools with safety, simplicity, and ease of use as top priorities. In May 2022, the platform added links and embeds with rich content previews, as well as enhanced security features. For example, after users click a link on Islands.xyz, there is a pop-up message asking to confirm the destination before redirecting. Islands.xyz has also revamped their Discord. Members can now access the following useful channels:

  • #announcements – product updates, team news, and upcoming events
  • #townhall – bi-weekly updates from the Islands.xyz team
  • #general – discussion about all things web3
  • #intros – where members can introduce themselves and greet other members

We are inspired by Tiffany and Nikhil’s aim to help bring web2 talent over to web3. Much like .xyz gives the next generation of internet users the opportunity to brand themselves on a global domain, Islands.xyz seeks to empower people to create culture and community in their own corner of the web3 landscape. It’s a great fit. You can learn more by following the platform on Twitter @IslandsXYZ, joining the Discord, and visiting Islands.xyz

1https://www.forbes.com/profile/tiffany-zhong/?sh=2ca3b23b1d82
2https://www.forbes.com/pictures/5be5b8d54bbe6f78bda781d9/nikhil-srinivasan-25-l-al/?sh=5a0433201465
3https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/islands-1881

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

We’re extremely proud to be celebrating the 8th anniversary of .xyz’s launch and the amazing .xyz community that has developed over the years. With over 4 million registrations, .xyz surpassed .info in 2022, becoming the #4 generic domain ending. To put this meteoric rise into perspective: at 8 years old, .xyz is only trailing 3 generic domains from the 1980s.

.XYZ community members are pioneering innovative technologies, creating influential works of art and entertainment, and developing projects designed to make a positive impact on the world. .XYZ remains a top choice for those that value freedom and versatility online – especially true for the rapidly growing blockchain community. This year TechCrunch took notice of .xyz and published an article on the web3 popularity of .xyz titled “WTF is .xyz?

We asked a few of our blockchain end-users to share their thoughts on xyz:

Agora DAO co-founder Réka of Agora.xyz stated:

“​​We chose .xyz because it symbolizes decentralization and the new wave of web3 applications.”

Tech entrepreneur Ryan Junee (Ryan.xyz) shared:

“.XYZ is popular with technologists, particularly in web3, and sends a subtle message of being ‘in the know’. I personally chose .xyz because I wanted an ENS domain that was also publicly accessible in the browser (unlike .eth) and .xyz was the first to support this.”

Web3 chat platform NftyChat.xyz CEO Alex Slobodnik shared:

“.XYZ felt new and fresh, just like web3.”

We’re equally supportive of the blockchain community, and thoroughly enjoy seeing all of the innovative ideas being launched on .xyz. Along with web3, there are exciting accomplishments happening on .xyz in diverse markets all around the world. Highlighted here are a few websites that stood out to us this year:

Notable market influencers

  • FOX Entertainment’s NFT studio BCL.xyz, which partnered with Dolly Parton to launch “Dollyverse,” an audience-focused web3 experience that debuted at 2022’s Austin-based film and music festival South by Southwest (SXSW).
  • Venture capitalist Kevin Rose’s NFT-focused podcast Proof.xyz, which led to the development of his utility-enabled NFT collection Moonbirds.xyz.
  • Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki’s NFT community A0k1verse.xyz, whose members can gain exclusive access to live and virtual concerts.
  • Financial services-focused Block.xyz (formerly Square, Inc.), which officially rebranded on December 10, 2021 to acknowledge their growth beyond their Square product, and to signal their intention of expanding their roster of products and services.
  • Paramount’s experiential NFT marketplace StarTrek.xyz, whose debut collection of algorithmically-generated starship NFTs sold out in just minutes of being released.
  • Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Otherside.xyz, a metaverse-based game where players can turn their NFTs into playable characters.

Innovative blockchain pioneers

  • Mirror.xyz, a publishing platform that provides tools for writers to crowdfund their projects through the sale of NFTs..
  • Paradigm.xyz, a web3-focused venture capital firm co-founded by Forbes-featured billionaire Fred Ehrsam, who announced a record-breaking $2.5 billion venture fund.
  • Manifold.xyz, an NFT platform where Jay-Z and other web3 creators  mint their digital assets with baked-in smart contracts.
  • Crypto music publishing platform Sound.xyz, which raised $5 million in a seed round led by the a16z Crypto division of technology venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Davatar.xyz, an online platform which helps you to create a unique avatar for all of your digital wallets and crypto websites that make up the web3 ecosystem.

Arts and entertainment tastemakers

  • Content creator Sarah Wohlner’s recipe blog SaltandPepper.xyz, which attracts fans and visitors from Sarah’s popular Tik Tok account with over 748K followers and over 14M likes.
  • England-based 3D designer, artist, and software instructor Erindale.xyz, whose design work was selected and immortalized on leading 3D computer graphics software Blender’s splash screen.
  • Crypto culture pioneer and artist Karsen Daily’s 27Times.xyz, a collection of original poetry minted on the Ethereum blockchain and sold as NFTs over a 24 hour, no-minimum, no-reserve auction.
  • Australia-based digital artist Serwah.xyz, who was selected to be part of Sotheby’s curated NFT collection, Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale.
  • Virginia-based Creative agency ArtsandLetters.xyz, whose widely viewed Google Assistant’s Home Alone Again media campaign received over 36 million views in 24 hours and became the number one trending video on YouTube.

Inspirational changemakers

  • ForceofNature.xyz, a youth-led nonprofit organization empowering Gen Z to step up in the face of climate crisis.
  • SuperstarX.xyz, a multimedia collective aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences, with a goal of connection and eradicating oppression.
  • Fingerspelling.xyz, an educational resource created by nonprofit organization American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) to help families of deaf and hard of hearing children learn American Sign Language (ASL).
  • TheHug.xyz, a women-led community platform aimed at developing a more equitable web3 landscape.
  • Kindling.xyz, a nonprofit organization that works to remind the world that humanity is beautiful, with hopes of transforming cynicism and despair into possibility and action within young, potential changemakers.

We greatly appreciate the support of our partners who have helped us achieve a truly global reach, empowering everyone around the world to find their own .xyz. Thanks to our global network and their customers, worldwide adoption has made .xyz a top choice for over 4 million domains and counting. Partners like GoDaddy, Namecheap, Onamae, Alibaba, and many more have all helped deliver the message that .xyz truly is “for every website, everywhere®.”

Eth.xyz and Blockchain

The .xyz blockchain community has grown exponentially since XYZ first worked with the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) to enable ETH wallet pairing with .xyz domains. The growth was noticed by TechCrunch writer Anita Ramaswamy, who published an article titled “WTF is .xyz?” To keep supporting the innovative blockchain community, this year we developed another web3 project called eth.xyz, a service aimed to help ENS users share what they want with the world. With eth.xyz, we enabled all .eth name holders to display their ENS profiles in all web browsers with .xyz. The ENS profiles serve as a hub for all the important public information connected to an .eth name, such as NFTs and wallet addresses. To use it, just add “.xyz” to the end of any .eth name in any web browser and the corresponding ENS profile will display (i.e. Maaria.eth = Maaria.eth.xyz).

We are constantly in awe of the many forward-thinking web3 developers launching their projects on .xyz domains and can’t wait to see the new ideas that come to life in the year ahead.

XYZ got .Game, and so much more

In March 2022, we introduced 10 more domain endings in the XYZ family: .Game, .Guitars, .Audio, .Christmas, .Diet, .Flowers, .Hosting, .Pics, .Mom, and .LOL  These new additions bring our Registry’s total offerings to 33! 8 years in, and our commitment to versatility remains strong. You can use this diverse range of domains to establish your brand online and signify your devotion to your community.

Brands, individuals, and organizations all over the world are already using .Game, .Guitars, .Audio, .Christmas, .Diet, .Flowers, .Hosting, .Pics, .Mom, and .LOL to build their websites and establish their brands online:

  • Metaverse-based Webb.Game is a blockchain game where players can use their NFTs as in-game avatars and pets.
  • High-end microphone and headphone brand Austrian.Audio creates professional audio tools for sound engineers, musicians, and content creators.
  • Guitar shop Max.Guitars carries new and used instruments from the leading guitar brands.
  • Canada-based Christmas show Laberge.Christmas shares the details of their computer-animated light show on its seasonal website.
  • Australia-based floral designer XavierNicolle.Flowers offers floral design services for weddings and special events.
  • Recipe database MyHealth.Diet aims to benefit health with the power of proper nutrition.
  • Web hosting service provider Touchstone.Hosting aims to make their customers’ websites fast, reliable, and secure.
  • Web exhibit platform Coten.Pics provides online photo publishing services for budding photographers.
  • Education platform TalkBox.Mom aims to help parents teach their children how to speak foreign languages.
  • Social network OMG.LOL is helping their audience create the “most fun online presence that they’re ever had.”

XYZ Registry Domains Report

This year we introduced the XYZ Registry Domains Report. This monthly report shares exciting highlights in domain sales from the previous month, including which XYZ domains took the lead and the highest aftermarket sales of the month. You can use the Domains Reports to learn about aftermarket sales, try our tools for browsing featured available domains, and see inspiring businesses and innovative new ideas launching on XYZ premium domains. You can keep up with emerging trends – including the blockchain industry’s particular interest in .xyz – by subscribing to the .xyz newsletter.

XYZ Anti-Abuse

The XYZ Registry continues to have a no-tolerance policy for abuse in our zones. This year we were recognized by Spamhaus with a series of collaborative blog posts regarding abuse and acceptable use best practices. Our proprietary Anti-Abuse Technology continues to keep the XYZ namespace safe and, according to Spamhaus, .xyz generally has a lower badness index score than most legacy TLDs. XYZ has also joined the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and continues to actively seek out opportunities to collaborate on cybersecurity.

XYZ provides domains for coders at 121 hackathons around the world

This year, XYZ proudly supported 121 hackathons across the globe, and supplied determined coders with a platform to launch their inventive ideas online. By developing partnerships with organizations like Indonesia-based Generation Girl, which works to inspire young women to become leaders in the historically male-dominated STEM fields, XYZ continues to empower generations of internet users to turn their dreams into reality.

We’d like to thank our worldwide community for helping us reach the 8-year mark. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we look forward to sharing many more achievements together.

This Pride Month, XYZ is highlighting our inspiring LGTBQ+ members of the .xyz community. Previously, we’ve featured software platform Pronouny.xyz, which is designed to simplify and promote the practice of sharing personal pronouns and gender-neutral language. We introduced you to 3D designer and software instructor Erindale Woodford, who uses Erindale.xyz to display their design work and online coursework. We showcased multimedia collective SuperstarX.xyz, which is aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences. These LGTBQ+ members help define our community with their innovation, creativity, and pride. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll share a few more LGBTQ+ members of the .xyz community whose websites can serve as an inspiration for your own prideful online presence.

LongDriveHome.xyz aims to explore NFT curation with collaborative art project

LongDriveHome.xyzNamecheap customer – (United States)

LongDriveHome.xyz is the online home of a collaborative NFT project aimed at re-centering NFTs to be about making stunning art responsibly. The carbon neutral project is led by AM, a self-proclaimed queer female artist of color who is studying fine arts at Yale University. 

LongDriveHome.xyz

As shared on the homepage, LongDriveHome.xyz is a collaboration between AM and interested participants. AM will illustrate the assets, while participants assemble them into a work of art. The result is aimed to be a community-curated pool of generative artwork that is shaped by its members. Participants will gain a unique urban landscape digital painting NFT that combines “the mundane, extraordinary, and terrifying.” Each piece is intended to be an ode to our urbanized, intimate, colorful, chaotic world. The NFT serves as a certificate of authenticity, and a ticket for holder-exclusive airdrops, physical exhibitions, and early access to future projects. After 10,000 pieces are minted, the marketplace and a DAO-powered leaderboard will commence. The project will culminate in a physical show, and exhibition sales will be dispersed via smart contract.  You can learn more about this innovative NFT project by visiting LongDriveHome.xyz.

Independent zine TrashMag.xyz works to cultivate community through creativity

TrashMag.xyzSquarespace  customer – (United States)

TrashMag.xyz is the online home of women and queer-led independent zine Trash Mag, a publication aimed at cultivating community through creativity. The zine has core values such as independence, empathy, vulnerability, community, and representation, which help inform and guide their issues. Each issue features submissions from around the world, including an interview with Madison Sinclair from the Harry Styles and Twilight-focused merch brand, BugGirl200, and an essay on normalizing embarrassing moments, because we all have them. TrashMag.xyz is currently managed by friends Sara Ghassemzadeh and Bergen Flom. Sara is a queer Persian artist and Sociology student living in Pasadena, California, while Bergen is an artist and ad agency creative living in New York City. Together they also design music and gallery events in cities around the United States.

TrashMag.xyz

The platform is also home to an online marketplace featuring digital and physical copies of Trash Mag, as well as unique merchandise like earrings, stickers, totes, and T-shirts. TrashMag.xyz uses the branded email address [email protected] to correspond with readers and interested writers, which helps to generate trust. As highlighted in our recent Quarterly Report, when you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and have confidence that they’re reaching out to the appropriate contact. You can learn more by following the zine on Facebook and Instagram, by subscribing on Patreon, or by visiting TrashMag.xyz.

Web3 music blog IridescentWave.xyz amplifies women and queer artists

IridescentWave.xyz  – GoDaddy customer – (United States)

IridescentWave.xyz is a blog dedicated to featuring diverse voices in web3 music. The blog is the passion project of artist, podcaster, and radio show host Celia Inside, who believes “we need more women and/or queer artists, and especially people of color, in web3.” IridescentWave.xyz features weekly posts from Celia such as essays and interviews with various web3-focused musicians. Each feature specifies the artist’s pronouns in an effort to normalize pronoun-sharing and help everyone feel comfortable. Recent posts include an interview with musician Carla the Poet, which shares Carla’s musical inspirations and advice for artists entering the web3 landscape, and a feature from Cecilia about how to build community in the emerging web3 music scene.

IridescentWave.xyz

In addition to establishing herself in web3, Celia hopes IridescentWave.xyz can help her  connect with more artists and creators in the space. She also hopes IridescentWave.xyz can serve as a bridge for music fans who are new to web3. As Celia explained to us, “.XYZ is the domain of web3, and therefore, of the future! Since we’re a web3 music blog strongly featuring QPOC, joining the .xyz team seemed like the only logical choice for Iridescent Wave!” For more information, follow the blog on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, by subscribing on Patreon, or by visiting IridescentWave.xyz.

We appreciate our forward-thinking, collaborative, and creative .xyz community members like LongDriveHome.xyz, TrashMag.xyz, and IridescentWave.xyz. We wish everyone a safe, celebratory, and happy Pride Month. Please be excellent to each other. 

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

NaN.xyzGoDaddy customer – (Germany)

.XYZ is home to creatives of all kinds, including font creators, typeface designers, and branding specialists. Font foundry FutureFonts.xyz helps designers share their work and draw inspiration from fellow creatives. Typography and branding designer William Mulligan uses Mllgndsgn.xyz to display his creative designs. Design director and writer Mark Boulton uses TypeSpecimens.xyz to curate and analyze font design and font usage. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a Germany-based type design practice that takes pride in presenting a collection of self-proclaimed “weird” typefaces for a global audience: NaN.xyz.

NaN.xyz

NaN.xyz is a service-driven type design practice that aims to explore the relationship that type has with technology in an effort to deliver projects with purpose. The Germany-based practice seems to pride themselves on creativity and whimsy, and indicates on their website that they can be found “at the intersection of serious and slaphappy.” NaN.xyz has collaborated on typefaces with leading agencies and global brands, including Google and Virgin.

NaN.xyz

On the Fonts page, NaN.xyz showcases 12 retail typefaces available for sale, such as Hyena Sunrise and Hyena Noon. Each of these typefaces features various styles, or thicknesses, ranging from thin to ultra. Delivering on their promise of “weird typefaces,” each offering also features a useful, or at least creative, description of how it can or should be used. Examples include  “This typeface is often misunderstood” and “This typeface is a classic with a soft spot for cleanliness.” 

NaN.xyz

NaN.xyz offers unique collaborative services, and recommends customized fonts as an original gift idea. They provide creative type services to produce unique and ownable typographic assets that can, as they state, “make your competitors and step-mother jealous.” They welcome interested collaborators to contact them to design never-seen before letter shapes together. The type design practice offers a suite of additional services which include:

  • logotype refinement
  • creation of custom fonts
  • custom cuts of retail fonts
  • creation of full fonts
  • language extension
  • script extensions
  • font production and engineering

NaN.xyz uses the branded email address [email protected] to correspond with their users, which adds to their professional image and generates trust. When you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and have trust that they’re reaching out to the appropriate representatives. NaN.xyz makes it easy for those interested in seeing and utilizing their fonts via their branded social media. They have chosen the handles @nan_xyz on Instagram and @nan_xyz_ on Twitter, which makes them easily discoverable and promotes their website URL right in their social media handle. You can read more about both of these useful techniques in our latest XYZ Quarterly.  Explore the typeface collection by following along on Instagram and Twitter,  or by visiting NaN.xyz.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Relics.xyzGoDaddy customer – (Canada)

Web3 developers continue to use .xyz domains to launch innovative NFT-based projects. Publishing platform Mirror.xyz helps writers distribute and monetize their minted work.  Decentralized Autonomous Organization project FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for members to pool funds for NFT investments. Ethereum-based exploration game Sipher.xyz is centered around customizable NFT characters within a fantastical new community. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an NFT platform that aims to fast-track the transformation of the music industry: Relics.xyz.

Relics.xyz

Relics.xyz is the online home of record label Monstercat’s debut NFT platform. The electronic dance music-focused label designed the platform for fans to collect and display music collectibles, also called Relics, which include a unique visual and full-length song from Monstercat’s roster of Electronic musicians. With Relics.xyz, fans have access to the music of their favorite artists as digital collectibles, which can be traded or used as utilities in the Metaverse. Each Relic has the ability to integrate music in the Metaverse. Once you own a Relic, it has the potential to become your theme song as you travel between worlds, games, and play-to-earn ecosystems. In March 2022, Relics.xyz participated in NFT LA, a Web3-focused conference featuring over 250 metaverse pioneers including fellow .xyz community member DJ Steve Aoki (a0k1verse.xyz).

Relics.xyz

The Canada-based platform aims to disrupt the music industry by providing a unique artist-focused revenue opportunity as part of their commitment to artists. Relics.xyz shares this commitment on their homepage. “The musician and visual artist on every Relic are paid from the primary and secondary sales of their editions. Relics provide an additional revenue stream for creatives, with the sale of one Relic roughly equating to the income that would be earned by a song being streamed one million times on traditional streaming services.”

Relics.xyz

Relics are full-length songs with an audio and visual feature that is rated based on their performance in traditional media spaces, connecting Web2 with Web3. This evolving trait, known as Gemstone Rarity, changes based on how well the Relic’s original song is performing in the traditional music ecosystem. The Gemstone Rarity ratings use the names Quartz, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, and Onyx. As the song’s performance increases in real-time, so does its rarity. This is a benefit for both the fan and the artist. As a song does well on traditional platforms, the Gemstone Rarity will also increase on its corresponding Relic. Each Relic also includes the license to play the song in Metaverse spaces, like 3D virtual world browser-based platform Decentraland. Future Metaverse partners will be added as the project continues to grow.

Monstercat’s artists are enjoying the benefits of the new platform’s innovation. For the debut of their Beyond the Roadmap series1, which will cover the stories and talents behind the music and designs in the Relics ecosystem, Relics.xyz spoke with Michael from Half an Orange to discuss their song Mark Twain2 from the Season 1 collection.  As Michael shared, “Seeing a technology and community like NFTs help musicians find life changing sustainable income streams has been incredible. We think it’s going to bring in a new ‘golden era’ of music.”

Relics.xyz

Relics.xyz was developed by Monstercat co-founder and CEO Mike Darlington. With a goal to help make Earth a better place, Monstercat and Relics.xyz are committing to a 25x carbon sequestering of each Relic sold. They intend to double this amount and invest into a fund dedicated to the environment. We are inspired by Mike’s forward thinking, which makes him a great fit in the .xyz community. You can learn more by following along on Twitter and joining their Discord, or by visiting Relics.xyz.

1https://relicsxyz.substack.com/p/beyond-the-roadmap-entry-1?showWelcome=true&s=r
2https://opensea.io/assets/0x441c1266e6fb13c38c2752eab0d11a99905ffef4/100100013

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.