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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
As 2017 winds to a close, Team XYZ was happy to focus on continuing to foster the #GenXYZ community in November. Keep reading to get all the details, or check out the highlights below!
The #GenXYZ community in China always shows a unique passion when representing .xyz, and they were back it again this month at the 2017 Shanghai Marathon. The runners supporting .xyz in the race ran the entire 26.2 miles (or 42.2km) with .xyz flags streaming behind them, and they couldn’t have been more excited to rep .xyz!
After trotting around the globe in October, it was great to spend some time this month right here in our own neighborhood of Santa Monica. We started off the month by heading across the street to Lime Cafe, a favorite lunch spot around our office, and holding a pop up XYZ shop to hand out great .xyz swag and get the dozens of lunch-goers set up with their own .xyz domains. Lime even made a special menu item for us, and the “XYZ Special Burger” was the most popular menu item of the day! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to follow where we’ll be next.
The innovation of #GenXYZ was on display again this month as our partner Product Forge hosted their Medical Visualization hackathon in Edinburgh, Scotland. The hackathon focused participants’ bright minds on creating solutions that will deliver precision medicine that is tailored for individual patients. They built their projects and can now bring those ideas to help the global healthcare industry thanks to their .xyz domains.
The entrepreneurial spirit of our end users isn’t limited to just .xyz adopters. .Cars/.Car/.Auto adopters Waive.Car brought their new ride-sharing startup to ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, and went toe to toe with the sharks to secure an investment in their business. They even gave XYZ a shoutout, as we’re one of their first advertisers. Congrats Waive.Car, we can’t wait to see what waits for you on the road ahead!
Over the past few months we’ve been getting ready to welcome another new neighbor near our office, Santa Monica College. They recently finished construction on a brand new campus just down the street, so we made sure to swing by for SMC’s homecoming football game to show our support and spread the word about .xyz to the students. We’ve only just begun collaborating with SMC, so be sure to check our Instagram to see what else we have in store!
We’ve had plenty to be thankful for this year, and we were glad to have a chance to reflect on it as a team while celebrating Thanksgiving at the office. From the official launches of .Storage and the 1.111B® Class, to announcing a partnership that allows users to pair and trade Ethereum exclusively with .xyz domains, 2017 was a great year for us and for .xyz adopters around the world. We’re not done yet though, as we have plenty in store for December and beyond, so stay tuned to our blog for all the latest .xyz news.
October was another action packed month for all of us here at XYZ. Keep reading to see everywhere we went, or check out the video below for all the highlights!
2017 marks the 3rd straight year that we’ve taken .College to Educause, which was held this year in the City of Brotherly Love. And there was plenty of brotherly love spread around to the 4,000+ attendees, especially by the #XYZsquad, whose welcoming personalities helped the .College booth stand out among big names like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon as the hit of the conference. We spoke with hundreds of education industry professionals to help them register their .College domains and get their picture with the #XYZsquad too!
October also brought us an opportunity to connect with one of our leading registrar partners, Alibaba, at their YunQi Conference. It was great to see some familiar faces at the event, not just from Alibaba, but from Driver.xyz as well. There were many insightful keynotes and presentations given at the event, so if you missed any be sure to watch the replays here.
Giving the next generation of business leaders around the world a place to show their skills is central in XYZ’s mission to get the next generation online, and our partner Product Forge has helped us accomplish this goal time and again with their hackathons. This month, Product Forge organized the Edinburgh Tourism Challenge Weekend to give Scotland’s bright young minds a crack at improving Edinburgh’s tourism industry. Hackathon attendees put forth dozens of new ways to optimize the city’s tourism industry, and we supported them with free .xyz domains so they can share their ideas with the world (and they received some great free swag to boot). Check out the hackathon recap video below to see all the action, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on all the ways we support #GenXYZ!
ICANN’s events have given Team XYZ the chance to travel around the world, and this month we made the trip from LA all the way to Abu Dhabi, where we met with over 30 of our partners. We shared the exciting news about both .Storage and the 1.111B® Class officially launching, and also planned some exciting new initiatives for 2018.
Last month we previewed an interview we were happy to have with Majesty Alliance, and we’re excited to be able to share the full video this month. Check it out below!
We capped off the month of October by celebrating Halloween with the entire office. We held a costume contest and a pumpkin carving contest, and there were some very creative entries in both. To see more of XYZ’s culture and find out why XYZ is the best place to work, check out our daily stories on Instagram (@XYZ).
XYZ knows that the internet of tomorrow is being built by the minds of children today. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) to invest in the future of young entrepreneurs in a meaningful, hands-on way.
Every year, approximately 10,000 high school students from 65 regions across the United States participate in the JA Company Program®, where juniors and seniors (and a few lucky sophomores!) learn how to run their own company by developing a business plan, operating within an organizational structure, and even liquidating at the end of the program.
This year, JA and XYZ are taking this 13-week intensive entrepreneurship program even further by implementing a company website development component for three regions: Southern California, Austin, and Ft. Lauderdale. With over 50 businesses launching in these areas, each one will receive a free .xyz domain, Weebly website builder, and WHOIS privacy protection.
“Junior Achievement is excited to partner with XYZ to enhance the authentic startup experience for students in the JA Company Program®. Branding, web presence, marketing, and sales are crucial to business success and now JA students have access to additional resources that have the potential to increase current business performance and inform their future entrepreneurial endeavors.” – Andy Schenck, Curator – Entrepreneurship Experiences, Junior Achievement USA.
Since this is probably the first time many of these students will be building out a website, we’ve developed a microsite with tips and resources to help them get started (students: ask your teachers for the password). And to help these young business leaders make the most of their unique opportunities, Team XYZ will be visiting a handful of schools in the Southern California area to train classes on choosing the right domains for their business, how to build their websites, and other best practices.
XYZ’s partnership with the innovative JA Company Program® is just another example of our dedication to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs get online with .xyz. XYZ also has a longstanding history with partners like CoderDojo, Product Forge, General Assembly, and Hustle N’ Code. Be sure to follow us @XYZ on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of our trips to the classrooms, and subscribe to our newsletter for updates on the program’s progress!
For students in need of assistance, click on the link below for access to videos, how-tos, FAQs, and more (ask your teachers for the password). And don’t forget to message us once your website is live for a chance to get featured in our weekly #WebsiteWednesday series!
August at XYZ meant outreach to the Los Angeles tech community. From talking with entrepreneurs and engineers at happy hours across the southland, to tabling at the LA Tech and Startup Bash, XYZ made its presence in, and support for, LA tech known.
Our partners at CoderDojo and Product Forge continue to support the next generation of internet users through their Prewired Summer Hack 2017 teen coding course in Edinburgh, Scotland. This August, the program put on a week-long hackathon and all the projects were given access to .xyz domains. Check out their highlight video for more!
If you are interested in partnering with XYZ to help the next generation of internet users build the future of tech, contact us today!
Team XYZ sponsored the inaugural LA Tech & Startup Bash hosted by Schmoozd and Expert DOJO. XYZ joined TriNet, Sachs Marketing Group, Cornerstone OnDemand, HotStartupJobs, and other LA companies to reach more than 200 entrepreneurs. We gave out stylish XYZ shirts and tote bags to every attendee, and our purple people tore up the dance floor.
The #XYZsquad made a big impression with everyone at the event and we can’t wait for the next bash!
On August 21st, a complete solar eclipse traversed the contiguous United States. XYZ, while not in the path of totality, nevertheless was able to observe a beautiful partial solar eclipse.
Four nations across Asia – India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia – celebrated their independence days in August. We joined with regional registrar partners to run special commemorative sales to mark each occasion, and highlighted a stellar use-case from each country.
Team XYZ attended the Culver City Tech Happy Hour to talk to dozens of professionals from around Culver City looking to establish the neighborhood as the next hub. We discussed startup strategies with event organizer AirFive, and talked about end-user FoodBlockChain.xyz with the representative from Chewse.
XYZ continued its tour of West LA’s tech neighborhoods with a visit to the Happy Hour at The Bungalow Santa Monica. We distributed glasses and even helped actress Kat Bingham get a domain to act as her portfolio.
Here’s Jeremy from Team XYZ taking a break from the tech scene to mingle amongst art loving Angelenos at the LA Art Walk & Night Market in historic DTLA. One of the artists even did a quick freestyle about our shirts! It was a memorable night full of food and fun for XYZ.
Team XYZ met with dozens of CEOs and small startups looking for website help at the Silicon Beach Santa Monica Mixer. Everyone knew about .xyz from Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and were eager to tell us about their plans to join the #GenXYZ community. We can’t wait to see what websites get made!
Remember to check the XYZ blog every Wednesday to read our #WebsiteWednesdays, and be sure to come back next month to get all the highlights from September. For daily updates on the #XYZsquad, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube!
Team XYZ was at some of the country’s biggest events in June to celebrate .xyz’s 3rd Anniversary. To kick things off, we introduced the innovative 1.111B® Class as part of our new AYDACFU campaign. We spent months planning and prepping, and our registrar partners all over the world did a fantastic job helping us launch this new initiative. And to commemorate turning 3, we hosted a BBQ by our Santa Monica office to go along with some entertainment from the #XYZsquad.
Check out the video below and read on to find out where we went and what else we did to tell the world that .xyz just turned 3!
Our huge AYDACFU marketing campaign surrounding the release of our 1.111B® Class was developed, in part, to reach a particularly tech-savvy #GenXYZ audience. So why not reach some of them at one of the largest video game conventions in the world? With close to 70,000 attendees, E3 2017 gave Team XYZ ample opportunities to connect with developers and designers to raise awareness of the 1.111B®Class. And in the end, the #XYZsquad stole the show by busting a groove at the convention. To see more of our E3 2017 coverage, check out our E3 recap post or watch the video below.
Product Forge has become one of our top partners when it comes to organizing hackathons for future innovators and entrepreneurs. Our most recent event with them, the Cancer Innovation Challenge Data Dive, was a three-day collaborative effort between clinicians, designers, and engineers to improve cancer care.
If you like what we’re doing with Product Forge, check out last month’s recap, which covers another hackathon with them.
Throughout the month of June, we worked with our partner EyHost to encourage .xyz adoption in Bangladesh. EyHost did a great job of hosting sponsored events to connect startups and small businesses, while educating them on how .xyz is being used by other Bangladeshis, such as Sheba.xyz. In fact, the team behind Sheba.xyz even invited some people over to check out their office!
June also saw the launch of a new partnership with CoderDojo, the international organization dedicated to teaching students aged 7 to 17 how to code. Through July 24th, all members of the CoderDojo community can apply for a free .xyz domain and all the tools necessary to create some of their first projects on the web. This partnership is yet another way that we are encouraging entrepreneurs to adopt .xyz to cultivate the Generation XYZ community.
For all our younger readers, don’t forget to check out CoderDojo to learn how to code with a .xyz domain today!
Of course, June wasn’t only about .xyz. We also teamed up with GoDaddy to cross the desert and attended NIADA 2017, the largest independent car dealership trade show of the year. Drawing nearly 2,000 general managers and owners from coast to coast, as well as abroad, this was the perfect place to educate dealers on the benefits of upgrading to a .Cars/.Car/.Auto domain, just like manufacturers Lucra.Cars and Renovo.Auto, as well as independent dealers, like Arizona.Cars and Brilliance.Auto have done already. Two of our favorite domains registered from the conference are VirginiaBeach.Cars and Z.Cars.
We attend a variety of events every month to educate the public on what .xyz is, who uses .xyz, and to connect with existing .xyz customers – June was no exception. Team XYZ started the month by attending The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Jayme Stone’s Folklife Concert at the Annenberg Community Beach House, and Mayhem’s Imersiv concert. These three venues were intimate opportunities to connect directly with the next generation of internet users and introduce them to .xyz. We then finished the month by attending two Twilight Concerts, where thousands of Angelenos come every week to mingle in Silicon Beach. If you’re not in LA, catch the live action with the XYZ Team by following us on Instagram @XYZ!
The summer is far from over and XYZ has a lot more in store. We are keeping the momentum of AYDACFU up to raise awareness for your new 1.111B® Class of domains. Be sure to keep a close eye on our Instagram (@XYZ), Facebook (/XYZ) and Twitter (@XYZ), to see what Team XYZ and the #XYZsquad have planned for the rest of the summer!
May was another fast-paced month for Team XYZ. We spent the month giving members of #GenXYZ more creative freedom than ever before with their domains, by introducing the new 1.111B® Class. But before our June 1 announcement, we got to meet face to face with businesses and individuals around the world and hear about all their dynamic ideas and projects.
We started off the month sponsoring the Product Forge Local Transport Hackathon in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hackathons are one of our favorite ways to connect with #GenXYZ and support their entrepreneurial spirit. Product Forge’s Hackathon featured creative problem solving from innovators and future leaders. 8 teams composed of tech, design, business, and transport industry professionals competed to build the best new product that would improve transport services in South East Scotland. The winning team was Side who developed TransitTalks, a platform that allows individuals in communities to correspond directly with transportation planners and share their concerns and wishes.
As the winning team, Side was awarded a free .xyz domain, so they can get started building the TransitTalks platform online right away.
Our next trip was to sunny Spain for the ICANN GDD Industry Summit. The summit was a great opportunity to meet with many of our registrar partners and to share our vision for the 1.111B® Class. Many of our registrar partners loved the idea and marketing support that the XYZ Team had put together (look for them at gen.xyz). We are always grateful when we have the chance to meet face to face with the registrars that allow innovators around the world to have access to .xyz, and we look forward to seeing them at future ICANN events.
After the ICANN summit we returned to the States to connect with members of Santa Monica’s rapidly growing Virtual Reality (VR) startup community at the Silicon Beach VR Networking Mixer. We spoke to passionate VR entrepreneurs and got to share some success stories of .xyz adopters working in VR, like Langzou.xyz. We love promoting .xyz adopters at every event we attend and the professionals we met at the mixer were inspired by their stories and can’t wait to follow in their footsteps with their own .xyz VR sites.
Our last stop in May was the Silicon Beach Young Professionals Mixer, which combined hungry young tech professionals, growing startups, and even a few freelance developers for a night of networking and collaboration. After we generated buzz about .xyz inside the event, we went out onto the streets of Venice to generate buzz about the 1.111B® Class with a holographic takeover.
The takeovers are far from over, as XYZ has huge throughout June to spread the word about the “All Your Domains Are Come From Us” marketing campaign and the 1.111B® Class. Stay tuned to our Twitter (@XYZ), Facebook (/XYZ) and Instagram (@XYZ) to see what Team XYZ and the #XYZsquad have in store!
The holidays are upon us, #GenXYZ! November has been an amazing month for us, starting with the great partnership with Gandi and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (get the deets here), all the way to our first ever hackathon with Product Forge in Scotland (details coming soon).
Ever wonder what Team XYZ is doing behind the world’s most popular new domain extension? We’re excited to share with you the most recent photos and the official premiere of our office Movember videos!
In an effort to give back to our own local community, over the weekend, Team XYZ began a volunteer partnership with the St. Francis Center in downtown Los Angeles. The St. Francis Center is an amazing organization that is responsible for feeding and providing resources to the homeless and elderly, and we couldn’t be more excited to prep, cook, and serve food to our neighbors in need.
Things got busy during service but we managed to snap a few pics here and there:
Our second November wrap-up update is Movember! As many of you know, we’ve been supporting Movember and raising awareness for men’s health via our Mo’s. To top it all off, check out these Mo’tastic videos that we whipped up. As the domain extension for everyone, everywhere, we wanted to celebrate Movember for all with these little snippets:
And last but certainly not least, from our XYZ family to yours, we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
The .xyz community is filled with innovative new apps and startups that aim to make everyday life better. Autonomous delivery robot company Starship.xyz is making touchless food delivery possible at colleges all over the United States and Europe. Browser-based video service TwoSeven.xyz lets you stream TV shows and movies to watch with your friends online. Viral sensation MSCHF.xyz creates entertaining products, stories, and stunts that are sure to make you LOL. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday features another company that specializes in brightening its customers’ days by giving new meaning to the phrase “perks of the job.”
Amaz.xyz is a Hong Kong-based employee benefits platform that aims to make work a better place. Through their local business partnerships, they provide employers a wide range of perks to help attract and retain their employees.
The Amaz.xyz employee benefits platform is meant to be flexible and simple. The perks offered are customizable, so companies can decide what works for their teams and culture. By consolidating the perk management process in an all-in-one platform, Amaz.xyz aims to make it as easy as possible for company leaders to “set it and forget.” After customizing the types of perks they would like to offer their employees, their work is basically done. Companies no longer would need to worry about reimbursing each employee for their benefit purchases.
For those who enjoy shopping and dining-out, Amaz.xyz grants access to special discounts with local restaurants, bars, brands, and retail stores. Employees can find working from home even more comfortable with discounts on organic produce boxes, high-quality bedding, and homemade bubble tea. If experiences are more their thing, Amaz.xyz offers tickets to concerts, wellness classes, and immersive pop-up events. Employees looking to get some exercise can go stand up paddle boarding or take a yoga class. Companies can even book workplace events with their AMAZ Events program, which offers customized events for companies to entertain their employees with.
Amaz.xyz has partnerships to offer perks from a number of growing companies, and it’s easy to see why. Their direct sales channel helps these perk providers reach over 60,000 income earning clients, making the platform a potentially powerful driver for growth. By partnering with the platform, local businesses are able to increase traffic to their establishment by generating awareness of their services through benefits they offer to local employees. Through Amaz.xyz, businesses can also test the market by offering new products in limited quantities to a controlled user base of income-earning workers.
By connecting local businesses with employees, Amaz.xyz is creating a win-win-win situation. Employees get to try out new businesses, companies can entice employees with attractive and unique benefits, and local businesses enjoy a new channel to reach customers with.
If you are in Hong Kong and would like to offer Amaz.xyz perks to your employees or want your business available on the platform, go to their website to set up your 30 minute meeting.
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.