Q1 2017 flew by and Team XYZ hasn’t slowed the mission to further spread the word about the world’s #1 new domain extension .xyz. We went to three events in our hometown of LA and also made a trip to the Rockies to attend one of the biggest automotive industry events in the country!
Earlier this month, the LA Convention Center hosted the final Global HostingCon event. As part of the festivities surrounding the event, XYZ was invited to attend our partner DreamHost’s VIP Industry Party at one of LA’s hippest locations, Bar Thirteen in downtown.
The XYZ team met lots of new and familiar faces and we got to share the great success of .xyz with industry veterans, like Dave Koston from Help.com (top picture, first person from the right). The event ended sweetly for the entire XYZ office as the team brought back some gourmet chocolate bars courtesy of our friends at Dreamhost!
In between events in the warm SoCal sun, the team flew east to a very snowy Denver to attend the Innovative Dealer Summit, which was held at the Colorado Convention Center right in the middle of downtown. The summit hosts 40+ industry experts from around the country who educate dealership owners and dealership groups about the newest marketing trends and strategies in the automotive industry.
Dealers attended sessions on using innovative marketing tools and were excited to talk with our team about .Cars, .Car, and .Auto domain names for their businesses. Attendees lined up at our booth to get info on the SEO benefits of .Cars/.Car/.Auto URLs and to learn how to register their own valuable names. Even the President of the Innovative Dealer Summit, Tim Jackson, knew about the unbeatable value of these automotive domains as his own dealership uses the URL Colorado.Auto.
As April wound to a close Team XYZ was back in our Santa Monica home base, and we closed out the month by attending back to back tech industry happy hours along with hundreds of hungry entrepreneurs. First up was the Santa Monica New Tech April Happy Hour, where the team spoke with dozens of app developers, startups, and coders looking to get their businesses off the ground. After checking gen.xyz to see that the domains they wanted were available, the attendees could register them for just $1 for the first year by using the promo code on the XYZ 3D glasses. We can’t wait to see what they’ll built on these .xyz domains!
The second night of the XYZ happy hour double brought the team to the luxurious Viceroy Hotel, overlooking the famous Santa Monica Pier for the Silicon Beach Young Professionals Mixer. Our team met with movers and shakers from hot new industries like VR, as well as LA-original firms from TV & Film. Everyone we spoke to was excited to hear about .xyz and positively surprised by the huge amount of household name use-cases. We loved being able to spread the word about some of our favorite .xyz end users like Rascali.xyz and Hooli.xyz. Many of the young professionals in attendance left inspired to build their next big thing on a .xyz domain.
We’ve got some big event plans for May already and are looking to add even more. You can stay tuned to see where in the world Team XYZ will be going to next by following us on Twitter and Instagram @XYZ!
March was an extremely event-full month for the XYZ Team. Our travels and initiatives spanned 3 continents and landed us some great coverage at one of the most recognized festivals in the world. See what we were up to last month in our March event recap!
Early in March, we had the pleasure of sponsoring ANova Hacks held at the University of California, Berkeley. ANova Hacks is a student-run hackathon that brings together high school students from across the Bay area for a 10-hour coding event.
Not only is ANova Hacks a programming competition, but it features workshops throughout the day to teach students how to code. In fact, several participants had no prior coding experience, but still turned in completed projects at the end of the day. You know the XYZ movement is in full-force when the next generation is building their first-ever website with a .xyz domain instead of a .com! We couldn’t be more proud of ANova Hacks mission, and we’re glad each participant was able to come away from the experience with a .xyz domain, XYZ swag, and invaluable coding skills. We look forward to sponsoring their next event!
Next up was ICANN 58, where our Global Director, Shayan Rostam, headed off to Copenhagen, Denmark to meet with our registrar partners about upcoming marketing initiatives and to share some big news. We can’t say anything publicly yet, but if your registrar didn’t have a chance to meet with XYZ at ICANN, be sure to contact us ASAP – you’ll definitely want to hear this!
The standout event of March was by far the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas. This was our 3rd time in attendance, and this year the #XYZsquad did it bigger and better than ever before!
If you were at SXSW, chances are you ran into the #XYZsquad parkouring, breakdancing, and taking thousands of pictures with attendees throughout the streets of Austin. You probably also saw our infamous 3D glasses in the crowds, with people checking out the XYZ 3D Lab on their phones. In fact, the #XYZsquad was such a hit that they were covered by Fox 7 Austin, Spectrum Reach’s Kernel, Comcast, and the official SXSW and Bravo Network Snapchat accounts. They were even the main highlight of our Scavenger Hunt! The #XYZsquad has now become a mainstay of SXSW, and they are already gearing up for next year! Be sure to check out the full blog post here.
SXSW wasn’t the last that we saw of the #XYZsquad in March. Shortly afterward, the #XYZsquad was off across the ocean to Wuxi, China to participate in the Wuxi Marathon.
The Wuxi Marathon consisted of 30,000 runners and attracted over 170,000 spectators from all over the world. The #XYZsquad participated in the event, running the entire 42km (26 miles), all while raising awareness for .xyz in China. We want to tip our hats to all the runners at the event, and congratulate everyone who participated for their perseverance. Check out our full write up about the marathon here.
Despite our global popularity, we like to stay involved in the local tech scene throughout Los Angeles, which is why we attended the TechX & Expo in Studio City, CA.
TechX brought together local tech startups and businesses to showcase their products and services. It was a great opportunity to learn about the newest technologies coming out of our backyard, and also encourage them to share their ideas with the world on their very own .xyz website. Thanks for having us TechX!
After an incredibly busy March, Team XYZ wrapped up the month by hosting an event of our own – The SoCal Domainers & Cybersecurity Professionals meetup!
This was our third time hosting the event, and it’s something we now look forward to hosting at least once a year. This was the first meetup to also host local leaders from the cybersecurity industry, which meant we could not only talk about domains, but also share some the proactive measures XYZ is taking to mitigate abuse. We always enjoy catching up with old friends, and we’re so glad we could make new ones too! We hope everyone had as great of a time as we did.
The XYZ Team was all over the world in March, but as always, we are already planning our itineraries for next month! Are you attending an event that you think that #XYZsquad should be at? Let us know on Twitter @XYZ!
If you were at SXSW in Austin this month, chances are you saw the #XYZsquad running around the city parkouring, breakdancing, and taking pictures with thousands of attendees. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone at SXSW who didn’t come across the #XYZsquad.
You probably also saw our infamous 3D glasses in the crowds, with people checking out the XYZ 3D Lab on their phones. In fact, the #XYZsquad was such a hit that they were covered by Fox 7 Austin, Spectrum Reach’s Kernel, the official SXSW and Bravo Network Snapchat stories, and we even ran into Tyler Ward, who was covering SXSW for Comcast Xfinity! Our marketing initiatives ensured that everyone was learning about Generation XYZ. Many attendees remembered the #XYZsquad from previous years, especially from when they led the SXSW Parade.
That’s not all, though! The #XYZsquad was also the highlight of our Scavenger Hunt, where attendees could post pictures with them for a chance to win some great prizes, including Samsung VR headsets, a Millennium Falcon drone, or the brand new Nintendo Switch! ICYMI, the winners were announced last week, so be sure to check out our Twitter for a full list of winners.
We also had the pleasure of running into several members of #GenXYZ, including Ottia.xyz. Ottia was at SXSW’s Tech Startup Spotlight showing off the prototype for their incredible all-in-one modular maker machine, which can 3D print, cut wood, and even frost a cake – all at an affordable price point! Keep an eye out for more on Ottia, including an exclusive video interview, coming soon.
With another SXSW in the books and the team back home, we have already begun planning the next event – HostingCon in Los Angeles. 2017 was our biggest SXSW yet, but that doesn’t mean that next year won’t be even better! Make sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on where XYZ is headed to next.
Spring has officially arrived and Team XYZ is excited to host this month’s SoCal Tech Meetup! This is the third time we are hosting an event like this, and we are expanding it further this year to include not only people from the domain industry, but also cybersecurity professionals and anyone else with a passion for technology.
Thursday, March 30th | 6:30 pm
2800 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
If you happen to be in the area, stop by for a night of food, drinks, entertainment, and most importantly – great conversations. Be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot for the night!
The #XYZsquad joins the XYZ Team in Austin today for our biggest SXSW yet. Last year, these purple people were breakdancing and parkouring all over Austin to make our XYZ 3D glasses the fashion hit of the week.
This year, we’re not only passing out 3D glasses, but we’re also raffling off the latest and greatest by Samsung VR, Nintendo, and Star Wars in our XYZ Scavenger Hunt. It’s free to enter, and all you need to do is find any of our countless purple people hanging out in Downtown Austin!
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Thanksgiving week is here, and as you can see from our annual Office Thanksgiving Feast, we couldn’t be more excited to load up on delicious food for Turkey Day. But what we are truly excited for are all the great deals on .xyz domains that will be taking place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday with many of our registrar partners.
If you don’t want to brave the crowds at midnight, don’t worry! You can get the most popular new domain extension in the world – .xyz, from the comfort of your own home. Just visit one of our registrar partners listed below to secure your .xyz for an amazing price, beginning Friday (be sure to follow them on Twitter – some of them may have some doorbusters starting earlier!).
.xyz domains make for excellent virtual stocking stuffers, so why not register FirstNameLastName.xyz domains for each of your loved ones? If you’re still having trouble deciding on a domain name, check out our search tools, such as CNOX, which lets you search and download a list of every available .xyz domain that has already been taken in .com, .net, and .org (pro tip: pay attention to the registration dates of the domains too).
For inspiration on what to do with your brand new .xyz domain, head over to our newly expanded list of nearly 200 of our favorite .xyz use cases at www.gen.xyz/live.
Happy Thanksgiving #GenXYZ, and enjoy your cyber shopping!
Techweek arrives in Los Angeles today, in one of its final stops of an 8 city tour across North America. Techweek is a week long event which acts as a catalyst to boost emerging tech ecosystems, and we have some exciting news to share with everyone! Our CEO, Daniel Negari and XYZ – are both being honored as recipients for the Techweek 100 awards, which are presented to “the most prominent tech leaders and innovators in the greater Los Angeles area”.
Daniel was selected for the Ambassador award, which is only given to 25 industry leaders within the community. The Ambassador award is for those who have not only acted as positive representatives for their specific industries, but for the tech industry as a whole. Daniel stands amongst other honorees of this prestigious award including: entrepreneur Mark Cuban, the CEO of GM Mary Barra, and Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint.
XYZ, alongside companies like Oculus, Maker Studios, and SpaceX, was selected for an award in the Innovator category – reserved for companies who are shaping their industries with innovative new technology and forward-thinking ideas.
We couldn’t be happier to accept these awards, and Team XYZ (and the #XYZsquad) will be attending Techweek here in Santa Monica. We look forward to meeting with all of the other honorees and attendees throughout the week.
But that’s not all we have planned for November! XYZ will be holding a special sale with our registrar partners for Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and we have some amazing deals planned.
Be sure to keep an eye out on our Twitter for live updates from Techweek, and for more information on our sale as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend approaches.
TechDay Los Angeles just wrapped yesterday, and Team XYZ took the day by storm! Naturally, .xyz was the talk of the convention, which hosted over 300 startups and 10,000 attendees from the emerging Los Angeles tech community. If you were at the convention, it was hard to miss us – from the #XYZsquad breakdancing through the convention center to our live-streamed interview with NASDAQ at their Founders Lounge.
As a respected leader in the financial reporting industry and a trusted source for business investors worldwide, the XYZ interview with NASDAQ was easily the highlight of the day. NASDAQ joins the ranks of major outlets such as Bloomberg, CNBC, and Reuters who have all covered the success of .xyz. Watch the full interview with NASDAQ below:
As always, XYZ’s interactive initiatives ensured that .xyz remained on everyone’s minds throughout the day. The purple people which compose the #XYZsquad were out making a splash with their parkour and breakdancing moves, while taking pictures with convention attendees and sponsors alike. We also handed out special .xyz 3D glasses to view our exclusive 3D site, www.gen.xyz/3D. Be sure to check out this innovative microsite (if you haven’t yet already) to learn more about how some of the biggest names in their industries are using .xyz to connect with their audiences in unique ways.
While the #XYZsquad was air flaring and power moving, Team XYZ had some great conversations with leaders in the Los Angeles tech community, including Uber, Coding Dojo, and Codesmith. We also ran into the music curation app Indigenous Beats, who was already using IndeBeats.DigiM.xyz. They told us they’re set to launch their new .xyz website in November (don’t forget where you heard it first!). In fact, you should expect to see quite a bit more of .xyz – both in the news and out in the wild – after our successful trip to TechDay LA.
By the end of the day, Team XYZ was able to educate and further spread awareness about .xyz and its end users through several interviews, productive conversations, and engaging initiatives. The overwhelming support from fans at TechDay solidifies .xyz as the go-to domain extension for new businesses, startups, and young adults who are just getting online. Everyone had a great time at TechDay LA, and the #XYZsquad will be ready with a whole new bag of tricks for the next one!
It’s safe to say that almost everyone likes a good party. You invite your friends, enjoy the food & festivities, and make sure there’s fun to be had for everyone involved. The celebration, of course, is the best part and will hopefully leave everyone with unforgettable memories. Just like any good party though, there’s always some cleanup to do afterward.
Last week, approximately 50 of our registrar partners, countless resellers, and thousands of customers helped .xyz celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary. In a matter of a few days, over 3 million new .xyz domains were registered. Many of them appear to be registered by start ups, developers, and investors, and we can’t wait to see how the next generation of internet users will use these domains.
However, we also realize that there may be some bad actors in the mix, and we too have some cleaning up to do after the party. XYZ has a zero-tolerance policy toward any of the following abuse-related activities on .xyz or any of our other domain extensions:
So what does XYZ actually do to mitigate abuse?
We have developed a sophisticated abuse monitoring tool which allows us to proactively monitor, detect in near realtime, and suspend domains engaging in any of the above activities, based on evidence. We have developed strong partnerships with many of the industry’s leading data providers to help us identify and eliminate the bad apples from the many good ones that we have in our namespace, which is why there is less than 0.1% abuse in the entire .xyz zone (nTLDstats.com, May 6, 2016).
Once we have identified an abusive domain, we immediately notify the sponsoring registrar. Since we work very closely with our registrar partners, these domains are usually shut down in a very short period of time to prevent any harm to internet users. We then communicate with the registrants (either directly or via the registrar) to help them clean up their websites if they were hacked.
In the off chance that someone catches an abusive domain before our data providers do, we have an abuse feedback system that allows internet users to report abuse 24/7. Please visit our Abuse Page if you have detected a harmful website or abuse from a .xyz domain name. XYZ strives to keep our namespace clean and to make sure that .xyz has the best reputation possible. If you have any feedback or suggestions, send us a tweet @XYZ or contact us.
But a little cleanup behind the scenes doesn’t mean the party is over. We’re only one week into June, which means there’s roughly three more weeks left in our birthday month! Let the good times roll by visiting our 2 Year Anniversary page and register the domain(s) of your dreams today at one of our many registrar partners that are still celebrating this milestone with us.
Tonight marks the first day of the exclusive auction with West.cn, where over 150 premium .xyz domains can be won at no reserve. The auction starts at 9:00pm PDT (04:00 UTC / 12:00 CST) on March 15, with staggered end times ranging from March 16 – March 31. The auction will feature some of the best .xyz names that have been removed from our premium list (meaning they will renew for standard fees), including:
Those interested in bidding are encouraged to sign up at www.W263.xyz before the auction commences to ensure a timely registration (remember to fund your account for refundable security deposits – signup/bidding instructions can be found here). To learn more about this auction, read our full announcement at www.gen.xyz/blog/chinablogseriesauction.
If you have any questions regarding signup/bidding process or about the auction in general, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries.