If you read our latest XYZ Quarterly, you know how useful expanding can be to your business or project’s success. One common way companies can expand their business is by creating new initiatives that help to reach their goals in a new way. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is a perfect example of an organization that is aptly using a .xyz domain to do just that.
Started by influential UK-based social enterprise Do it Now Now, Afritech.xyz is a new program designed to connect early-stage tech startups in Africa to mentors and investors worldwide. The vision behind Afritech.xyz is to build a better future for Africa by helping to ensure that African entrepreneurs have the skills and tools necessary to build and develop their communities.
Do it Now Now and Afritech.xyz were founded by award-winning entrepreneur Bayo Adelja. Bayo was recognized by Durham, Harvard, and Oxford University’s Business Schools for her work to create and foster opportunities for under-served communities through technology, and was named one of 2019’s most influential people of color in tech by The Financial Times. Bayo and her team created Afritech.xyz in order to solve the lack of accessibility Africans have to the rest of the world’s tech and investment ecosystems. By utilizing the expertise and networks of professionals in the UK and worldwide, Bayo and her team found a way to actively contribute to the development of tech enterprises in Africa.
In order to participate in Afritech.xyz, startups must meet certain criteria. The majority of their team must have graduated from universities in Africa, and the company needs to be based in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, or Uganda. Startups can either be in the process of raising funds for their first-version products (pre-seed) or be fully launched and in the seed funding round with £20k or less in grants. Either way, it is free to join and equity-free, thanks in part to Afritech.xyz’s partners.
In December 2019, Afritech.xyz announced its first UK-Africa virtual accelerator program, #AfriTech19. Out of the hundreds of applications, nineteen startups were selected to take part in the program and gain access to the key experts, tools, investors and legal support that are meant to help them navigate the next stages of their company’s development. The selected startups are working to solve critical problems that Africans face. Uganda-based startup Ecoplastile is working to transform waste plastics using a chemical-free plastic extrusion technology. Xpendly, hailing from Ghana, provides mobile platforms for young millennials to manage their finances with. Peersview in Nigeria is working to build a social network for students so that they can become a strong generation of African leaders.
Do it Now Now expertly expanded their organization’s impact by launching Afritech.xyz on their own domain and dedicated website. By choosing .xyz, they were able to secure the program’s brand name for the web address, making it especially easy to remember for their startups, mentors, and partners. The independent site is also able to clearly communicate all of Afritech.xyz’s program details, updates, and other valuable information to their audience.
Capturing and keeping the attention of students is a constant challenge for educators. Whether it’s due to the difficulty of the material, the structure of the lesson, or the temptation for students to be distracted by their phones, teachers can face multiple roadblocks in their classes. Our #WebsiteWednesday this week has risen to meet these challenges by developing an educational platform designed to make learning fast, effective, and fun: Faceboard.xyz.
Faceboard.xyz is an ed-tech platform that employs a blend of social learning and gamification with the aim of making learning sticky, fast, and fun for students who use it. One of the company’s founders, Lenore Zietsman, came up with the idea after a long day of teaching adult literacy classes armed with nothing but a thick manual and powerpoint slides. After seeing students leaving the class discouraged, and feeling frustrated herself, Lenore thought to try creating a game that would make learning fun and allow students to share with each other while they learn.
After thorough research and testing, Lenore and her team developed Faceboard.xyz’s framework for reducing the dullness and boredom students face when studying. Faceboard.xyz has found that combining gaming, social interaction, and digital teaching tools creates a more immersive and enjoyable learning experience. Once teachers download the Faceboard.xyz software, they can access it via mobile or desktop and input custom questions made to reinforce their lesson to students. The students and teachers then choose one of the pre-designed game modes to play, with instructions for playing each available on Faceboard.xyz’s site. The platform also offers certificates recognizing users’ achievements and stats to help identify skill level and allow lessons to be revised as needed.
Convenience is also a key trait found in Faceboard.xyz’s list of features. The platform is designed to be accessible offline, claims it can be played on one computer or mobile device and controlled by another via a smart remote, and is made to allow organizations to use custom branding and design to have their lessons match their brand’s identity.
If you’re interested in trying out Faceboard.xyz for yourself, their site has helpful instructions on how to set up the platform, how to set up the hardware, and how to get started playing using the platform’s playing cycle. You can also purchase add-ons for playing the game, like controllers and hardware to play offline. If you have any questions, be sure to stop by their helpful FAQ page or use the site’s chat support feature. You may also want to check out their blog filled with inspiring posts to motivate you to keep learning. Thanks to this comprehensive website design, Faceboard.xyz helps you find what you need so you can jump headfirst into using their platform right from their web page.
Faceboard.xyz distributes their platform with the help of partners, who receive Faceboard.xyz’s hardware and license along with a commission to run the platform. Partners can use Faceboard.xyz’s platform during training and consulting with potential customers, which in turn drives sales and revenue for Faceboard.xyz. Those who are interested in becoming a partner can start the process by reaching out to Faceboard’s team.
Today’s tech startups are bringing innovation to practically every industry, making it more important than ever for big companies to embrace technology in order to meet their customer’s needs. Yet, cultivating fresh ideas within a well-established company can be tricky. Today’s #WebsiteWednesday has found a unique way to solve this problem. If you read our recent article about digital strategy powerhouse JJDelgado.xyz, you may remember that he sits on the board of a collaborative entrepreneurship program founded by his employer Hijos de Rivera: TheHop.xyz.
TheHop.xyz is a new program that aims to promote innovation at 114-year-old Spanish brewery and beverage company Hijos de Rivera. TheHop.xyz gives six selected tech startups the opportunity to incorporate new tools and business models to Estrella Galicia (its popular premium beer). The selected startups get three months to develop a pilot project at their Madrid workspace, complete with training and mentoring by the company’s top executives, investors, and experts. Upon the completion of their pilot projects, the startups get the experience of implementing their ideas at a major brand. Depending on how they perform, the projects could turn into a lasting relationship.
During TheHop.xyz’s 2019 program, startups created projects meant to improve upon Estrella Galicia at various stages. Some focused on improving the beer’s production – Internet of Things startup Data Monitoring created Data Beer, an app designed to monitor the temperature, pressure, and quantity of beers in barrels. Others were focused on Estrella Galicia’s transportation and the employees that handle distribution. Social impact startup Trucksters created a relay technology that allows Estrella Galicia trucks to cover great distances without the driver moving too many kilometers away from home. Lastly, our personal favorites were focused on improving the consumption of the beer itself. Same-day delivery startup Supertech created BeerNow, a solution that allows for home delivery of cold beer in just 15 minutes.
We love to see a program like TheHop.xyz supporting the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. It’s been our mission to help new internet users establish themselves online since we launched .xyz in 2014, and programs like TheHop.xyz help to perpetuate that goal.
You don’t need to have a big team or significant funding behind your idea in order to bring it online and start pulling in users. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that many of our featured .xyz customers have chosen GoDaddy as their registrar. As GoDaddy Chief Brand Officer Cameron Scott explains, “All of our customers have an idea, and they all have initiative. We are there to say, ‘We’re here with you for your first step. We’re here with you for your next step. And we’ve got your back every step of the way.’”
GoDaddy themselves just debuted a new logo, designed to represent the entrepreneurial spirit of their customers. The new “GO logo” replaces the old head logo to represent GoDaddy’s focus on the entrepreneurial spirit their customers have and to serve as a beacon calling them to “go” run with their ideas and dreams. We’re big fans of the new logo and are proud to share in GoDaddy’s mission of helping entrepreneurs pursue their side hustles online.
Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is a perfect example of the solopreneurs and microbusinesses that GoDaddy is known to serve.
Creating an app seems to be easier now than ever. With services like Appmaker.xyz, you can turn your idea into an app without any prior experience. Once you have an app ready for the market, the next step is to promote it and get live users on board. Having a great, customized video showing what your app can do may be what gets your app to stand out and pull in those all-important users. That’s where you can use this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Overframe.xyz.
Overframe.xyz is a screen recording tool that goes above and beyond regular screen recorders. Their service uses a customizable overlay which records the video to be exactly the size of some of the most popular phone models on the market. To use Overframe.xyz, pull up your app in the software you developed it in, then start up Overframe.xyz’s service. The Overframe.xyz tool is designed to work right over top of your app development platform. That allows you to record demos of what your app looks like when in use, while keeping the correct proportions to show what it looks like on iPhone, Pixel, iPad, and even Safari.
You could use this tool to give an engaging presentation of what your app looks like at its best and give potential users a deeper vision of how they can use the app themselves. Overframe.xyz lists popular app design platforms Sketch, Principle, and Adobe XD among the services it is compatible with, making it a versatile tool that can aid designers who use multiple platforms.
The Overframe.xyz tool is just one of a handful created by developer Gaddafi Rusli. Another of his handy creations is Iconsvg.xyz, a service whose purpose is to allow developers to design and use custom icons which can give their projects a more personal touch. These custom icons can be warped, resized, and re-colored, letting the user make icons that better fit with their project’s overall feel. Once a user has created an icon with the service they can easily embed it right in their app or projects by copying the pre-made code from Iconsvg.xyz.
Gaddafi is a talented developer who thinks like a creator, which allows him to dream up and make useful tools that help other creatives like himself. By using .xyz domains for his projects, he is able to promote these tools to a worldwide audience and help solve problems countless other developers like him may face.
As our regular readers probably know, personal websites can be great tools to promote your portfolio of work, attract clients for your freelance business, or share your opinions and expertise. They are also great for documenting milestones and life events so that you can look back on them yourself or share them with family and friends around the world. If you’ve ever considered launching a personal website of your own on which you plan to share your unique life experiences, then be sure to make it the best it can be with some inspiration from this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, BigBlueDot.xyz.
BigBlueDot.xyz chronicles the global adventures of the Colebrook 5, a family from Red Deer Canada who traveled to 21 countries across an 18-month journey. Throughout their trip, the family kept a running blog of their stops and recounted stories of the amazing things they were able to do in each new place. The site’s navigation bar includes a map to follow the family around the world, as well as a countries tab to find what they saw in each amazing new place. Clicking the “About” section will give you an introduction to the family, display their trip itinerary, and explain the Carl Sagan-inspired meaning of BigBlueDot.xyz.
At the outset of both the blog and the Colebrook’s quest, the three children of the family shared which countries they were most eager to visit, what they were excited and nervous about, and what they would and would not miss from home. The posts evolved to become a personal blog which each child kept updated on BigBlueDot.xyz, serving as a unique teacher for their earliest experiences publishing content on the web.
The family was able to visit many beautiful places and landmarks, and to share that experience they managed an Instagram page, @bigbluedot.xyz. Their handle exactly matches their domain, and promotes their full website’s URL so their Instagram followers know where to visit to get the full experience. You can also view their Instagram photos, along with each post’s comments and likes, directly on the BigBlueDot.xyz website.
The Colebrooks’ trip covered thousands of miles, dozens of countries, and innumerable unforgettable experiences. BigBlueDot.xyz impressively covers that ground and serves as an inspiration to anyone looking to launch a personal blog. Chronicle your next big adventure, just like the Colebrook family did, with your own .xyz domain.
The way people shop has changed drastically thanks to the explosion of ecommerce. The convenience of shopping online is quickly making that the preferred method of purchasing almost anything that you can buy. Everything from your clothing, home furnishings, and even groceries can be ordered online and shipped directly to your doorstep, making it increasingly important for companies to keep up with the growing demand for an excellent online user experience. For this reason, the subject of today’s #WebsiteWednesday has one of today’s most sought after areas of expertise.
JJDelgado.xyz is the website of esteemed business professional and author Juan José Delgado. With a PhD in Digital Economy and Online Human Behavior, JJ is known to be an expert in digital strategy and has over 12 years of business experience at well-known brands across Europe and Latin America. His impressive resume includes serving as Head of Amazon Marketing Services South Europe up until 2017, where he’s known to have led the biggest international sales day in Amazon history.
JJ has written two books on marketing strategy, including Think Video: Smart Video Marketing & Video Influencing and The New Digital Consumer: The Cube NORISO. He has been a keynote speaker at marketing, corporate, and networking events around the world, covering topics on the new digital ecosystem and customer, digital transformation explained, and leadership skills for the digital era.
JJ now works as the Chief Digital Officer of popular Spanish brewery Hijos de Rivera, and describes his role as “in charge of making the company embrace and manage the current digital disruption.” He is also on the Board of Directors for TheHop.xyz, a collaborative entrepreneurship program backed by Hijos de Rivera that provides selected startups who have a clear social or environmental impact with training and mentoring by experts, investors, and executives from the company. If that weren’t enough, JJ also shares his expertise as a professor at The London School of Economics, where he teaches classes on topics like Digital Transformation, Leadership Skills for the Digital Era, and the Digital Economy.
As a digital professional, scholar, and professor, JJ puts his trust into .xyz to establish his personal website on a short and memorable domain. If you would like to connect with JJ, then you may want to follow him on LinkedIn at /juanjosedelgado, as he was named one of the top 15 unofficial LinkedIn influencers you should follow in 2018. Also check him out on Instagram @jjdelgado.xyz and Twitter @realJJDelgado.
Github is among the most popular places for developers to share their projects, making it home to some of the coolest tech projects and most useful apps. The platform is built on a system called Git, which is designed for programmers to coordinate work on a project by tracking changes in the source code. Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is a unique tool that has been praised by developers for its ability to make searching your Git history fast and easy; GitHistory.xyz.
Created by Github user Rodrigo Pombo, GitHistory.xyz is a tool built to allow developers to search the history of a Git repository in two simple steps. The first step is to find the file in GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket that you want to see the history for. The second step is to replace “TLD” (.com, .org, etc.) in the URL with “.githistory.xyz”. This will bring you to a GitHistory.xyz URL that shows the full history of changes made to a git repository and allows you to look back through it one change at a time. GitHistory.xyz is also available to be used as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, as well as an extension for GitHub and VisualStudio.
Users of GitHistory.xyz are fans of the tool’s visually appealing and organized UI. Popular design community page CSS-Tricks praise the ease of use provided thanks to its ability to be used through a simple change in the URL. The list of notable GitHistory.xyz users includes Google Chrome Engineering Manager Addy Osmani, and it has drawn similar plaudits from developer publication Smashing Magazine. GitHub itself featured the tool in their release radar, calling it “a beautiful way to tour the history of a file in a GitHub repo.” If you want to use GitHistory.xyz and have a private Git repo, note that signing into the app will give GitHistory.xyz access to your private repo.
GitHistory.xyz serves as a great example of just one of the many creative ways domain names can be utilized. Because GitHistory.xyz’s tool works by making a simple change in the URL bar of a web browser rather than requiring an app to download or software to install, it is able to be used by virtually anyone.
GitHistory.xyz shows just how much versatility domain names have and their ability to serve as solutions to modern tech problems. Try the tool yourself at GitHistory.xyz or by adding their extensions for your preferred browser. Got a great idea for how to use a domain to solve a tech problem you see? Get your .xyz domain and take it on just like GitHistory.xyz!
2019 may be winding to a close, but the blockchain boom happening in tech is showing no signs of slowing down. Those who are curious about using blockchain to trade cryptocurrency might be intimidated by long wallet hash IDs or worried about security when trying to choose a trading platform. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Argent.xyz, is aiming to address those issues with the goal of making blockchain trading simpler and safer.
Argent.xyz is a decentralized cryptocurrency wallet that combines a simple interface with leading security features, designed to offer a better overall experience for crypto traders. With your Argent.xyz wallet you can choose a custom ID (i.e. YourName.Argent.xyz), allowing you to send funds to readable names rather than long, cryptic hashes, and picking a name is completely free.
Normally crypto wallets require the owner to save a paper backup of their wallet ID for security purposes, but Argent.xyz claims their complete security service will allow you to lock your wallet from anywhere and recover it with ease if you lose your device. In addition, Argent.xyz says you’ll never give up your privacy when using their service, thanks to the decentralized nature that allows their customers to remain anonymous and keep their assets secure. If you have questions or need any help using the service, Argent.xyz’s team has a helpful support page and provides personal assistance with issues.
The team behind Argent.xyz are incredibly experienced. Argent.xyz CTO Gerald Goldstein (holder of a PhD in nuclear physics) and CEO Itamar Lesuisse’s (holder of a Masters in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering) last venture was a cognitive training startup that reached over 50,000,000 users, and CSO Julien Niset (holder of a PhD in quantum information and quantum cryptography) sold his previous business to the world’s leading quantum security hardware business prior to joining Argent.xyz’s team. Their combined startup expertise is one factor that helped them secure $4.2 million in funding, which they’ve used to grow the scale of their service and onboard new users more quickly.
As new technologies are introduced to the masses, true innovators find what users need most, and then create solutions for them. Just as .xyz introduced a solution for internet users to brand on memorable domains, Argent.xyz has worked to develop a simple and secure wallet to help make crypto trading easier. You can download Argent.xyz’s wallet app for iOS or Android, or stay up to date on the latest news via their blog and Twitter page.
It’s vital for modern-day professionals to have their own piece of internet real estate. Owning YourBrandName.xyz can give you complete control of the content, design, and security settings around how you share your skills and personal brand with the world. This is especially true for members of the design community, who need to accurately express their expertise and taste level to potential employers and clients. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday
features a personal website that we can all aspire to: RodneyYoung.xyz.
RodneyYoung.xyz is the online portfolio of Berlin-based digital creative Rodney Young. Rodney mainly works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, but also specializes in video production, front-end web design, and 2D animation.
Rodney didn’t always call Germany home. He was born on Maui, Hawaii, and moved to San Francisco, CA to pursue his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Art. After finishing his degree, he worked in the Bay Area as an independent designer until he accepted the role of Creative Designer for Munich-based game development agency Remote Control Productions in 2017. He eventually moved to Berlin, where he now works on freelance projects.
Rodney is trained in both traditional freehand illustration and raster/vector illustration. His experience covers a wide range of styles, from simplistic cartoon designs to that of an incredibly detailed graphic novel. His expertise covers corporate projects as well, such as the striking logo he made for Remote Control Productions’ bi-annual summit meeting, and the dynamic ad campaign he did for game development company Zeuz. Additionally, Rodney also showcases his poster design work in his portfolio, which takes a more artistic and serious tone inspired by things like nature or 80’s music. Go to his Projects page to see more or view his PDF portfolio.
Having his own .xyz enabled Rodney to compile the work he’s done across continents and styles into one well-designed website with an expertly branded domain name. The homepage of RodneyYoung.xyz showcases – what else – but a superb illustration that instantly showcases what he can do. We especially like that information about him and his experience is displayed with icons and bold, pink text as you scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you can easily navigate to his portfolio from there.
If you’re interested in discussing a possible project with Rodney or are seeking advice as a freelance designer, connect with him on LinkedIn /rodneyyoungxyz and send him a message. You can also stay up-to-date with his latest projects by following him on Instagram @rodneyyoungxyz, and follow his latest inspirations by connecting with him on Pinterest @rodneyyoungxyz.
Having a memorable domain name is one of the easiest tools you can use to bring more attention to your product, service, or personal work. However, if you really want to stand out to your target audience, incorporating your domain name into your brand opens up new marketing opportunities and helps you differentiate yourself from the noise. Today’s #WebsiteWednesday features three .xyz end-users who have done just that, and have used their .xyz brands to reach their personal and professional goals.
Streetwear brands are taking over today’s fashion industry, and cpfm.xyz is among the hottest designers on the market. Fashion icons like Kim Kardashian West, Pharrell Williams, and A$AP Rocky have been photographed in the brand’s experimental and bold clothing, which often features the brand’s .xyz-branded name printed loudly and proudly.
If you catch someone in a cpfm.xyz hoodie or pair of sweatpants, the domain name will catch your eye and stick in your head. If you visit the URL you can find cpfm.xyz’s contact info, access their 24-hour customer service, or follow a link to buy some cpfm.xyz clothes for yourself.
D0n.xyz is something of an internet jack of all trades. He uses an alias exactly matching the domain name of his online portfolio to produce unique pieces of art that take various forms. His creative endeavors range from putting on live audiovisual performances to creating a tool that scrambles the CSS of any website you choose to even launching a chrome extension that will fill your browser window with decorative plants.
D0n.xyz’s unbridled creativity paired with the internet-focused vision of his works have garnered coverage from indie tastemakers like Nebulae Magazine all the way to national outlets like the New York Times. His .xyz domain name helps him stand out as an internet-focused artist, works as a direct promotion of his portfolio website, and adds to his already well-established online brand.
We covered R&B darling Quami.xyz’s rise to popularity earlier this year, chronicling an impressive path that has seen him draw comparisons to Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar while being featured in outlets like Pilerats and Earmilk. Whether you’re using a web browser or your favorite music streaming platform, finding Quami.xyz’s music is as easy as typing in his stage name.
Quami.xyz uses social media handles that exactly match his website and stage name as well, so no matter where you look you can easily find him online. Using this well-rounded approach to promotion, Quami.xyz is able to share his music and promote his work anywhere he likes while pointing potential fans back to his website, which lies at the center of his brand.
If you’re hoping to find success online promoting your business, organization, app, personal work, or anything else you can think of, then a great way to make your brand stand out from the rest is by using your .xyz domain right in your name. Whether you use it to secure exact matching social media handles like Quami.xyz, tie it into the products you make like cpfm.xyz, or leverage it to appeal to your target audience like D0n.xyz, the branding potential of your .xyz domain is unlimited. Creating your brand with a .xyz domain is as easy as choosing your name and building your site. Get your .xyz today and start turning heads and making waves in your target market!