May 14, 2016
Jason Thompson

The Domain Industry Is Evolving

I’m going to start this off by saying that I am proud of the Domain Industry, that means I am proud of each and every one of you who have made this industry what it is. It’s easy to get caught up in the negative spiral which tends to plague some of us, but as a whole we are a group of innovators. If we don’t have the skills to innovate ourselves, we still tend to think outside of the box.

There is a lot that goes into registering a domain, especially for those of us that have learned not to register blindly. As domain investors, we all know that the wrong domain can either make or break a company. In addition to that, developing a domain name the wrong way can also do the same thing. The synergy between registration and development is one that doesn’t always work seamlessly, but these days you really can’t just have one without the other. It’s getting tougher and tougher out there to register great names, even with the new gTLDs in place.

Great names are being gobbled up in just about every extension. The awesome thing about a great domain is it just looks right when you see if for the first time and it just sounds right when you say it for the first time. I used to think great names could only be seen by a select few, the truth is everyone knows a great name when they see it! Those names don’t require for you to explain why you registered it or coined your entire company after it. They can stand the test of time and compete with anything that might be thrown at it.

Again, I am proud of this industry. We are getting great names placed in the hands of those that can add value to them. Heck, some of us are even doing the same thing. Remember when you first entered the domain industry? You found yourself registering anything and everything you could as long as a promo code was attached to the price. These days you might find yourself doing the same thing when you partner up with a cheap web developer or programmer. Although I am proud of what you are doing, I just want to say that development requires the right partnership. Just like a company requires the right domain to compete on a worldwide scale.

Take some of that domain industry knowledge you know and apply it to the evolution of your portfolio or better yet, just select one or two names and think about how you can really build some value into them. After all, you have come this far. 😉

Domain Startup Summit

Nov 14, 2015
Jason Thompson

Praying For Lebanon & Paris

I really wanted to title this post Praying For The World right now, but I don’t want to take away from the tragic events that have happened in both Lebanon and Paris. I learned of the events that unfolded in Paris, while browsing Google News yesterday. My mind wouldn’t stop thinking about the loss of life. How could anyone simply shoot randomly at people in a crowded concert hall? I for one, will never understand this. I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Paris, but I am certainly praying for anyone and everyone that was effected by those cowards yesterday.

I learned of the suicide bombers in Lebanon when my fiance got home from work. She is Lebanese American and she quickly let me know that the incident that happened in Paris was directly related to the suicide bombings that occurred in Lebanon on Thursday. This simply tore at my heart. You kind of feel as if you can’t do anything about it. I’m 34 years old and I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have been fortunate enough not to of ever witnessed any events like this during my upbringing here.

These cowardly attacks kind of bring me back to the 9/11 days. Regardless of who is responsible for these cowardly attacks, tragic events like this will bring the world even closer together. The goal is not to let the evil consume your way of life, the goal is to see the light in the darkness start from a spec and grow into a glaring beam. I was happy to hear that Paris banded together that night and some took to the streets to MARCH. This is the perfect example of what I meant by seeing the light in darkness.

There’s not much else to say, but I am praying for both Lebanon and Paris right now.

Oct 24, 2015
Jason Thompson

Weekly Reflections – Meetup, Startups And Vancouver

I’ve been on vacation for the last week. I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever seen. That city is Vancouver and I can understand why some Americans are actually moving to Canada. Heck, we even met one working at a Pizzeria who did just that. There is something special about Vancouver, that I can’t really put into words, so I’ll just share the following picture with you.

Stanley_Park_Vancouver

This surreal picture was taken at Stanley Park in Vancouver. I snapped the photo with my Samsung Galaxy S3, but you’d never know it. :-) If you haven’t had the chance to visit Vancouver, definitely make sure to put it on your bucket list.

We finally chose a new logo for our new startup. I want to thank all of you who were involved in the process. Some of you don’t like 99designs and I completely respect your opinion, but I couldn’t be happier with the final results. All of you were able to get us to this point. I’ll post more about the logo selection process a little later.

Last but not least, make sure to join us for the next Southern California Domainers meetup which will take place on November 14th. You can learn more about the time and location of the meetup here. I hope all of you are having an amazing weekend!

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