• Investing in Education Domains ? University of Phoenix has lost half its Students

    For those domain investors out there that have a big chunk of education related domains, especially online education, the latest news out of University of Phoenix may be of interest. Enrollment is on the decline. Enrollment at America's largest for-profit university was about 460,000 students five years ago. Now it's 213,000. From CNN Money: What […] ...read more
  • Have a Reasonable Price When Doing Outbound Sales

    Sometime within the last 6 months, someone I don't know emailed me to ask if I was interested in buying one (or more) of the three domain names he listed in the email. I was interested in one, and he told me the price was $500,000. When I saw the price, I said no and he asked for a counter. I told the owner we were too far apart, and I didn't bother to submit an offer. A couple of months after receiving the email, I saw that the domain name sold for around $10,000. Had the owner started in → Read More The post Have a Reasonable Price When Doing Outbound Sales appeared first on DomainInvesting.com. ...read more
  • Weekend Musings + Hiking in Austin

    Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my Weekend Musings. I've had a few emails from readers over the last couple of months asking for more photos in my weekend musings posts so I'll be doing my best to make these posts more visual going forward. The photo above is from a hike that we did in Austin yesterday. One of the things I really appreciate about Austin after living in LA is how close you are to nature even when you're in the heart of the city. We live in the middle of downtown but are only ten minutes from about ten different hiking spots all that five minutes in make you feel like you're in a middle of nowhere. Yesterday we hiked along the to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls, both along the Barton Creek Greenbelt which is a series of trails running along Barton Creek. The water is beautiful and yes, you can go in it and a lot of people do at several different points along the trail: This weekend represents something new that Daina and I are trying, a weekend off. We typically end up working most weekends, which we love doing since our work really doesn't feel like work, but we still think it's good for the soul to try to spend a weekend away from our computers. Of course I we still ended-up working a bit last night, and I've been doing emails this morning, but hey, it's a step in the right direction! This morning we are going to head over to the Colorado River for some kayaking, then I'll be doing Yoga while Daina does Ballet, and then we'll probably go swimming. The weather is absolutely beautiful in Austin right now and I'm excited about the day ahead. Of course this is only a small fraction of our lives so here's a quick update on what's on my mind this week: Interviewing, interviewing, interviewing – we have four open positions at Fashion Metric and right now our main focus has been interviewing. It has been an incredible learning experience and something that I think we get better at with each person. Most of these are senior-level positions which means we are hiring people with more experience than us, which can be a bit weird but is also incredibly exciting and it is so amazing to see how many bright and creative people want to join the Fashion Metric team, it feels like we really are building a dream team. Working with clients – our API is live and we have clients that are actively using it. This is incredibly exciting and it's also so important for these early clients to have an amazing experience with FM. Building our company culture – now that we have our own office and a team that's bigger than Daina and myself we're thinking more and more about how to create a great company culture. It's something I've thought about a lot before but doing it is a whole different thing. Luckily we have ...read more
  • Nice to See Donuts Sharing

    Despite not having much of a financial stake with the new domain extensions at this point, I've been reading the Donuts blog with great interest as the company shares renewal data and insight. Since the vast majority of companies in the space are private, I did not expect to learn much aside from observations made using data from nTLDStats (or NameStat.org). As a privately held company, Donuts does not have to publicly share its private data. In fact, most private companies in this space do not share beyond what is required. Donuts has been sharing though, and it is nice to see. → Read More The post Nice to See Donuts Sharing appeared first on DomainInvesting.com. ...read more
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