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Preparing for the Inevitable Availability of Recreational Marijuana – With Noel Abbott

Preparing for the Inevitable Availability of Recreational Marijuana – With Noel Abbott

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, but recreational marijuana is legal in only two states so far…one of which is my home state of Washington.

Based purely on a clinical interest, I found an entrepreneur who has placed a bet on recreational marijuana domain names and has built a fledgling web development and marketing business around the cannabis industry in the states of Washington and Colorado.

In this interview we learn what he’s done, how he’s done it and how you might want to do the same in your state.

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How to Value Short Letter and Number Domain Names – With Aron Meystedt

How to Value Short Letter and Number Domain Names – With Aron Meystedt

In today’s interview, Aron Meystedt describes valuation ranges not only for two- and three-letter domain names (e.g., AA.com, BN.com), but also for two- and three-number domain names (e.g., 16.com, 144.com).

While DJI.com sold for $300,000 and 114.com sold for $2.1 million, both in July 2013, one is likely an outlier. Find out which in this interview.

Also in this interview is an opportunity to sell LL.com, LLL.com, NN.com and NNN.com domain names through Heritage Auctions to their 800,000 registered users.

How to Sell a Brandable Domain Name – With Dave Evanson

How to Sell a Brandable Domain Name – With Dave Evanson

Brandable domain names – domain names that don’t necessarily mean anything or cannot be associated with a product or service, such as Google.com, eBay.com and Fiver.com – are tough to sell because most companies are not actively looking for them.

But on today’s show, you will learn how to do just that. Watch this master class on selling brandable domain names, featuring the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Name Broker of the Year.

The Gamer Who’s Going to Make Math Fun – With Bill Karamouzis

The Gamer Who’s Going to Make Math Fun – With Bill Karamouzis

Many entrepreneurs today grew up playing role-playing games. Gaming can teach you many things, including problem solving, how to look for clues, group dynamics – and game theory.

Equipped with such skills from his days gaming as a youth, Bill Karamouzis started, grew and sold three successful gaming companies. Today, he’s starting his fourth – TeachMe.com – and with two young daughters at home, he is shifting his focus from time-killing games to games aimed at making math skills fun and rewarding with MathGames.com.

A New Set of Research Tools for Domain Name Investors – With Simon Johnson

A New Set of Research Tools for Domain Name Investors – With Simon Johnson

Are you looking for a method to look up all domain names owned by a specific registrant? Then you need to watch this interview.

IPNeighborhood.com is a new suite of tools that allows you to do some interesting domain name research, like looking up all domain names owned by a specific registrant by name or email address.

UsedCardboardBoxes.com: From Storefront Failure to Dot Com Success – With Marty Metro

UsedCardboardBoxes.com: From Storefront Failure to Dot Com Success – With Marty Metro

Big companies like Amazon, Citigroup and Dell know the value of an exact match domain (EMD) – they own Diapers.com, Mortgage.com and CloudComputing.com, respectively. But smaller companies and upstarts can also benefit tremendously from EMDs.

That was the case with Marty Metro and UsedCardboardBoxes.com.

In this interview, Metro describes the two failed business models he went through before his current success, and how UsedCardboardBoxes.com grew and is now generating revenue that’s trending toward eight figures per year.

The Unseen Threat to GeoDomain Owners and Local Media Companies – with Skip Hoagland

The Unseen Threat to GeoDomain Owners and Local Media Companies – with Skip Hoagland

If you own a geographic domain name, such as HiltonHead.com or Seattle.com, or a newspaper, radio station, television station or media company focused on a local geography, there may be an unseen competitor to your business – and the competitor might not be playing fair.

Skip Hoagland has been fighting against unfair business practices since October 2011. Watch this interview to learn more about this issue, and what you can do to determine if abuse is happening in your city.

Domain Name Broker Tips from the World Record Holder of Domain Name Sales – With Jeff Gabriel

Domain Name Broker Tips from the World Record Holder of Domain Name Sales – With Jeff Gabriel

If you want to learn about domain name sales and negotiations, why not go directly to the broker who facilitated the world record-setting sale of Sex.com for $13 million?

In this interview, Jeff Gabriel shares some emotional highs and lows of his career, as well as domain name sales and negotiation strategies and tactics.

What Startups Need to Know About Acquiring a Killer Domain Name – With Andrew Rosener

What Startups Need to Know About Acquiring a Killer Domain Name – With Andrew Rosener

Worldwide, there are about 150 million new businesses being started up each year.

With some startups being funded to grow as quickly as possible, many are interested in purchasing killer domain names so they can create a memorable brand. Noted venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures suggests to start-ups he invests in that they allocate $50,000 to buy a good domain name.

Is spending tens of thousands of dollars a smart investment for startups? That’s the question we’re going to answer on today’s show.

AirportParking.com: Building the Travelocity of Airport Parking – With Raj Beri

AirportParking.com: Building the Travelocity of Airport Parking – With Raj Beri

Oversee.net already had a profitable online ecommerce business with AboutAirportParking.com. So why did they buy AirportParking.com?

Learn how Oversee is diversifying their parking aggregator offering, how one site helped jump-start the content of the second, and how a differentiated website offering can be custom tailored to a different demographic group of customers.

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