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Sherpa Founders Series: A Look Ahead – with Domain Industry Veteran & Serial Entrepreneur Richard Lau

Sherpa Founders Series: A Look Ahead – with Domain Industry Veteran & Serial Entrepreneur Richard Lau

Serial entrepreneur and domain name industry veteran Richard Lau has been highly visible lately as he has been discussing his latest company, Logo.com. We discuss his background in the industry and his thoughts for the future!

Any domain investors interested in the future of conferencing, will benefit from today’s show!

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Sherpa Founders Series: Gateway.io as Cypherpunk Activism: Decentralizing the Internet – with Mike Carson

Sherpa Founders Series: Gateway.io as Cypherpunk Activism: Decentralizing the Internet – with Mike Carson

Mike Carson, the savvy programmer and founder of Park.io, explains the launch of Gateway.io and what that means as an opportunity both for new types of domain name investing as well as decentralization of domain names and/or DNS.

Frankly, anyone who uses the internet and wants to know what the future may look like, and certainly any individual who invests in domains or corporate brand manager, will benefit from today’s show!

Sherpa Founders Series: Common Startup/VC Misconceptions about Domain Names – with Morgan Linton

Sherpa Founders Series: Common Startup/VC Misconceptions about Domain Names – with Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton, a Tech Founder entrenched in the San Francisco startup community, is also a knowledgeable and successful domain name investor. Hear Morgan dispell common myths startup founders and VCs have about the value of domains. Morgan also provides useful advice for navigating the VC world, pitching, and so much more!

Any startup or VC seeking to understand domain name values will benefit from this show!

Sherpa Founders Series: Signaling Strength via .COM for a B2B – with Daniel Vassallo

Sherpa Founders Series: Signaling Strength via .COM for a B2B – with Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo, who recently quit his $500k/year Software Engineering job at Amazon to found UserBase.com, has a very insightful approach to entrepreneurship, and some phenomenal advice for you. We discuss his acquisition of the domain UserBase.com and why he spent 25% of his entire startup budget on a premium.com.

He has a clear message on the power of utilizing a .COM for a B2B startup in the tech space. Also, Daniel divulges how he made $70K off an ebook he just launched a couple months ago, and how he proactively built his Twitter audience to 22,000 followers in a year.

Any entrepreneur will benefit from this show!

How a Startup Founder Negotiated and Purchased Snappa.com – With Chris Gimmer

How a Startup Founder Negotiated and Purchased Snappa.com – With Chris Gimmer

Chris Gimmer and his co-founder built a pretty slick piece of software called Snappa. I liked it so much I became a paying customer just nine months after their launch.

But they launched on a .io domain name and – as Gimmer describes in “How (and Why) We Purchased the Snappa.com Domain for $40,000” – their “cool startup domain name” left their customers confused and questioning the longevity of their operations. So, negotiating the price down from $84,500, they bought Snappa.com for $40,000 on a payment plan.

But nothing is ever as easy as it sounds, and in this interview Gimmer explains the details behind his thought process at each stage of his bootstrapped SaaS startup.

The Quickest Path to $60M/month: Buy Business, Add Exact-Match Domain – With John Rampton

The Quickest Path to $60M/month: Buy Business, Add Exact-Match Domain – With John Rampton

What do you get when you combine a killer, three-character exact-match domain name with the assets of a software-as-a-service invoicing provider?

A quick path to generating revenue.

That’s what today’s Sherpa did, combining a $130,000 domain name with a $20,000 asset purchase. And they were up and running, with some customers saying the brand is so familiar they think they’ve used them in the past.

One year into operations, Due.com is processing about $60 million per month in transactions. Here’s how it happened.

$1.5M and 7 Years Later, Noah Kagan Owns the Killer Brand – Sumo.com – for His 8-Figure Business

$1.5M and 7 Years Later, Noah Kagan Owns the Killer Brand – Sumo.com – for His 8-Figure Business

Lots of companies make eight figures per year and generate a high profit margin. But those that upgrade to a premium domain name can see even greater success and market dominance.

Consider:
* Slack used to be SlackHQ.com.
* Facebook used to be TheFacebook.com.
* Dropbox used to be GetDropbox.com.
* Mint used to be MyMint.com.

Those companies that buy a premium domain name are saying something about their company to their customers and the industry. According to Noah Kagan, they’re saying they have status, they’re going to last the test of time, and they have a “seriousness of business.”

Learn how Kagan persisted through seven years of negotiations to finally own Sumo.com, and how his financing creativity finally got the deal done.

Conquering the $15 Billion North America Battery Market with a Killer Exact-Match Domain, Batteries.com – With David Clements

Conquering the $15 Billion North America Battery Market with a Killer Exact-Match Domain, Batteries.com – With David Clements

Should you buy a killer, exact-match domain name and build a business?

Or should you stick to the business of investing in domain names?

If you want to know what goes into running a business—with employees, inventory, shipping/receiving and customer service—this is the show to watch.

And what better exact-match domain name to take on the $15 billion North America ($62 billion worldwide) battery market than Batteries.com.

How Russ Artzt Built a $4.5B Software Company and Why He’s Tackling Domains Next

How Russ Artzt Built a $4.5B Software Company and Why He’s Tackling Domains Next

Russ Artzt shares his insights on founding software company CA Technologies, building it to $4.5B, launching new products and services over the past 40 years, and how naming and branding took place in this Global 1000 company.

If that isn’t enough, Russ also gives us an overview of a new software company he’s developing that helps companies measure, analyze and improve their digital assets, including domain names, websites and third-party accounts.

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The Evolution of The Grooming Network and Acquisition of Beard.com – With Luke Webster

The DomainSherpa audience often asks us to check in with past Sherpas to see how their business has fared since their interview. So that’s what we’re delivering today.

Luke Webster started his shaving business on a single, niche, exact-match domain name: VintageStraightRazor.com. But he executed day in and day out and reinvested profits. Today his venture, now called The Grooming Network, sells razors and blades of all types, soaps, brushes, cologne, and more.

We find out how his revenue has grown, what his vision is for the next few years, and how domain names, a “club” model and content marketing are going to play important roles in future growth.

Oh, and I ask Luke how much he paid for Beard.com and why he’s financing most of his high-value domain names. It’s a great show with a great entrepreneur.

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