brandable-domains – solid one-word .COM, a little long for my taste but that usually means it will be a better deal than it’s shorter neighbors. It’s a word that everyone knows so it’s easy to remember and I sure hope everyone can spell it. – great domain for a startup that teaches PHP classes or a consulting company offering PHP coding services. Pretty niche specific, but great if it’s your niche. – 22 year-old one word .COM perfect for any startup in the GPS or mapping space. – another nice aged domain, 21 years-old and a nice choice for a media agency looking for a good, easy-to-spell, easy-to-remember domain name. – okay so this one is very specific, but given how popular Facebook is I thought it was still worth including. You’d probably have to be a startup that has created some algorithmic unfriending technology, and if that sounds like you, this is probably the best name out there.



So for those who know me, you know that I take a lot of pictures and videos. It runs in the family and with smartphones I’ve found I’m documenting my life more than ever before. Couple this with the fact that I am a VR nut and I’ve decided to buy a 360 VR camera.

Now I’m no expert when it comes to 360 VR cameras, I’ve never used one before and I actually don’t think I even know someone that has one. After searching around the web I found a few solid articles but one video really gets it done, and in three minutes.

If you’re ready to bite the bullet and start shooting video for VR, or if you’re just curious, watch this video and three minutes from now you’ll have a good foundation.


While most VC’s will tell you that they want to focus on startup shooting for the moon and selling for $1B+, the data shows that even selling for $100M is not the norm. In fact, over the last few years the median acquisition price of a software startup has declined from $80M in 2014 down to $60M in 2016 according to data posted on popular VC Tomasz Tunguz’s blog:


(Source –

Of course it’s easy to say that a billion dollars is the place to be, and make it sound downright normal since the average deal size is getting closer to a billion every year. The reason for this is that the big, juicy, monster deals, are getting bigger. Companies selling for $10B, $20B and even as high as $29B are bringing up the average and making to seem like we’re in some kind of magical unicorn playground.


So while a billion dollars might sound great, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that most successful software companies sell for a billion dollars…take a zero off the number and you’re still about $40M north of the median.


I was reading one of my favorite domain blogs this morning – (Konstantinos rocks, sharp guy, solid writer) and noticed my name mentioned in the comments, and yes, I got slammed. As I read the comment though I realized, the guy was actually right and brings up a good point. Here’s his comment:


While I definitely have better domains than (which I’m pretty sure I don’t own, do I?) I do agree that I’m not an expert. Domains that I own are names like,, etc. not three-word .NET names. But when I look at the domain name world I look at experts as people like Mike Mann, Michael Berkens, Frank Schilling, people making millions of dollars in the domain industry.

I’ve been using domains as my investment strategy rather than investing in the stock market or real estate, but I’ve never been a full-time Domainer and I probably never will be. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish, last year I made close to $200,000 in the domain world…but that’s $800,000 shy of $1M which is probably the mark you have to be at to call yourself an expert. In my time in the domain world I have bought, sold and brokered north of $5M in domains but I can tell you the experts have done tens of millions of dollars and been in this space a lot longer than me.

All this being said, I’m not talking about domain names at NamesCon, I’m at an “Expert Table” with the topic “Entrepreneurial Strategy: Tips for launching your startup” which is a topic I’m comfortable talking about since I’ve been running a venture-backed startup for the last four years. That being said, I wouldn’t say I’m an “Expert” when it comes to startups either. This is my first startup and I’m still learning every day and am thankful to have some great investors and advisors helping accelerate my knowledge.

The whole “Expert” term is probably thrown around a lot more than it should. I’m 35 years-old, I’ve been buying and selling domain names for nine years, running a startup full time for the last four years, neither of those things would I call myself an expert in. I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned about launching a startup over the last four years at NamesCon but I do agree with Brandon on this one, I’m definitely no expert and we should be careful who we label as experts because the term is definitely thrown around way too much…


Has anyone tried SkimDaddy?

I got an email over the weekend about a new service called SkimDaddy – a Chrome Extension that can add what looks likes a truckload of data to Go Daddy auctions. I haven’t tried it yet but here’s a quick look at what the extension would look like when installed:


At first glance it looks pretty cool, but it’s priced at $349/month which in my book means it better add a TON of value to justify the cost. There’s a 14-day free trial so I’ll probably take it for a spin but I thought I’d see if any of my readers had taken it for a spin first and had any feedback, good or bad?


Remember when mini-sites were all the rage?


Let’s take a step back in time, rewind back to 2004, 2005, 2006 and when I got started in this crazy world of domain names – 2007. These were the times when mini-sites were all the rage. Yes – the idea was simple, or so it seemed. Buy a bunch of domain names, put a simple 5-10 page “mini-sites” on them laden with Google Adsense and sit back while you money printing machine did it’s job.

Then came Google who over the course of a couple years crushed the mini-site, which in the end was probably better for the average user searching on Google but royally sucked for those of us who were making good money with mini-sites.

All that being said, there are still mini-sites that are alive and strong today and tonight I was just thinking back to when I had a network of mini-sites, each their own little money-printing machine which in aggregate made good money and were a meaningful part of my business when I was just getting started.

In 2016 I know most mini-sites have been killed off by Google but some still survive. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from my readers – do you have mini-sites that are still making money? Comment and let your voice be heard!


Recently I’ve been talking with a startup that I met in San Francisco last week at an event one of our VC firms put on for their portfolio companies. The startup is going through a rebranding and they are trying to pick the right domain name for their business. They currently have a brandable one-word .COM that’s not working for them because it doesn’t pass the radio or billboard test.

For those who don’t know what the radio or billboard test is, I’ll give a quick recap. The radio test means if someone hears your name on the radio they can easily remember it and type it into Google to get to your site. The billboard test means if someone were to see your name on a billboard (remember billboards?) they would be able to remember it and type it into Google to get to your site.

Ten years ago people used to hear a name and go directly to, now people go to and type in “company name” which is why we see so many companies branding around TLDs like .CO, .ME, .IO and many of the other new gTLDs like .WORLD, .CLUB, etc.

This particular startup is B2B and they are trying to decide between a one-word .CO, .ME, or .IO for their business, or a two-word .COM. There are countless examples of venture-backed startups branding on two-word .IO’s with being one of my favorite examples as a fellow Techstars company. At the same time, it’s no secret that .COM has been around for a lot longer and without a doubt far more startups brand on two-word .COMs than anything else.

Still if you want to call your company one single word, .COM pricing can be in the six-figure range which is where other domain extensions like .CO, .ME, and .IO can really shine.

So what would you do? Would you pick a one-word .CO, .ME, or .IO or a two-word .COM?



Hello, happy Saturday and welcome to Morgan’s Flippa Five. Every week I go through Flippa’s huge inventory of domain auctions and hand-pick five brandable domain names that I think would make a great brand for a startup. Most of the names I pick are ones I think will sell for under $10,000, but occasionally I find a name or two that are more expensive but just too good not to include. Enjoy! – I have covered this domain in the past and I still love it just as much, a great brandable two-word .COM for a startup in the online payments space. – 20 year-old, one-word .COMs like this don’t sell in the four-figure range but there no doubt it’s a great brand, easy to remember, easy to spell, and generic enough to be used for just about anything. – a solid two-word .COM brand for a startup in the charging space. Given that we all carry smarthphones that still can’t last a full day charging is a big space that’s only getting bigger. – nice, broad-use .IO brand. If you wanted it would likely easily cost over $25,000 – this is a great brand to own that will most likely sell for under $10k. As I’ve said many times before, I think .IO is great for developer-related products and services and B2B companies. – 21-year old category killer domain, perfect for a startup in the carpooling/ridesharing space. Hard to find a bigger domain than this in this niche.

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Where do you go to buy expired domains?


We’re approaching the ten year anniversary of, it’s crazy to think I’ve been writing for ten years, but yes, like the rest of you, I’m getting old. Over the years I’ve moved from service to service, constantly trying new companies offering access to expired domains to find the ones that work best for me and my investment strategy.

Right now I’d have to say I don’t have one favorites but two – it’s a tie between and Go Daddy Auctions when it comes to buying expired domain names. Both have made me 10x on my investments and continue to offer incredible names at wholesale prices.

Most of the domains I buy from the aftermarket, like most domain investors I started by hand-registering domains, and while I’ve had some great flips off of names I hand registered for under $10, my best flips have been expired domains.

So now I turn the question to you – where do you go to buy expired domains?


As many of your probably know, Samsung has been in the doghouse for making a phone that might just spontaneously combust. Since I fly almost every week I’ve been reminded of this fact every time I’m on a plane since it’s now part of FAA protocol to tell passengers to turn off their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before take-off.


(Image source – The Verge)

Well Samsung has been doing their best to get replacement Galaxy Note 7’s out to people, this time the kind that don’t randomly catch on fire. So far so good…until one of the replacement phones caught on fire on a Southwest flight this morning.

“Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge.

More worrisome is the fact that the phone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung. The Verge spoke to Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, on the phone earlier today and he confirmed that he had picked up the new phone at an AT&T store on September 21st. A photograph of the box shows the black square symbol that indicates a replacement Note 7 and Green said it had a green battery icon.”

(Source – The Verge)

I currently have a Galaxy S7 that I use with my GearVR headset and lately I’ve been a bit concerned about using it. If the Galaxy S7’s closest cousin is catching on fire, and I’m putting this one right in front of my face, how safe is it to use a GearVR, let’s think about it?

I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the idea of strapping a cellphone to your face, for those who have used a GearVR you’ll notice that the phone gets incredibly hot after about 20 minutes of use. For now I think I’ll take a break from the Gear and stick to the Oculus Rift that doesn’t have a cellphone strapped in an inch from my eyes.

There’s no doubt Samsung is going to lose a lot of customers to this…looks like Google was just in time with their Pixel phone and Daydream VR headset.