Mark Zuckerberg Launches Technology Lobby On FWD.us

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his new technology lobby today and they have decided to build the brand on FWD.us. The brand name is pronounced “Forward U.S.” and comprises some of the most influential names in tech. Joe Green, an entrepreneur in residence (EIN) for Andreessen Horowitz will be serving as the president of FWD.us. Joe was the co-founder of NationBuilder, a successful community building platform founded in 2011 that raised $6.25M last March.

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As you can see from the front page of the site the initial focus is immigration reform which is a very hot topic in the tech world right now. In a Washington Post article Zuckerberg was quoted saying:

“To lead the world in this new economy, our workforce needs the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best.” (Washington Post)

While there are a number of other technology lobbies out there, none are run by Mark Zuckerberg who brings a certain level of attention and press interest that is pretty darn hard to match.

I think this also shows a .US name being used in the way it was intended. As many of you know I invested heavily in .US when I started out in the domain industry only to find-out they have very limited liquidity. I don’t think buying tons of 3L .US names is going to make you a fortune, even if the Zuck is building a brand on one.

What I do think this shows is that people are becoming more comfortable with .US as Americas ccTLD. Sure, .COM is still king but for causes like this where the focus is on the US, .US is about as good a fit as you can get.

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  • Logan Flatt April 11, 2013, 9:45 am

    Which is why I’m going to hold onto debtcrisis.us – the U.S. government’s shit is going to hit the fan one day.

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  • Adi Weitzman April 11, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Cctlds such as .us are good for government and tax related domains as you said Morgan on your interview with Domain Sherpa. Do you think that lobbyists will start using .us names as a result of Zuckerberg’s leap? I think it might work for lobbying organizations but I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on the matter…

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    • Morgan April 11, 2013, 3:46 pm

      @Adi – I don’t think lobbyists will start using .US but I do think it was a good fit for what Mark wanted to use it for.

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  • Aaron Strong April 11, 2013, 3:04 pm

    After hearing this news I may use Strong.US to promote a “comon sense” compassionate fix to immigration. This is something the Zuck knows nothing about. If Marco Rubio is reading this you can have for free Strong.US.

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  • joe April 11, 2013, 3:45 pm

    My opinion on this matter can be very limited but I can say for 5 years if not living in USA can I register domain names with dot-us, now this is not possible in ICANN registrars this is the same as other countries of the western area, there is only one of ICANN is Marcaria.com with which you can register in about-us.

    What the Zuck is a young guy like that come into being other Internet history with new innovations that have gone well, now is rich and does not lack anything, but in the economic and financial investor with its output in the stock market and it went very badly, wasting much money those who trust him, and that nothing ever happen as well go happy, this is a case in reverse as the founder Megaplaud guilty for being extravagant with high-end automobiles, arrested and charged by many charges that ultimately were not true, you should always give iuna great news for truth where there is danger of people Stock market and rotate the view to imply that it has done well, all to gain more money and ultimately not being culpavble anything back again, with new innovative applications.

    The big difference between the two by the news of economy and stock market to read in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial thimes to be subscribed is that markets are in bad eye to Facebook.

    This is what we have now, tomorrow may be different, not all gold that glitters is desired or shine.

    Thanks

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  • LegislatorsGoneWild April 11, 2013, 7:56 pm

    Yes, the US does need “trained” and “trainable” talent.

    However, I’m not going to sit around watching and listening to confused entrepreneurs like Zuckerburg, etc., influence national policy in a direction that is harmful to all of us.

    It appears that Mark Zuckerberg is another technical wizard who experienced much financial success yet is not well-informed about the destruction to our country that is being caused by 30 million illegal aliens. There are important and valid reasons why a country has borders, a common language, and a shared culture. These non-citizens are criminals by their illegal very presence in the country. They commit identification documentation fraud, welfare fraud, financial fraud, etc. These non-citizens are used as pawns by manipulative politicians to gain political power and are often abused by some American employers who should be providing employment opportunities to American citizens.

    I visited Wikipedia to read about the H-1B VISA because that is frequently used as a re-herring argument in support of amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Excerpt from Wikipedia: The H-1B VISA is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act. It allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the US. The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor[1] including but not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum [2] (with the exception of fashion models, who must be “of distinguished merit and ability”).[3] Likewise, the foreign worker must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and state licensure, if required to practice in that field. H-1B work-authorization is strictly limited to employment by the sponsoring employer.

    If you want to streamline the worker VISA process, fine.

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  • Domain Flipping April 13, 2013, 9:02 am

    the domain was register back in 2004… did they buy the domain?

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