Weekend Musings

Austin Texas

Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. The last week was one of the busiest weeks of the last decade. Techstars, as a startup accelerator is doing exactly what I had imagined, accelerating us by thrusting us into the heart of the Austin startup, VC, and angel investing scene.

It’s intense. We have a minimum of 6 meetings a day and over the last three weeks we have met with more investors and successful startup founders than I have in the last five years. Information overload? Yes, but in a very good way.

As for Austin I have officially fallen in love with the city. Whole Foods has become just about a daily destination (they have their HQ in Austin and Flagship store two blocks from our apartment) and there are multiple startup events happening every single night. This evening after spending most of the day working (yes we do work just about every minute of every day) we took a bike ride along the Colorado River, the photo above was taken along the way.

While I have tons of exciting updates I have to get ready for tomorrow’s meetings and some of the important work we are doing with some of our latest pilot customers. There are now over 70 people on-deck who want to use Fashion Metric to decrease returns, increase conversions, or improve their existing design patterns. There aren’t enough hours in the day and yes we are hiring.

As for domain names, I’ll be honest, this really isn’t a big part of my life any more. Thanks to Matt (VP of Linton Investments) and our team my domain business is growing but I’m not involved too much any more. I still spend plenty of money on domains, we sell and broker names every month but its grown as a business that doesn’t need my direct involvement as much any more.

My focus now and for the foreseeable future isn’t ten things, it’s one thing, Fashion Metric. Of course you’ve probably noticed I’m still blogging every single day (except some weekends), I absolutely love blogging and don’t plan on ever stopping. What you probably will notice is that my blog content will focus more and more on the world of startups and investing since that’s where my focus is.

One of the biggest lessons I learned over the last five years is that you can do ten things pretty well or one thing really well. So while you might not see me at conferences as much as you used to, and you won’t see me on forums or at MeetUp groups, I’m still here, watching from the sidelines as we work hard to build a company that we think will change the world.

Too many musings? By now you know that when I have things on my mind, I put them here, and for those of you who have been reading my blog for the last 7 years you know I hold nothing back. My readership has grown considerably over the last two years and now I have more startup founders, angel investors, and venture capitalists reading my blog than ever before. These are exciting times and as usual, I look forward to sharing my adventures with all of you.

Want to read something awesome? Check-out this article on Medium my friend Greg just published, lots of nuggets in here.

Now back to work!

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  • owen frager June 29, 2014, 10:03 pm

    “One of the biggest lessons I learned over the last five years is that you can do ten things pretty well or one thing really well.” Bingo! So proud of you and happy for you. No one works harder or deserves it more.

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  • Domenclature.com June 29, 2014, 11:03 pm

    @Linton,

    You will be back. Or should I say, you’ll never leave.

    May I inform you that after Google pretended like domainers are the scourge of business, guess who coming to domaining? Google, that’s who.

    Linton, you’ve been saying goodbye to us now for 3 damn yes, and I hope you’ll stop it, please. What is there to concentrate about start-up? Open the damn fashion thing already!

    Please don’t blog the day to day start-up thing again, please…

    Give us more info on domaining…. or open another blog for your start-up people, and leave this one for us domainers who enjoy reading your goddamn blog for the domaining stuff.

    Did I tell ya Google is coveting our industry? We must be doing something right.

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  • Leonard Britt June 30, 2014, 5:23 am

    Interesting – I know you are REALLY busy but keep us informed on how Fashion Metric is progressing. Being able to spend time with other startup founders I’m sure is a great experience. It also sounds like you are enjoying Austin. I wish you the best.

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  • Joe June 30, 2014, 7:59 am

    Well Morgan, you’re where you wanted at the time and if you see that it is best for you and Daina forward following this path the Fashion Metric that is exhausting to know the world of fashion for years, but times change technolgies withthe current.

    Your so most do not want to leave the domain is like a drug that can leave when you want but knowing your personality is hard to thee I like talking in coferences and negotiations, the email that you receive special offers and others as well write another post tomorrow to remove when opening your mail. (I also do now eliminate what is not interesting).

    You have a name for the new limited company in Spain in September to start up in Barcelona as the official headquarters and operational where live to be near my mother a great person like you know delicate health. She be employed and have a single employee to start outsourcing rest on the principles have to save and not spend too much here in Spain tax not sew.

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  • Michael June 30, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Sounds fun ! building something new is way more fun then selling. My sisters live in Dallas they seem to like it. I like reading your blog on what is going on in the start-up world more then domains! I would say a good start-up has to have somebody that knows the value of a domain name.

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  • Morgan June 30, 2014, 3:14 pm

    @Domenclature – no big change here…remember I left Sonos and Linton Investments back in October of 2012 so it’s already been almost two years. Just always like reflecting on the change and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

    I’ll always love domains and it looks like my domain business will make even more than it did last year so it’s growing, just as a business rather than a job for myself. I still read all the Domaining blogs even if I’m not commenting as much as I used to.

    All that being said you will see more posts about startups, funding, and building a business since that’s where my focus is now. There are lots of great Domaining blogs you can read if you want the focus to be 100% Domaining, this blog will always be about me and what I’m up to 🙂

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  • Domenclature.com June 30, 2014, 4:26 pm

    @Linton,

    Okay – I think we were lost in semantics; you are not abandoning us, just working on a different project, albeit with more concentration over there; it’s more sexy to do a Fashion Start-up, who can blame you? We are all proud of your achievements there, including the renowned partnership deals heretofore, and we wish you continued success there.

    Let’s make a compromise – Just don’t blog too much about the time split doing it and doing domaining 😉

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    • Morgan June 30, 2014, 5:21 pm

      @Domenclature – not at all, what I am saying is I have built my domain business as a business, rather than a job for myself. I still spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on domains and we bring in six-figures in revenue. I love the domain industry but never had dreams of working in the industry, always had dreams of building a business in it.

      I also am looking at buying real estate but like my domain business I’ll be hiring people to manage that. My focus is where my passion is, building a startup that changes the way people shop for clothes online.

      I agree to that compromise my friend and as always really appreciate your comments! 🙂

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