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It’s not something you hear of happening often, and in this case, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this — a portfolio containing major Bay Area cities including both SanFrancisco.com and Oakland.com. I did a double-take when I first heard about this because domains like these are rarely available together, and in many cases are “not for sale” if you ping the owners and want to buy one.

While there are plenty of amazing domain sales reported every week, and domains like Voice.com sold for $30M last year, I think this is the first time a portfolio with so many high-caliber domains has hit the market. …


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It all started with “work from home Wednesdays” and well, as they say, the rest is history. There are a million articles about remote teams now that we’re all stuck inside so I’ll do my best to keep this short and not repeat what everyone else has been saying.

What I think is interesting about our journey to remote is that we really did it step-by-step. It all started when one of our engineers suggested “work from home Wednesdays,” which was an instant hit. …


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We started to self-quarantine two weeks ago on March 3rd. Most of our friends and family thought we were crazy, on Twitter some people called me a “fear monger” and ridiculed our overreaction to something they said was “just like the common flu.” Today, San Francisco has asked everyone to self-quarantine and it’s very likely cities and states across the country will be doing the same very soon.

So why did we start a self-quarantine two weeks ago while everyone else was living their normal lives here? We focused on reading news from Asia and listening to Doctors and medical professionals, all said the same thing — the sooner we can all stay home, the quicker we can reduce the community spread…and yes, community spread started more than two weeks ago. …


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I’ve been traveling to Asia for almost twenty years in a now, and each year I’m increasingly more excited about everything that’s going on there — and lately the startup scene has me more excited than ever. While we all know and use products and services from companies in Asia, I’ve found that many investors in the US don’t really know much about the startup scene there, especially in markets outside of China like South Korea and Japan.

I live in San Francisco so I’m inundated with all things “startup” wherever I go. That’s one of the things I love about living here, the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the air is almost palpitable. At the same time, I’m seeing the same environment growing quickly in places like Seoul and Tokyo led by startups none of us here in the Bay Area have heard about, and they are changing the world…just on the other side of the world. …


It’s a situation so many startups find themselves in, they come up with a name for their company only to find out the .COM is out of reach. Enter .IO, a domain extension that has seen incredible adoption rates that don’t seem to be slowing down.

While most people think .IO stands for “input/output” it’s actually a ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain). Just like Italy has .IT and Spain has .ES, .IO actually stands for “Indian Ocean” (read more) a British Territory that is, not surprisingly, operated by a company in the U).

As a startup founder here in San Francisco I see .IO every day and I see more and more startups gravitating towards the extension every year. At the same time, it’s easy to get too close to something and mistake what you’re seeing as a general trend…so I decided it would be good to dive into the data a bit more. …


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I started angel investing a little over two years ago, and from day one I told myself I would focus on the entertainment and gaming space because it’s an incredibly high growth sector, and it centers around bringing people joy which felt like a win-win to me. While I’m not much of a gamer myself, I was as a kid (Civilization was the first game to really captivate me) and today I am absolutely fascinated by the gaming world, how quickly is is growing, and the communities it is creating.

What is accelerating the growth of gaming more than anything is eSports, a way for anyone to get excited about games, whether they play them or not. If you think about it, most NFL fans don’t play football or have dreams of “going pro,” they just love the game and the community around it. The same is true for gaming and thanks to eSports, it is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. …


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I can currently speak two languages, English and Spanish. To become fluent in Spanish I did what most people do, I took it in school for a long time, twelve years in my case. I started taking Spanish when I was five and finished when I was seventeen and looking back I realized that the way we have traditionally learned languages is broken…okay maybe not completely broken, but it sure is slow.

About a year ago I decided I wanted to learn Japanese, motivated by two things:

  1. I want to be able to do business in Japan (in Japanese)
  2. I want to be able to travel around Japan and visit destinations that tourists never venture to and actually have a conversation with people about…


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It’s crazy to think of, but in a few months we will have been running our startup (can we still call it a startup?) for seven years. Over the course of our journey we’ve learned a lot, had some major success, some major failures, and most importantly, we’ve done our best to learn from both.

At the end of the day, my biggest reflection on being a founder is that my happiness is, more than anything else, directly related to the happiness of our team. …


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I just hit my one-year anniversary of living in San Francisco. I’m originally from Berkeley so I’m no stranger to seeing homelessness front and center on a daily basis. What has surprised me so much after moving to San Francisco is the way that people approach what is clearly a humanitarian crisis happening in one of the most prosperous cities in the world.

At the core, San Francisco has to do a much better job when it comes to providing mental health services, housing, etc. This needs to be solved, but it’s going to take time. …


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I was at Sonos for close to a decade, it was an incredible journey, and during that time I saw the product go from being completely unknown to becoming a household name. Now that Sonos is public I’ve seen people compare them to GoPro and Fitbit a lot, and in this analysis I think people are missing what really makes Sonos special.

Sonos is a multi-room music system.

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Morgan Linton

co-founder at Bold Metrics| previously at Sonos | I write a lot and take way too many photos

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