Kickstart Commerce Podcast - Domain Investing & Development Strategies
From Hawking Airplane Headsets to Brokering Domains with Brooke Hernandez

From Hawking Airplane Headsets to Brokering Domains with Brooke Hernandez

April 30, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Brooke Hernandez a.k.a. The Broker Brooke — a Domain Consultant and Branding Agent with Saw.com.

Today Brooke and I:

  • Connect the dots from commercial real estate to hawking airplane headsets and headphones, and finally, onto brokering domains at DomainAdvisors.com, Uniregistry.com, and  Saw.com.
  • Brooke shares about how she educated herself and refines the valuation of domains for buyers and sellers.
  • We also chat about what domain brokers do in between domain sales and during a sales drought.
  • Last but not least, Brooke also recaps a few domain sales she’s brokered, including Vacation.Rentals, as well as guidelines for branding .com and non .com domains.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Domain Investing, Cybersecurity, and Sales Engineering with Jason Thompson

Domain Investing, Cybersecurity, and Sales Engineering with Jason Thompson

April 26, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Jason Thompson — a long-time, part-time domain investor by night, and a cybersecurity and sales engineering professional by day.

Today Jason and I discuss:

  • What led him to domain investing, blogging, and how he and Morgan Linton established a domainer meetup group in downtown LA.
  • Jason talks about why he’s passionate about the .city extension as well as reveals who and where the most money is being made in the domain industry.
  • We also chat about how he navigated and adjusted to code-switching and the lack of diversity in the domain industry.
  • And last but not least, we hear from Jason about what it’s like to supplement his lifestyle with domain investing, yet building generational wealth through portfolio development.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Domains, Depression, and Redemption with Anita Walker

Domains, Depression, and Redemption with Anita Walker

April 16, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Anita Walker, a long-time domain investor, and the Founder and CEO of SmartWebby.com — a consultancy providing startup consulting, design and development, and marketing services to global clients.

Today Anita and I talk about:

  • How a passion for mathematics and coding led her and a partner to start a full-service marketing consultancy.
  • Anita also shares how specializing in naming and branding led her down the path of accidental domain investing in 2013, having first sold .org, .me, and .club domains.
  • She also discusses her rookie pricing mistake leading to a three-year sales drought, and how she’s course corrected since this time by mastering SquadHelp.com contests to sales domains.
  • And last but not least, Anita shares how one unassuming compliment from a domain legend helped her to battle and overcome depression.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

From High Volume to High Quality Domain Investing with Roman Edmond

From High Volume to High Quality Domain Investing with Roman Edmond

April 9, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Roman Edmond — a six sigma professional, personal development coach, and a decade-long, part-time domain investor.

Today Roman and I discuss:

  • How early entrepreneurial roots selling candy at school, flipping sports cards and cabbage patch kids, and newspaper routes eventually led to his buying and selling domains.
  • Roman candidly discusses outbounding domains as a door-to-door salesperson, and how he went from owning 3 domains in 2011 to just over 10,000 domains in 2012 — yes, in less than a year!
  • Roman also shares two secret questions that most domain investors fail to ask, yet these questions led to him bulk selling a portfolio of 1,000 domains.
  • In addition, we contrast and compare strategies, platforms, pricing, appraisals, and varying factors to consider when bidding on and buying domains.
  • Finally, Roman unveils his MUST-DO rules and tenets when entering into the domain industry.
  • And as a bonus, Roman also provides tips and tricks for buying and selling domains via Clubhouse.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

From two-time dropout to Namebase.io CEO — Tieshun Roquerre

From two-time dropout to Namebase.io CEO — Tieshun Roquerre

April 2, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Tieshun Roquerre — the CEO of Namebase.io, the premier domain registrar built on top of the new DNS protocol Handshake.

Today Tieshun and I dive deep into:

  • How engineering a platform to hawk t-shirts led him to drop out of high school at the age of 16.
  • Tieshun also shares how he and a partner were accepted into the Y Combinator after launching a recruiting startup for software engineering teams to grow via employee referrals.
  • In addition, we discuss the inner workings, and challenges of birthing Namebase.io only weeks before receiving a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship grant, yet a few months after dropping out of MIT.
  • We also chat about the origins of Handshake, and how both decentralized and centralized web ecosystems could possibly coexist.
  • And last but not least, Tieshun drops nothing but nuggets about the Handshake domain auction process, including the pros and cons of becoming a registry versus a Handshake domain owner/developer as well as other use cases.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

The Worldwide Jurisdiction Risk That Domain Investors and Brokers Face with Michael Gargiulo

The Worldwide Jurisdiction Risk That Domain Investors and Brokers Face with Michael Gargiulo

March 26, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Michael Garguilo — a long-time domain investor and developer, and serial entrepreneur. 

Today Michael and I confront:

  • How domain investors are one frivolous lawsuit or claim away from a domain registrar locking their digital assets
  • We specifically speak about the case of GoDaddy locking Brent Oxley’s multi-million dollar portfolio of ultra-premium domains by a bad actor filing a lawsuit in India
  • Michael shares actionable insight towards reducing and eliminating the risk of litigation lockups of domain portfolios, including which domain registrars are domain-investor friendly
  • Lastly, we talk about the future, the credibility hit, and monetary losses, that both domain owners and their domains of such frivolous lawsuits or claims face.

Also, a few days after this recording, per Domain Name Wire, Godaddy will no longer indiscriminately lock domains when they are subject to a legal challenge.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Geos, Gerunds, and Growth with the One and Only — Kate Buckley

Geos, Gerunds, and Growth with the One and Only — Kate Buckley

March 19, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

Today’s episode is not only special because of its guest, but today’s is our 100th episode.  And to celebrate such a milestone episode, our guest today needs no introduction other than Kate.

I did my homework, as you’ll soon hear, and pulled out all the stops as Kate and I:

  • Discuss how developing, advertising, and monetizing geo domains led to the founding of Buckley Media
  • Kate also shares why her domain name brokerage and branding boutique is renowned for its customized, strategic approach to consultative corporate domain services and signature relationship-building.
  • We also chat about ladies of the night, dental implants, romance, and yoga pants — who knew!?
  • And last but not least, Kate schools us on how to determine a domain’s use case and evaluation, including her specialty gerund domains.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Community, Collaboration, and Creativity in the Domain Industry with Tess Diaz

Community, Collaboration, and Creativity in the Domain Industry with Tess Diaz

March 12, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Tess Diaz, SVP of Business Development at Buckley Media, and the former Executive Producer of DomainSherpa.com.

Today Tess and I:

  • Talk about her new role with Buckley Media, the domain name brokerage and branding boutique renowned for its customized, strategic approach to consultative corporate domain services and signature relationship-building.
  • Tess shares why she greatly values community and collaboration in her new role, and how she’s using Lunchclub and Clubhouse to nurture new and existing relationships.
  • We also discuss the various levels of engaging a domain brokerage to buy and sell domains.
  • Tess also smashes my curveball of a question in regards to corporate brands using handshake domains.
  • And last but not least, Tess reveals two areas where she shines and channels creativity as her superpowers.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

Church technology, creativity, and new thinking with Churchm.ag’s Blessing Mpofu

Church technology, creativity, and new thinking with Churchm.ag’s Blessing Mpofu

March 5, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Blessing Mpofu, the Proprietor and Chief Editor of Churchm.ag — the #1 resource for church technology, creativity, and new thinking.

Today Blessing and I discuss:

  • The “trick” that led to his early passions for writing and tech
  • I learn what led a founding technologist and visionary to launch ChurchMag using the .ag extension country code for Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Blessing also shares his journey from a subscriber to becoming Chief Editor of ChurchMag
  • We discuss a highly viewed article Blessing wrote about surviving a pandemic exactly one year before COVID
  • And last but not least, Blessing confides in me with a few domain confessions — one domain purchase inspired by Trevor Noah himself.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍

Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

A School Teacher By Day, Domain Investor By Night with Stuart Maloff

A School Teacher By Day, Domain Investor By Night with Stuart Maloff

February 27, 2021

Welcome to the Kickstart Commerce podcast where we share search marketing and domain investing strategies to help grow your business.

In today's episode, our guest is Stuart Maloff — a long-time educator and 20-plus year domain veteran.

Today Stu and I dive deep into:

  • How starting a kids basketball camp led to Stu selling a geo service domain and discovering the colossal world of domaining
  • Stu also shares how he identifies and assesses undervalued 3-4 character alphanumeric domains
  • He then talks about how traveling around the globe to 30+ countries has shaped his domain pricing and investing strategy
  • Stu also shares his thoughts about Clubhouse, and predictions in regards to what’s next on the horizon for the domain industry
  • Last but not least, Stu reveals his domain portfolio's top 10 domain names.

In closing, don’t forget to subscribe as you enjoy this week's episode via iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, or however you desire to listen. 😍
 
Last but not least, please visit KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com to learn more about search marketing and domain investing ideas to grow your business.

 

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