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New Side Project: DomainHolder.io – Let Your Unused Domain Names Sell Themselves

There are over 300 million domain names registered on the internet but less than 50% are actually in use. The majority sit on domain name registrars, held onto by people who see value in their eventual development.

If you’re someone who owns domain names you’re not using you might be interested in a new project that I’ve been working on recently with my friend Thomas.

It’s called DomainHolder.io – the slogan; Let your unused domain names sell themselves.

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DomainHolder – Free Domain Name Parking Tool

Simply put, DomainHolder allows you to publish a simple ‘for sale’ page on any domain you own by adding just 2 records in your registrar. It takes less than 15 seconds to set up and is 100% free for up to 100 domain names.

Each domain you park automatically cross-promotes your other domains. Pro users can also add a buy now button that is integrated with Escrow.com.

We also have a domain name marketplace where your listed domain names get promoted to help them sell faster.

There is a blog post we recently published which reviews all the top free domain name parking tools out there.

So far over 400 domains have been listed with DomainHolder and this number is growing daily. Check it out here.

 

Travelling with purpose

This modern world of ours offers opportunities to live like few before us have had the chance to do so. Since capitalism and industrialisation have transformed our world the norm for travelling has become a mere week or two per year for those who can afford it and the time. The other extreme is to go off on the extended backpacking adventures.

However another option is becoming more of a reality. The idea of being a ‘digital nomad’, someone who can work from anywhere in the world. I think this is a concept that should be embraced by millennials because it results in bringing the world closer together rather than maintaining a nationalist focus.

This is something I have been working towards since I heard about the idea when I was 19 years old. It’s not an easy path to get there because it requires certain skills and systems to be put in place before you head out. Primarily you need either a skill or a business that will sustain you whilst you move from place to place.

I recently got around to finally reading Vagabonding by Rolf Potts which does a fantastic job of introducing the idea of extended travelling to the reader. I highly recommend it to anyone who has often wandered what it would be like to travel for more than a few months. But for me the book lacked something, this idea of being able to work on your project in tandem with your travelling.

I call it travelling with purpose.

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Netflix for Airbnb: Is It A Possible Business Model?

Will a Netflix for Airbnb style model ever disrupt Airbnb? Perhaps. The industry seems to be fairly attached to a pricing model that goes up and down based on demand – not very friendly to subscription based pricing.

Even more so the difference from country to country  in land prices makes it hard to establish a flat pricing model. I do wonder though if it could have an Uber’esque flat fee structure that can then invoke higher fees if there is a surge in demand.

I do suppose this is even harder when you factor in that most ‘all you can consume for one flat price’ business models are generally better catered to content businesses like Spotify rather a true offline resource – places to sleep.

The problem being solved here is pure millennial laziness. Organising a long trip overseas is still somewhat laborious although 10x easier than 10 years ago. The ability to just go from place to place on a whim without having to really do anything except move your backup is attractive.

Humans were once nomadic by necessity, moving with seasons and wildlife for survival. Now a new generation is nomadic by choice, able to work from anywhere and shift home on a whim.

There’s a few startups in the co-living space popping up that seem to cater the travelling professional nomad. Coliving and Common are two but I’d say Roam holds the most promise thus far. These are different from Airbnb in that they offer a community of like-minded people upon arrival.

So if someone could recreate Airbnb but have a simple Netflix style subscription option with a monthly fee instead of supply based pricing that’d be great. Cheers.

Ironman Reflections: My Most Valuable Lessons Learnt From The Race

Last year I completed an Ironman. These are some Ironman reflections I have after crossing the finish line.

 

Do the race your way

‘They say’ a lot of things: “You need to train 6 days per week. It’s impossible to do the race without training on a real bicycle. You have to do a half Ironman before you do a full Ironman. Don’t drink alcohol in the lead up.”

It’s all bullshit if your only goal is to cross that finish line within the race cut off time and get that piece of metal. I trained once per week for 3 months prior to the race. I did my cycle training on a stationery bike in the gym (thanks Holly for that $$$ saving tip). The first triathlon I ever did was the actual Ironman. I drank all the way up to the day before the race.

Admittedly I’m smug about a lot of this. I also acknowledge that I’m a 25 year old male with the ideal body for endurance events (read: tall and skinny). However, the main point here is that there is no such thing as gospel for what it takes to do an Ironman. I’m a strong believer that anyone can do it. At the end of the day it will come down to willpower more than anything else.

 

Be prepared for the post finish line

One thing that really shocked me was how my body shut down after I crossed the finish line. My core body temperature plummeted and I was shaking uncontrollably. Emotionally I felt destroyed and wanted to ball my eyes out. It was a weird reaction considering the elation I had felt as I ran that final hundred metres before the finish line.

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Learnings from China as a G20 YEA Australian Delegate

This year I was proud to represent Australia as a delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance 2016 summit in China. Alongside a crew of great Australian representatives from different parts of our entrepreneurial ecosystem I embarked on a journey to the country that is steadily rising to political and economical leadership in the 21st century.

It was my first time going to such a summit and representing my country, to say I was excited is an understatement. I was also going in with a strong sense of determination to learn as much as possible about how other G20 countries are developing their ecosystems and to build a global network of entrepreneurs and ecosystems drivers.

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Why We’re Launching JobHack.org – Free Entrepreneurship Education

JobHack is a free online entrepreneurship course. Participants learn the practical skills of entrepreneurship through 5 online challenges so they are empowered to create their own jobs. Each challenge takes no more than an hour to complete and builds an applicable skill in areas such as validation, design, marketing, digital, pitching and so on.

 

Let me tell you why we’ve started this initiative. For the last 2 or 3 years, I’ve been frustratingly aware of a problem that exists in the entrepreneurship education paradigm for young Australians. Particularly in the space of learning how to start a business and create jobs.

 

I’m most passionate about entrepreneurship education initiatives that can achieve true scale and democratise access for a large percentage of the young population. Back in 2014, I was lucky enough to be involved in the pilot creation of $20 Boss, an initiative created by the Foundation for Young Australians in partnership with NAB. Due to it’s forward-thinking program design; $20 Boss has already been delivered to more than 6000 high school students in 2015 and is on track for 10,000 in 2016. In two years it’s scaled to more than 11% of Australian high schools – an incredible feat.  Great things are happening in high schools, but older ‘young Australians’ are missing out. Specifically people aged 18 to 30.

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Finding Ikigai

Ikigai has changed my life. It’s a Japanese concept that helps you identify your life purpose.

Before ikigai I couldn’t focus on one thing. I constantly switched between projects, never truly satisfied for a long period of time. The last few months however have been an awakening as I’ve learnt to make sure that every thing I say yes to and work on is relevant to my ikigai.

Give it a go, it might change your life.

What It’s Really Like Going Through An Accelerator Program

In mid-2015, I was successful in applying to an accelerator program in Melbourne, Australia. I’d found out about the program and I didn’t know if my chances were that good, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway because I had a new business idea that needed some funding.

By context and by background, I am a serial entrepreneur so I love starting new businesses all the time.

An accelerator program, if you haven’t heard of it already, is an organization move that invests some money typically into a group of people — all with different business ideas. Giving each of them a portion of money and taking a slice of equity in the newly formed businesses. They then guide them through a few months of a program where they are held accountable and helped to turn their ideas into profitable and scalable businesses.

The most famous accelerator in the world, of course, is Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley based program. Out of Y Combinator have come amazing startups, such as Dropbox and Airbnb. Being a non-technical Australian, getting into Y Combinator is somewhat unlikely so instead I applied for Angelcube.  

AngelCube terms were quite favorable to me honest in the Australian start-up ecosystem context because they gave you $40,000 and took 8 percent of your business. Giving you a half-million dollar valuation right off the starting line.

So. How did I get in?

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Don’t Take The Marshmallow

There is a marshmellow underneath a glass cup on my bedside table. It’s there to remind me of the long term dangers of giving in to instant gratification.

I’ve had it there for about 6 months ever since I read a book called ‘Emotional Intelligence’ by Daniel Goleman. It’s an incredibly well researched book that explores the impact of emotional intelligence in our everyday lives. You learn very quickly that the traditional measure of intelligence; IQ, is by no means a predictor of success, happiness or health in life. 

I learnt a great many things from that book, but there was one particular study the author referenced that made me want to resist the temptation of a marshmallow on my table everyday. 

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How An Elastic Band Can Make You Happier

Do you have a bad habit that you’d like to break? If you do, rejoice! It turns out there might be an easy way to rid yourself of it.

I’ve been overly conscious of my bad habits more and more as I’ve gotten older. So much so that I would sometimes feel overwhelmed and frustrated with how it seemed my habits controlled me rather than the other way around. 

More times than I can count did I try and fail to stop my various bad habits through sheer willpower alone. Each time I would crack with in a matter of days. Incredibly frustrating. 

The solution it turns out has been incredibly simple – pain. In short, I’ve quickly learnt to associate various cravings and subconscious habits with pain delivered through the snap of an elastic band. 

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