Archive for April, 2011

Angry Bird’s “overnight success” only took 8 years

People (we!) very often call someone else’s success – “overnight success”, while usually it takes YEARS to finally be successful (and sometimes success never comes!).

Angry Bird’s story is one of such “overnight success” stories.

“On March 10 the creators of Angry Birds (Rovio studios) announced that they had taken $42 Million in funding. They currently hold the record for the best selling iOS game ever. There is talks of a movie being produced featuring Angry Birds. You can already buy stuffed animal versions of the birds.”

“Did you know that the guys at Rovio spent 8 YEARS working on other games before they finally caught a huge break? That takes dedication. For almost a decade they didn’t have any big wins. ”

” “Over night success” is often idolized in the startup world, but sometimes the glamor is based in myth rather than reality. Show up and work hard each and every day and remember that you’re getting closer. You can’t have a breakout hit if you never show up.”

Read the full article: http://thestartupfoundry.com/2011/03/11/angry-birds-overnight-success-only-took-8-years/

Be patient, persistent, hard-working, never give up and success will knock your door… some day.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

Daniel Dryzek

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Why ccTLDs Are More Valuable Than .COM Domains?

One of the last week’s sales on Sedo was biura.com. “Biura” means “offices” in Polish language. It was sold for 1150 USD. The same keyword in .pl (biura.pl) would generate at least 10-20 thousand USD from sale but probably much more.

People in Europe (and in other parts of the world, too!) would generally prefer ccTLDs (.pl, .de, .co.uk, .fr etc.) than .com TLD. There are differences between countries and Spanish or French keyword in .com could be worth more than the same keyword in .es (for Spain) or .fr (for France). But in most cases .pl, .de, .se etc. names will be more valuable than .com domains (written in Polish, German or Swedish).

On a global scale .com is king, especially English names + .com. But “locally” (country by country) people prefer ccTLDs. And that local trend will continue.

Do you agree or not? Please comment!

Number of domains registered in Poland:

.pl  1,412,646

.com.pl 339,916

.eu 210,507

.com 195,244

.waw.pl 51,995

.net 45,962

.info 41,882

.net.pl 35,104

.org 25,135

.org.pl 24,113

.info.pl 21,108

.biz.pl 11,971

.edu.pl 10,995

Daniel Dryzek

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We Are Not Consumers. We Are People

“Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” Henry David Thoreau

“We are not consumers. We are people.

We are not living lives meant to earn money in order to support a shopping habit, or a large home and two cars, or lives of luxury eating and entertainment.

We are not living to support the corporations. And yet, if you were to take an objective, outsider look at our society, it would seem that we are.”

What’s the alternative?

“The funny thing is, there are millions of alternatives. But we’ve been so trained to believe there is only one way, that we can barely imagine something different.

What would life be like without advertising, shopping malls, online shopping, working for large corporations, wearing large logos all over our clothing, having Apple logos over every device we own, watching movies and television shows developed by large corporations and made for the masses?”

“There must be more to life than having everything!” Maurice Sendak

Read the full article here: zenhabits.net/free/

Daniel Dryzek

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Investors Run Away From Demand Media

“Investors have been fleeing Demand Media since April 6th, as shown in this chart from Yahoo Finance.

April 6 is right around when Google implemented its latest search algorithm tweak, which has hammered Demand Media’s sites according to Hitwise data given to Forbes, as well as earlier data from SEO firm Sistrix.

Demand admitted its traffic had fallen off, but said it would still hit its stated financial goals. Obviously that wasn’t enough assurance for spooked investors.”

Source: Business Insider

Daniel Dryzek

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Top ccTLD Registries and Happy Easter! :)

Top ccTLD Registries (April 23rd, 2011)

1 .de (Germany) 14,367,909
2 .uk (United Kingdom) 9,317,393
3 .nl (Netherlands) 4,412,505
4 .eu (European Union) 3,392,796
5 .cn (China) 3,379,441 (February 28th, 2011)
6 .ru (Russian Federation) 3,274,063
7 .ar (Argentina) Source: Zooknic, January 2011
8 .br (Brazil) 2,452,527
9 .it (Italy) 2,163,460
10 .pl (Poland) 2,084,330

Happy Easter Everyone!



Daniel Dryzek

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Canadian ccTLD .ca nice promo video

Check out this .ca promo video on YouTube. I think this is a very good way to promote Country Code Top Level Domains. Well done CIRA! :)

Source: DomainReport.ca

Daniel Dryzek

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