Hackathon at SixType

Here at SixType we are very excited about our upcoming first-ever internal Hackathon!

The event is held next Tuesday and lasts for 48 hours. We chose Tuesday as it’s easier to organize something like this for a working day rather than a weekend when everyone is out somewhere.

The hackathon will start with a brainstorming the project Ideas we have. After we chose the best idea, we move to the planning phase, design the product and start implementing it right away.

The Goal is to have a Minimum viable product at the end of the 48 hours. So it won’t be a catch-all full of features product, but rather something that we can put out front of the customers as a concept and then let them tell us where they find the greatest value so we can maximize the effectiveness of additional development efforts.

We are looking forward for eating pizza and drinking energy drinks for 48 hours!
I will update you on the result, so stay tuned.

DomainTyper’s new design

From our DomainTyper blog:

As you have probably seen already, we have redesigned the interface of DomainTyper. It’s cleaner, better and faster!

We investigated what are the most used features on the site and we designed the interface according that.

The Country specific TLD section has been moved closer to the Com Net Org, and got a new easier to use add / remove functionality.

The Domain Name Generator now generates suggestions to the name you have typed. The Generator has been extended with lot of additional tech terms to generate more relevant domain names.

On the performance side, the search results are now served faster. We are continuously improving the performance to make sure it’s working as fast as you type.

In case you have any feedback, please email us at: mail@domaintyper.com

Biz Tips 1. How to sell free AdWords promotional code on ebay.

A few months ago I  took a Google AdWords flyer from a Chase Bank. On the flyer there was a $100 free coupon code for Google AdWords if you sign up with a new Google account. It had a unique promotional code on it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find this flyer a few days ago when I needed it. I wanted to create an AdWords campaign for DomainTyper. I was searching all over the internet to get a similar $100 coupon code.

The problem is that the promotional code itself can only be used 1 time. Each code is unique. So in case someone has one that he even puts on the internet, only the first guy can use it. That’s pretty bad. Basically no chance finding a working code through Google search.

As the code itself is free but it’s worth $100 I thought there must be someone selling it on ebay. Yep that’s right. You can find around 200 offers on ebay from $4.50. That’s cool, it’s still good deal for ~$5 if you can get $100 credit for your campaign. I bought one and it worked. The guy sent me the code in email within 10 hours. I was ready to go with my $100 advertisement credit.

So how do they get those codes? Do they all go to Chase Banks, and get the physical card with the code? No, there is an easier way. Google has an Engage program for SEOs. If you sign up as SEO you can get free $100 advertising vouchers for your ‘clients’. Nothing else to do, just put the free codes on ebay for $5 each. Email the code to the buyer, and you are done.