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Re: [newtech-1] http://www.XXinTech.com is for sale

From: Anthony Z.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:30 AM
Ross/Andy,

After performing a quick Google search myself ("XX in Tech" and not "XXinTech"), I discovered, albeit sadly, that XX - Louisiana Tech's Bulldog mascot - went missing and then was found to have died after being left out in the Louisiana heat. That was the most prominent "XX" tied to "Tech" that I could find. It occupies most of the entries in the first 6 or so pages of results.

But, I also found that BetaBeat has a column dedicated to XX in Tech here: http://betabeat.com/topics/xx-in-tech/. There's also a blog someone started on Tumblr called, http://sitatthetable.tumblr.com/page/2.

Now, while some are hesitant to quality Dean's use of the term, none other than our favorite VC, Fred Wilson, weighed in with a post on the XX Combinator here; http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2010/07/xx-combinator.html.

Lastly, there is an XX Tech Meetup here: http://www.meetup.com/XX-Tech/events/15260497/. The last event took place at MeetupHQ in 2010. It was probably a full year before Dean started his "XX in Tech" stuff. If I were Dean, I tried to secure that Meetup domain.

I'm not saying that these three sources are the end all and be all confirming that "XX in Tech" is an oft used phrase. I hadn't heard it used until Dean broke out with his site and Twitter account. But, it stands to reason that if it's out there and being used in the tech sector, then there's certainly some folks using the term.

Ivete, you may have done a quick survey in your circles, but Dean's not the first person to use XX in Tech. This doesn't mean we are "out of touch," as Dean would have it, but it does foresee the possibility that it could catch on at some point, given a bit of media coverage and adoption by the women in tech community. It's certainly up to them if they want to embrace it and leverage it.

The good news, for what it's worth, is that Googling "XX in Tech" did not return a ton of porn results, but I do have my filter on for that sort of stuff. Of course, Googling "xxintech" as Dean's brand is spelled returned mostly results tied to that term - at least on the first page of results. I didn't investigate further.

Dean can now use my research to help him qualify his domain and possibly increase its value. I'll expect a check, Dean, for taking the time to help increase the value of a domain and social accounts you're trying to move. Getting married next week, so it could go into our adoption fund! :)


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On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Ross Sclafani <[address removed]> wrote:
I have to second Andy on this one. I have found your interest in the brand admirable, but I don't feel you have adequately built up this brand enough to call us 'out of touch' for not jumping on the bandwagon. In fact, I've never seen anyone show the kind of interest in the term that you have; if I saw this offering anywhere else, the only person I would think of to be interested would be you.

On top of the fact that you are male, which makes this reek of exploitation. Or maybe I should say #XXploitation.

Maybe you should maintain ownership and host a blog for a woman that is committed to making the brand meaningful, as a service to the cause you purport to be so ardent about.

Or perhaps we're not the ones that are out of touch. I can guarantee you're not the first or only one on this list who is sitting on a domain they overvalue. If you are the one that finds it valuable, perhaps your work of convincing the world to see things your way is not done.

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On Dec 5, 2012, at 9:23 AM, Andy <[address removed]> wrote:

I dunno Dean, this whole thing has felt like an effort to hype a hardly-used term and then sell off related assets down the line.

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On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM, Dean Collins <[address removed]> wrote:

Lots of people use the XXinTech term to connote women in technology/STEM

 

Eg  - http://tweettunnel.com/reverse2.php?sn=&textfield=xxintech

 

I cant believe the commenters on the newtech list are so out of touch.

 

 

 

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Dean Collins

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Susan Crayne
Sent: Wednesday, December 05,[masked]:57 AM


To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] http://www.XXinTech.com is for sale

 

Guys, in my humble opinion the name would not attract women looking for "women in tech", for the reason already mentioned.  I know that "XX" is sometimes used to connote "female", but the association is kind of weak.  Very occasionally I read Slate, where they have an XX section.  And even though I know better, I sometimes look at the section name and think "not interesting".

 

Susan

 


From: Dean Collins <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, December 5,[masked]:40 AM
Subject: RE: [newtech-1] http://www.XXinTech.com is for sale

 

Nope if you google the term or search on facebook/twitter etc you’ll see it’s a pretty widely used term being posted about women in technology.

 

 


Cheers,

Dean

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Rick Richardson
Sent: Wednesday, December 05,[masked]:17 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] http://www.XXinTech.com is for sale

 

Same here. Which of course makes the site all the more valuable. 

 

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 4:47 AM, Ryan Aviles <[address removed]> wrote:

Every time I see this xxintech.com url i'm reminded of porn (xxx).  I imagine thats other people's first thought too.

 

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM, Dean Collins <[address removed]> wrote:

I’ve decided to hive down some of my projects and reduce the number of sites I’m working on.

 

I’ll be listing most of them on www.Flippa.com however I thought this one might interest you specifically.

 

The http://www.XXinTech.com domain is for sale


Along with the domain I will also be transferring the Facebook page admin rights and Twitter account username/password to the successful bidder.

 

As you know women in technology is an extremely fast growing topic and this would give someone an ideal start to build upon for a wordpress blog or drupal site or continue with it in its current form.

 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions but if interested in bidding please email me your name, amount being bid in the subject line, I’ll wait until Monday for bids to be made otherwise I’ll list it on Flippa to the general public with the rest next week. Payment will be via Paypal.

 


Cheers,

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