July 16, 2014
It may be the 4th birthday of .CO, but it’s .CO startups who are getting all the presents.
To celebrate four years since the launch of the .CO domain, .CO is giving members of its community special perks and benefits every day this week:
- Monday: A $10 credit to the newly launched .CO Swag Shop.
- Tuesday: A chance to score tickets to 500 Startups’s Weapons of Mass Distribution event in August.
- Wednesday: Benefits from Amazon Web Services, including $100 credit.
- Thursday: A signed book bundle, including Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness and our very own Frank Gruber’s Startup Mixology.
- Friday: The best (secret) prize of the week! (Hint: it involves one of Europe’s biggest tech events.)
If you don’t have a .CO, you can also keep an eye on their Twitter account to get hooked up with some free swag by answering trivia questions.
As it turns 4, .CO is clocking in at over 1.6 million domains registered in over 200 countries. The .CO Membership Program, which launched last year, already has over 4,000 members and features 30-50 offers for startups at any given time. You can get discounts on business cards, Zipcar credits, half-price books from O’Reilly, and more.
But the perks that the .CO team is most excited about are tickets to big events. This past year, .CO gave away booth space to a few select startups for TheNextWeb in New York City and Amsterdam and to Launch Festival in San Francisco. At those conferences, .CO startups get to meet the .CO team, connect and collaborate with their fellow startups, and rub shoulders with potential investors.
“The free tickets and opportunities to demo at these events are a huge benefit to .CO startups who are looking for exposure – and, for us, it’s one of the few chances that we have to get to know our .COers face to face,” says Shireen Sierra, community and media relations manager.
For example, Robert van Hoesel and Jesse Van der Sar launched the alpha version of Young Creators at TheNextWeb Amsterdam. “We got over 300 users in the first days. Over 30 new high-quality leads with corporate companies were made, most of them in a key management position. We were able to meet two new investors with whom we’re still in talks and made some new great friends,” says van Hoesel. “Above all, we gathered lots of feedback and insights from visitors who were really open and honest about our business.”
Achieved also showcased with .CO at the conference, and they got over 150 signups to their landing page. They met a few VCs, and “it was good to get the brand out,” says cofounder Rob Hermans.
Proved went into the conference looking for partnerships, and they made two very promising contacts. Their website also got a big boost. “We had a huge wave of traffic from TNW,” says cofounder Olga Makarova – a wave that extended beyond the event itself.
Last year, .COers also got free tickets to Startup Weekends around the world, the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, and LeWeb in Paris.
When we wrote about .CO two years ago, they were building a brand as the domain name for innovators and entrepreneurs. Today, that’s happening more organically as brands like Biz Stone’s Jelly, The Lean Startup’s Office Optional, and John Battelle’s NewCo launch on .CO.
Now, with some extra resources thanks to an acquisition by Neustar, .CO is focusing on ramping up its Membership Program and supporting community members – and, of course, offering more perks and benefits, too.
Thanks to .CO for being a wonderful Tech Cocktail partner – happy birthday!
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