[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

How to Leave easyDNS

[ If you're interested in the backstory to this post, read on, if you want to skip straight to how to get the hell out here, skip down to How To Leave easyDNS ]

I have been listening to Doc Searls' The Intention Economy lately, it is an amazing book for a number of reasons – but suffice it to say (for now) that the book introduces "VRM" – Vendor Relationship Management. VRM is the natural compliment to CRM and is conspicuous in its absence from most business models. Yet if I may be so bold, it correctly describes the … Read the rest

Einstein Never Said That.

I’ve seen this one drift across my Facebook feed too many times now that I have to comment on it:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four more years of life left”

This quote is then attributed to Albert Einstein in a type of “case closed” punctuation mark and it has taken on a life of it’s own. In extreme cases I’ve seen it linked to the “Mayan Prophecy” of the world ending on December 21st, 2012 (which the Mayan calendars never really “predicted” at all, but I digress).… Read the rest

14 years of easyDNS and Four Core Values

easyDNS is 14 years old today! What a ride it's been.

We started the day on July 31st, 1998 as 3 founders, with no dependents and 0 customers. By the end of the day we had one dependent (co-founder John Schmidt's son was born during the day), and 0 customers. And by the end of the week we had….0 customers and 1 termsheet with a VC – that was never implemented as the VC later passed on investing in us.

Today we have 16 full-time employees here, a 17th in India, more kids and families than I can count (with … Read the rest

Ultimate Buy Signal for RIM?

I have long since thought that RIM was going through an unprecedented bout of negativity which has had it on my “watch list” for months. Contrarians love this type of stock, John Templeton always tried to “buy at the point of maximum pessimism” (there is a good book by that title, and you may also [...]… Read the rest

An innocuous comment that became a billion dollar deal

About a hundred years ago, in the early early days of easyDNS, I was asked to give a talk about DNS and domain names at a Toronto Mac user’s group. After I gave my talk I was having a coffee with the event organizer, William Stratas. It’s hard to remember how we even hit on the subject, but it came up that I had a friend looking to build a new type of managed data center. It turned out that he had a friend who had a small datacenter who wanted to expand.… Read the rest

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