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The Online Collaboration Tool your Team has been waiting for

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When an idea proves as intricate as it is innovative, strategically unraveling the extra layers reveals true intention-as well as clarity in the execution.

That’s exactly what Mural (mural.co) founder, Mariano Suarez-Battan has done. For more than 15 years, Mariano has found various levels of entrepreneurial success in the tech industry. He’s a daydreamer, has business savvy, and is creative and passionate about knowledge.

We recently spoke with Mariano about his newest innovation, Mural, a real-time whiteboard where creators can compare, share and collaborate on project ideas. Mariano has effectively designed a secure, cloud-based digital platform where project concepts are maximized by the ability to connect globally with other creatives.

Mural originated as a way to collaborate for video game development, but has since evolved to deliver across multiple capacities. Mariano explains that Mural “felt like a new way to interact freely with online content, (he and his team) first saw it as a creation and interaction medium for the Internet,” before realizing they had stumbled across something much bigger. Upon probing the possibilities and streamlining his focus, he cut through to the heart of the concept. “We decided to focus on making the service great for Design Thinking and agile visual collaboration.

When you consider enterprise, widespread or localized, connecting and collaborating globally is essential to the success of a well-rounded idea. Mural allows global flexibility with cloud-sharing.

Mural curtails the hassle that typically coincides with team members contributing from around the globe and across several time zones. Notes, designs, and edits are neatly displayed and timestamped in a format that is easy to absorb upon arriving at the office after a colleague has spent their workday (your night!) making updates.

This system eliminates the inevitable errors and miscommunications that arise from relying exclusively on email, text, telephone conferencing, etc. An added benefit is reducing travel time and allowing for more productivity, which conserves budget and delivers exceptional projects on a deadline.

Mural was not developed solely for big business and enterprise. The platform itself is an incredible nod to the world of educating through connections. It vastly improves the experiences of teachers who are now able to visually collaborate with field experts when developing their lesson plans, or college professors who can interactively prepare their students for success.

Mural revolutionized hands-on learning for major universities, Stanford in particular. Mariano elaborated on the reasoning behind expanding the software into university learning, highlighting that educators “are in the business of preparing the next generation of Imagination Workers and our mission is to Inspire, enhance and connect imagination workers globally.

Mariano spoke animatedly about the impact Mural has on students, adding that universities have “found the (Mural) service great to support their education aiming to help their students practice deliberately instead of reading or viewing content about Design Thinking.” Practical application makes all the difference in genuine comprehension and usability!

Of course, no entrepreneur’s road to success is paved in gold. The precursor for Mural came about when touchscreens had not yet gained the reach and popularity they’ve since achieved, leading to a fair share of start-up pains. This original business model sold to investors, and the Mural team worked tirelessly to gain industry recognition and influence as they sought to recover their passion project.

Mariano is (rightfully) most proud of the fact that he was eventually able to repurchase his company from the investors. He also imparts a critical piece of advice to all entrepreneurs, “Presell your solution to the problem FIRST. Don’t build anything or raise money until you have ten future customers lined up.” He placed an equal level of emphasis on determining, as well as preserving, a brand and steadfastly keeping its components top of mind in all business decisions. Mariano’s selection of a .co domain was chosen to bolster and hearten Mural.co’s own authenticity, and ensure its continued fulfillment.

 

Hack Your Week: 7 Time Management Tips for Optimal Productivity

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Hack Your Week: 7 Time Management Tips for Optimal Productivity

Everyone has 24 hours available in a day. However, some people just get more done. What’s the secret? Organizing time into a productive daily schedule. In other words, it’s important to get good at time management. Having a clear plan for your day ensures you can find time to accomplish both short-term projects and long-term goals.

If you’ve been feeling like you just don’t have enough hours in the day, here are seven tips for organizing your day more effectively. With them, you’ll be able to find time for those back-burner goals that you always intend to work towards (but never actually get to).

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We’ve Got You .COvered

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Data protection and security are hot topics these days. Quite understandably, people want to know whether and to what extent their personal data is being collected, used and shared. As a global domain Registry with over two million domain names under management, it is our responsibility and top priority to safeguard the personal data of our domain registrants.

Currently, when you register a .CO domain name, your Domain Name Provider collects certain information, including your name, address, contact information, and the IP address of the servers on which your domain name is hosted. As a Registry Operator, we collect this information from providers, and make it publically available online in the WHOIS database. We use this information to comply with legal regulations, enforce policies and respond to abuse complaints, among other things.

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By the Numbers: 2 Million .CO Domains Under Management

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Last week, we were thrilled to announce that there are now 2 million .CO domains under management. The .COmmunity has grown by over 7000% in just five short years! From buzzworthy startups to prominent brands, millions of innovators around the world have joined the global .COmmunity. Check out the infographic below for a summary of the .CO journey. InfographicCO-2millDUM-v4[5]

2 Million Strong: .CO Hits 2 Million Domains!

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2015 was an amazing year for .CO and our .COmmunity—and fresh on the heels of our 5th birthday in July, we have even more reason to celebrate!

We’re thrilled to announce that .CO has surpassed the milestone of 2 million total domain names under management. Even more exciting, new domain registration growth has surged from 10 percent in 2014 to 18 percent in 2015!

Since we launched five years ago, .CO has become the domain name of choice for innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses in more than 200 countries around the world.

Innovative big brands like Twitter (t.co and Vine.co), Google (g.co and campus.co) and Taco Bell (ta.co) have all helped to bring mainstream awareness and adoption to .CO. Additionally, up and coming, buzz-worthy brands such as Meerkat (MeerkatApp.co)—the breakthrough social platform of 2015— and CommonBond (CommonBond.co)—the breakthrough student loan company—have helped draw attention to .CO.

We love to brag about the hundreds of thousands of innovators, entrepreneurs and startups that continue to make .CO their digital home. Check out some of our favorites here.

With over 3 billion Internet users around the world, and increasing demand for short, memorable, domain names, we are excited to watch .CO continue to grow—one big idea at a time!

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