Well, in case we haven't been in contact, I wanted to share what I've been up to. Since October 2021, I've been living in Costa Rica (for likely ~12 months)
0:03+ Rio Celeste, Volcano Tenorio, Costa Rica Rio Celeste Water fall (and all the steps it takes to get there). 3 hours north of SJO airport in Costa Rica 0:39+ Rio Celeste River Inception The source of the river's distinctive turquoise color is not due to a chemical species but to a physical phenomenon known as Mie scattering.
Check out our video for a quick timelapse to one of our favorite songs from the Handstep Playlist.
Borrowing money helps you buy essential things such as a home or a car. Using credit cards helps you earn points, cash-back, or airline points. However, if not careful, you may end up with something known as 'broke' debt or 'bad debt.'
If you plan to get a loan, you can learn to differentiate between smart debt and broke debt. While the two are easy to distinguish, some debts are hard to judge, since you should learn how the interest rate is calculated, if it stays the same, if the interest is deductible and many other features that tons of loan products can offer you in the USA.
Wow, can't believe it's been 2 days from 1 years since I last posted on my blog. So sad, but it's okay because business is so good over at Handshaking. I supposed it's okay to neglect most of the things in your life to do a good job on 1-2 things. Anyway, I experienced something I wanted to share with my American entrepreneurial friends, so this one is for you.
Let's take this time to take a few steps back and think about what we're thankful for.
Here in the Philippines, I asked a friend if they thought the above title was a good title. They responded, "No that title doesn't work because that's not the purpose of the quarantine pass. I am only supposed to use it for going outside to buy essential goods."
Anyway, here's the update.
On April 24th, I got my quarantine pass here in Taguig, Philippines. A 'quarantine pass' is something which I'm still learning about what exactly this all entails.
But, I almost named this post:
GoDaddy’s huge conflict of interest
...for startups trying to buy their domain
Anyway, here's some contextual information before we dig into the wild wild west of acquring domain names.
I’ve been CEO of Handshakin.com for just over 4 years, and it’s my second year speaking at the domain name investor conference. Finally, in 2019 sales were at a point where it was time for us to grow up and to acquire our exact match .com: ‘handshaking.com’.
This year (2019), I've been living in Philippines for the majority of the time since May! Before this, I've visited two other times, including a 2 month and 3 month stint. Many of my friends ask, "Matt, were you ever scared?" "Did you ever feel like you weren't safe?
My answer, YES! At times I thought I was going to have to kill someone while my phone was dying and I had no connection and I couldn't get home quickly!
It's been over 4 years since I sold most of the equity I owned in my first real estate company and launched Handshaking. I knew I wanted to have an online company, and it took the first 2 years to actually get profitable, and now for the last 2 years I've been going to the 'school of hard knocks' learning how to manage a remote team and grow the profit of a now proven business model.
I read an article recently about how popular the 'gig economy' is becoming in Colorado, but realized it didn't mention 3 big problems with the notion 'gig economy.' Many gig workers are not focused on created long-term wealth, and the 'gig economy may take great advantage of those workers.
It's been over a year now that Handshakin turned from an online marketing services company to a web property investment company. ... What the heck does that mean?
It means we build our own websites on our own domain names. Instead of building websites for clients. Here's a concrete lead generation website. We built a referral website "Fort Collins Concrete Contractors" and after waiting and blogging for 6 months...
Hello from Dubai - I just arrived here after 3 months in Philippines (spent 5 months in Philippines in 2018 total), and here are my top choices for you to check out if you are looking for good food, a good time, and good networking. I wrote this on the flight with Cebu Pacific, which is a great budget Philippines airlines, too, if you haven't booked your flight yet ;)
What city is the entrepreneurship capital of the United States? Where does one find the densest enclave of concentrated, up-and-coming startup culture? Silicon Valley? Palo Alto?
Nope. It's Boulder, which boasts twice as many startups per capita versus any other American city; this pole position has been a long time in the making: "Since 1960, it has quietly nurtured nascent industries, including natural foods, computer storage, biotech, and now Internet companies." While Boulder is famed for its emphasis on work/life balance, make no mistake; its citizens take the 'work' part of that equation seriously.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.