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Josh Kopelman

Managing Director of First Round Capital.

espite being coastally challenged (currently living in Philadelphia), Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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"le" magic...(or, Bubble ends in "le")

1995-2000 was the era of the "SCAPES" (Netscape, Medscape, Wellscape, etc.).


2000-2004 brought the era of the "STER" (Napster, Feedster*, Friendster, Dogster, Eurekster, etc.).

 

And now, I believe, we have now entered into the era of “LE”. While some might argue that flickr's success has made "kr" is the Official Suffix of Web 2.0, I disagree. After Google’s phenomenal success, there’s beenLe_2 an influx of companies wanting some "le" magic. Google itself launched Froogle. Now we have Kaboodle, Kanoodle, Azoogle, Oodle, Ookle(s), Rabble, Dabble, Zazzle, Taggle, Quimble, and Krugle*.

 

So, here’s my thought – some web hacker should build an "le" crawler to search the whois database for all available "le" domain names. This way we can determine when all of the “le” domain names are taken – giving us Web 2.0 investors some advance knowledge of when the music will stop… For now, I think we’re safe – kafroogle.com, kabloodle.com, and shlurfoodle.com are still available.

I can’t wait to see their business plans.


*Note - I am a happy investor in Feedster and Krugle...

Comments

Dharmesh Shah

What makes the "le" naming so devious is that it doesn't even have to be attached to a real word (like we had with friendster, napster, dogster, etc.).

As such, the domain names (and hence the market opportunity) is practically limitless!

howard Lindzon

I think "ola" could be the next suffix - get on the train

Louis Gray

I still believe in the wordplay of "Asypta" - "A simple, yet pointless, technical acronym".

Nearly six years ago now, we were putting together collateral and Web page templates for a new product roll-out, and as is common, one of the tasks was to create faux persons and companies, as placeholders. Rather than go with the standard "John Smith" from "ABC Company" or "Acme Inc.", I tried to dress it up with more real sounding names, while staying generic. I believe "Linda Johnson" from GoodFiles Inc. was one of the chief participants in our FAQs...

During one of these meetings, I presented an example which included a company by the name of "Asypta". It didn't mean anything, but it sure sounded good, especially at a time when companies would rebrand themselves, or spin off subsidiaries with neat-sounding names that added no real value. For some reason, I got all sorts of questions about "Asypta". It sounded real enough that my colleagues wanted to know if I had an in on the ground floor of a top-secret pre-IPO start-up or something... but I kept using the example and sounding mysterious.

I stumbled on the idea of "Asypta" as companies often can be found with an A at the beginning, consonant, vowel, consonant, A. Think about how many you can name... for example... Avaya, Asigra, Altera, Atipa, Asera, Altria, Ariba, Aceva, Acterna, Acopia, Acteva, Adexa, Azanda... and I'm sure there are many more. At one point in 2001, I had registered the domain name Asypta.com, with the dual intent of acting as if it were a fake company, or secondly, to "grade" company names by their "Asypta factor". Ariba would be a 10 on the scale. Avaya another 10. Something like Alhambra... not so much. Asypta eventually came to stand for "A simple, yet pointless, technical acronym." It's worth noting that almost none of these Asypta companies explain their corporate name on the Web site. Simple, yet pointless.

And they're at the beginning of the alpahabet too.

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