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We’re excited that Domainr’s story was included, from our humble HTML + JS beginnings in 2008 (which @rr prototyped on @case’s Mac Mini), to when @ceedub joined and we formed our LLC, to its current state as one of the web’s premier domain search destinations.
(Domainr v0 screenshot)
A few updates to the story told in the book:
- re: the section about our team, “had two partners” = “have two partners,” as the three of us still actively work on Domainr together.
- re: the tech stack, we finished our Ruby port earlier this year, so Domainr is currently a Rails app (hosted on Heroku) that uses a Node backend for doing DNS checks (also on Heroku).
And regarding Domainr’s API ecosystem, a bunch has happened beyond our iOS app, for example:
- @connor got in touch with us about the Domainr Chrome extension he built, which led to his “nights and weekends” internship with us in San Francisco this summer — he’s since made API wrappers for Objective-C, Node and Python, as well as a CLI and Twitter bot.
- @scottisafool emailed us about the Domainr client for Windows Phone he built, which led us to partner with him and launch it officially.
We thoroughly enjoy working on Domainr, and are thrilled that it’s turned into such a popular and useful tool for entrepreneurs worldwide.