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03|31|2014 11:53 pm EDT

The Week in Domains (March 31st – April 6th, 2014)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

Topic Highlights this week:

  • DomainFest
  • New gTLDs
  • April Fools Day

Industry news:

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014

 

April Fool’s Day Domain Industry Roundup:

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04|01|2014 05:41 pm EDT

BREAKING ! Playboy Mansion Returns to DomainFest

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

The exact location of the Stone Temple Pilots concert/party this evening at Domainfest has been shrouded in secrecy since the launch of the show.  DNN was tipped off by conference organizers that the party will take place at the famous Playboy Mansion.   Conference attendees have been dying to know where this party is and have missed the big party since the departure from the famed “Legionnaires” outbreak in 2011.

Party-goers at this event will enjoy the return of the “good old days” of domain parties in addition to Stone Temple Pilots.  Daniel Negari, CEO of .xyz and sponsor of the party was instrumental in making this happen.  Negari told us “Being a huge Playboy fan and STP fan, I was stoked to be able to sponsor this awesome party.”

Organizers have assured us that there will be an environmentally friendly bubble created exclusively for attendees. Hazmat washdown stations will be placed on the outside of the mansion to insure the safety of all attendees.

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11|25|2013 11:00 am EDT

Andee Hill forms EscrowHill.com backed by Gregg McNair

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

EscrowHill-logoAndee Hill, who recently left Escrow.com where she was Director of Business Development, has created a new licensed escrow company, Escrow Hill Limited with he backing of entrepreneur Gregg McNair.

 

Gregg-McNair-EscrowHill“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.

 

EscrowHill.com’s team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

Andee-Hill-EscrowHill“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At EscrowHill.com I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg to support my endeavor at EscrowHill.com,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of domain registrar Internet.bs, another one of Gregg McNairs investments,  has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com. Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “EscrowHill.com is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

See the full press release after the jump.

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11|21|2013 06:55 pm EDT

Inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City – Live Results

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

We were will be live blogging the results of the inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City today. There are no guarantees that this list is correct or complete as this are not official or officially approved results.

The auction sold 26 out of the 68 domains for a total of $419,970. Domains that did not sell in the live auction will be available on Heritage Auction’s website for two weeks at their reserve price as a Buy it Now price.

The top 5 sales of this auction were:

  1. XZ.com for $138,000
  2. Animation.com for $112,125
  3. Hemisphere.com for $34,500
  4. AIE.com for $23,000, BusinessPhone.com for $23,000
  5. Numismatics.com for $17,250

Please note that all domains occur a 15% bidder premium, noted in our total and in the last column of the table below. See the full live blogged results after the jump.

Heritage Auction Galleries - Live! - Sale #1115 - Session #1 2013-11-21 20-20-37

 

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11|15|2013 10:27 am EDT

Buenos Aires Airport closure leaves many ICANN 48 attendees stranded

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

As the 48th ICANN meeting is set to start in Buenos Aires, many of the attendees were stranded today in Montevideo, Uruguay  and other South American airports due to an airport closure in Buenos Aires. An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Air Austral/Aerolineas Argentina coming from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), overrun the runway and only came to a halt after the nose of the machine had hit the localizer antenna about 220 meters/730 feet past the runway end at 5:45 local time this morning (UTC-3). None of the 96 passengers was injured and they were all taken to the terminal. According to reporting of the airport there was a cold front passing through the area at the time. The airline reports that the incident occurred due to a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

Flight  AU-2255/AR-2255 in the Localizer Radar, posted by @JuanMCornejo

Flights into the aiport resumed again after about three hours, but some attendees will now only arrive tomorrow. DNN was not able to confirm if any ICANN 48 attendees were on the flight itself.

 

[via AVHerald and the ICANN Social Group on Facebook, picture posted on twitter by @JuanMCornejo]

 

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11|05|2013 10:25 am EDT

Demand Media to Spin Off Domain Registration Business into RightSide [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

Rightside websiteAs already predicted by Andrew over at DNW:

Demand Media Announces Key Executives and Name for Proposed Domain Services Company

Company Will Lead Expansion of Generic Top Level Domains under Rightside Brand; Taryn Naidu Selected as Incoming CEO

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–()–Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today announced that Taryn Naidu, who currently serves as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President of Domain Services, will become the CEO and a Director of the newly formed domain services company that is proposed to be spun off from Demand Media. Demand Media also announced that it has selected the name Rightside Group, Ltd. (“Rightside”) for the spun off domain services business.

“It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

Rightside will be a Kirkland, WA based technology and services company for the Internet domain industry. The company will advance the way consumers and businesses define and present themselves online through a comprehensive technology platform making it possible to discover, register, develop, and monetize domain names. Rightside will play a leading role in the historic launch of new generic Top Level Domains, and the name represents a new way to navigate the Internet, while establishing the new company as the one to guide users in the right direction. It’s everything to the right of the dot – and beyond.

Taryn Naidu, who has led Demand Media’s domain services business since 2011 will become Chief Executive Officer of Rightside, upon completion of the separation. Additionally, Rightside executive management will include Wayne MacLaurin as Chief Technology Officer and Rick Danis as General Counsel. David Panos will be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Shawn Colo, Demand Media’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, will be appointed as a Director of Rightside in connection with the separation.

“Establishing the leadership team and brand identity of the proposed new company marks an important milestone in achieving our plan to separate our business into two distinct market leaders,” said Demand Media Interim President and Chief Executive Offer Shawn Colo. “I am pleased to announce a very strong executive team led by Taryn. This team has a wealth of industry experience, has played an integral role in building the largest wholesale domain registrar and is driving the transformation of this business into one of the largest end-to-end domain name service providers in the world.”

“Rightside’s mission will be to help millions of businesses and consumers define and present themselves online. We’re able to deliver on this through our distribution network of more than 20,000 active partners, one of the leading domain services technology platforms, a large number of applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and a deep bench of industry talent,” said Taryn Naidu, newly designated incoming Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

About Rightside

Rightside plans to inspire and deliver new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company will be a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry’s most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, development, and monetization of domain names. This will include 15 million names under management, the most widely used domain name reseller platform, more than 20,000 distribution partners, an award-winning retail registrar, the leading domain name auction service and an interest in more than 100 new Top Level Domain applications. Rightside will be home to some of the most admired brands in the industry, including eNom, Name.com, United TLD and NameJet (in partnership with Web.com). Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside will have offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit www.demandmedia.com

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11|01|2013 11:27 am EDT

Web.com signs 2013 RAA, launches expression of interest site [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

New gTLD Extensions | Get the right targeted domain name for you and your business | Web.com 2013-11-01 11-29-24

Another group of registrars will be switching to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with ICANN, allowing them to participate in selling new gTLDs. Web.com owns the original Domain registrar, Network Solutions and Register.com. The company also launched an expression of interest site for new gTLDs, promising a “Best price guarantee” and 10% discount for a “buyer’s club”. It appears that there’s no cost to participating in this club.

“We are staying ahead of the curve with our customers at the top of our minds,” said David Brown, Chairman and CEO of Web.com. “As owner of two of the largest retail registrars in the world, we are committed to enabling our customers to be among the first to acquire new gTLDs.”

See the full press release after the jump.

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10|29|2013 05:30 pm EDT

Go Daddy/Afternic and Sedo’s reported sales for the week ending on Oct 28th, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

Over the past week, 705 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1,3m. Go Daddy/Afternic‘s total domain sales for the week summed to  $1,696,432.

Over 47% of total sales at Sedo were the result of Buy Now listings.

The top seller on Sedo‘s list, baristas.com for 45,000 USD was a SedoMLS sale that came through Go Daddy.  The domain was owned by Frank Schilling.

The top ten sales in the week ending on October 28th, 2013 were:

  1. baristas.com $45,000 USD (Sedo)
  2. suvidhaa.com $28,000 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  3. wannago.com $20,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  4. icanvas.com    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  5. motoboy.com    $15,000    USD    (Sedo)
  6. xocial.co.uk $14,900 USD (Sedo)
  7. liquidherbs.com $14,000    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  8. eig.org    $13,500    USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  9. wemobile.com $13,500 USD (Afternic/Go Daddy)
  10. ibadge.com $10,500 USD    (Afternic/Go Daddy)

See all of the reported sales after the jump.

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10|23|2013 11:45 pm EDT

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry to open office in Newport Beach, CA in 2014

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

Uniregistry's New Office in Newport Beach, CA

Uniregistry’s New Office in Newport Beach, CA

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry is set to expand and plans open new offices in Newport Beach, California in January 2014. The building, which was purchased by the company is located at 2161 San Joaquin Hills Road and will house the company’s registry support, engineering and sales staff.

Schilling described the location as follows in an email to Domain Name News:

I bought the building and we are remodeling as we speak. We plan to move in this January. We have 68 parking spots so lots of room to grow. The building is  400 yards from Whole foods and Fashion Island, the best (highest end) outdoor mall in America. We are 1 mile to the Pacific Ocean and 2.1 mile bike ride to Balboa Island and the charming car ferry. You could be surfing in 10 minutes, we’ll have 2 showers and surfboard storage for staff.

If you’re looking to work for Uniregistry, the company currently is looking for Software Developers, Front-end developers, a system specialist and marketing people according to the job section on their website.

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10|23|2013 03:25 pm EDT

First four new gTLDs in the Root Zone

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

The first four new gTLDs of this latest round have just been added to the root zone, even though the IANA database has not yet been updated.

The four strings delegated are:

  • شبكة  (xn--ngbc5azd) –Arabic for “web/network”, Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
  • онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”, Registry: CORE Association
  • сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”, Registry: CORE Association
  • 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”, Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

The delegation doesn’t mean that those names are available for registration at this point, as the registry operators have yet to announce their sunrise launch phase where trademark holders can registrar domain names.

See the full press release from ICANN after the jump.

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