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07|30|2008 01:51 pm EDT

Statements of the Domain Name State

by M. Fiol in Categories: Featured

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Ten Emerging Beliefs and the Opportunity They Present

Domain conferences share a commonality during which, over time (turbulent times no less), certain conventional wisdoms begin to emerge as the industry matures and infrastructure solidifies. In other words, the more the industry coalesces and becomes viable and full, the more common beliefs come into play and perception becomes a central figure. (more…)

07|30|2008 10:33 am EDT

Moniker/Snapnames accidentally sell the wrong domain

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Imagine the following scenario: A registrant owns a .NET version of your .COM domain and decides to list it with SnapNames. However he mistypes the domain by entering the .COM version in the spreadsheet he sends to his account manager. The account manager then proceeds to move the .COM version of the domain, which is owned by another registrant, from his Moniker account to a SnapNames auction, where the auction is won by a bidder. (more…)

07|29|2008 05:18 pm EDT

Sedo Loses Chief Strategy Officer

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Photo of Matt Bentley taken by Antony van Couvering at the SedoPro 2007 event

Photo of Matt Bentley taken by Antony van Couvering at the SedoPro 2007 event

After working with Sedo for over six years in various senior roles, Matt Bentley, Sedo’s Chief Strategy Officer, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

“It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to participate in Sedo’s worldwide growth and witness the company’s emergence as a dominant player in the market,” said Bentley. “I’m definitely going to miss working with the many great people there, but the time was right for me to find a new challenge. Sedo is a strong organization, and I expect to see the company continue to thrive at the forefront of the domain industry.”

Bentley was one of the company’s first dozen employees and has been with Sedo since 2002. He started as the Director of International Operations, helping to expand Sedo’s global reach outside of Germany by launching their U.S. subsidiary company, LLC in 2004. He later served as CEO of for two years before moving back to Germany to serve as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Bentley will transition out of his role effective August 1, 2008, but will remain close to the company as an outside Strategic Advisor.

07|29|2008 11:28 am EDT

Sedo sales of the week up to July 29th

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Selected Sedo sales for the week up to July 27th, 2008 after the jump. (more…)

07|28|2008 11:28 am EDT

Tucows Wholesale rebrands back to OpenSRS

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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According to an email sent to Resellers, Tucows (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) has now re-branded their wholesale services to use the old OpenSRS (SRS = Shared Registrar System). The new site resides under the domain, whereas the original site used to be hosted under

The change will also be announced at HostingCon, which is currently being held in Chicago.

[Tucows Press Release]

07|25|2008 07:14 pm EDT

Tim Chen Joins Thought Convergence

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Editorial, Up to the Minute

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Tim Chen, an online media and advertising specialist, has joined Thought Convergence and is expected to be heavily involved in all the company’s business units including TrafficZ and DomainTools.

“Tim is well experienced in the domain space and comes with a lot of knowledge and skills in dealing with domain monetization and acquisitions”, said Jay Westerdal on the DomainTools blog. “He will be helping us execute on our strategic plan of growth at Thought Convergence.”

Chen has spent the past two and a half years as the VP of business development and domain acquisitions at Internet REIT.

[via DomainTools]

07|25|2008 06:06 pm EDT

Ex-Marchex Employees In Trouble For Setting Up Copycat Sites

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

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Marchex (MCHX) has sued two ex-employees for deceptively creating and running competing websites. The pair – Eric Thoreson and Casey Manion – have agreed to pay Marchex $100,000 in legal fees and deactivate their competing sites.

The article by the Puget Sound Business Journal explained that the duo “had copied key Marchex computer code and were operating an internet directories company called Leland Ventures LLC that was ‘a mirror image’ of Marchex‚Äôs business.” While still on the company payroll, Thoreson and Manion owned and operated websites – such as and – that were identical to sites controlled by Marchex (presumably OpenList).

Through some research, discovered that Thoreson was the VP of Directory Services at Marchex and Manion was a software engineer.

[via Puget Sound Business Journal]

07|24|2008 06:30 pm EDT Sold for 305,000 EUR

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Sedo played host to one of the largest domain name sales of the year today, as sold for 305,000 EUR ($480,000 USD). With nine different buyers interested in the domain, there were only two who bid beyond 200,000 EUR before the final sale price was reached.

According to, it was the eighth largest domain sale of 2008.


07|23|2008 06:01 pm EDT

Rick Schwartz sells to

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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“Domain King” Rick Schwartz has sold “” to Rick purchased the domain for $750,000 USD less than 3 years ago. Details of the deal have not been disclosed at this point and it is not known if “” was included in the deal. will include all listing types, including those indexed the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), creating a database that could surpass more than 15 million homes, but not including distressed properties, which will remain the business of […] The new will be unveiled sometime in 2009.

[Via Rick’s Blog / MarketWatch (press release)]

07|22|2008 09:46 pm EDT

Rogers Following in the Footsteps of SiteFinder?

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ISPs

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Michael Geist recently reported that Rogers, an internet service provider, has changed its approach for failed DNS lookups, which happens when an internet user types in a domain name that does not resolve. Now, instead of reaching a standard error page, Rogers’ customers are being redirected to a sponsored page that contains links to Rogers’ content, paid search results, and additional Yahoo! search results. (more…)