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09|26|2013 05:11 pm EDT

Housing.com sold for $500k USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Housing.com and a Phone Number bought by Indian startup Housing.co.in for $1MM USD

As reported by NextBigWhat, Indian Startup Housing.co.in has purchased the domain Housing.com for $500,000 USD and the national Indian phone number 03-333-333-333 for another $500,000 USD. Their old domain, housing.co.in now redirects to housing.com. The purchase of the domain is underlining their plans to expand their property rental listing service globally.

“Hopefully, this is going to be the biggest domain deal of the year world-wide. And it’s our first step in going global,” said Advitiya Sharma, the co-founder of Housing.co.in, according to the article.

The startup had raised $2.5MM USD in funding from Nexus Venture Partners in June 2013 and is reported to have been funded with $3MM USD on top of their angel round.

[via NextBigWhat]

09|19|2013 12:50 pm EDT

Go Daddy Acquires Afternic [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Acquisitions

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So here’s the official Press Release for the acquisition of Afternic and Smartname by Go Daddy from Namemedia.

GoDaddy Acquires Afternic – Primes Domain Aftermarket For New TLDs

Move Also Delivers Improved Service, Selection & Speed to More Aftermarket Customers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 19, 2013) – GoDaddy, the world’s leading domain name provider, has acquired Afternic, one of the industry’s leading domain name aftermarket companies based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The move creates an unprecedented level of domain name aftermarket inventory from one source and a frictionless marketplace – enabling buyers to purchase registered domain names offered for sale quickly and easily.

The move also bolsters ICANN’s upcoming Top Level Domains (TLD) program by fueling a more diverse aftermarket. Afternic’s Domain Listing Service (DLS) displays domain names at more than 100 different registrars – including 18 of the top-20. This gives new TLDs registries and resellers the best chance and easiest way to showcase their aftermarket domain names. As an example, instead of choosing a single registrar to sell an already registered name like Pizza.NYC – the name can be offered across the entire DLS network – giving the seller the most exposure and customers the best experience.

“Having the right domain name is vital, no matter your venture,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “GoDaddy is working to bring the ‘domain aftermarket’ together with new registrations and make both super-simple to access. Our customers need an easy way to buy the name they want, regardless of whether it’s new or has been registered previously. This acquisition forms a registrar-led process that creates faster and more trusted transactions across the board.”

DLS gives buyers a more diverse range of results and affords sellers more exposure to customers searching for domain names. A domain name can be listed at a single registrar and also displayed across the registrar network – without any more work from the domain owner. GoDaddy plans to incorporate the DLS into its domain search results and add its aftermarket domain name inventory to the DLS in the coming months.

“The success of the new TLDs and the aftermarket relies on a tight-knit group of diverse registrars and Afternic has done tremendous work to bring everyone together,” said GoDaddy Vice President and General Manager Mike McLaughlin.

Industry partners Web.com, operator of Network Solutions and Register.com, and Tucows.com fully support GoDaddy’s new registrar-led model. “This is a terrific move by GoDaddy and a real milestone for the domain industry,” said Tucows CEO Elliot Noss. “Making it easier for customers to find, buy and manage aftermarket domain names is important. That is why GoDaddy, Tucows and other large registrars are working together for the industry and for customers.”

Afternic’s Fast Transfer network completes the transaction instantly, and will leverage the full security of GoDaddy’s world-class architecture, without requiring days for a domain name to transfer or having to negotiate confusing industry regulations.

“GoDaddy’s adoption and endorsement of Afternic as the standard for Fast Transfer will accelerate the growth of the domain aftermarket across the entire industry,” said Afternic SVP of Business Development Bob Mountain – who will remain Afternic’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Registrars around the world are realizing that the aftermarket presents a significant opportunity for revenue growth. GoDaddy’s acquisition and investment in Afternic is a win for registrars, domain owners, and customers, and will provide the necessary scale to grow the aftermarket for years to come.”

“Afternic and GoDaddy share a vision for creating a unified domain aftermarket,” said Kelly Conlin, the Chairman and CEO of NameMedia, Afternic’s parent company. “By operating Afternic with the interests of the registrars and their customers first and foremost, this transaction not only fulfills this vision, but reinforces that registrars are the very best place to find all available domain names.”

GoDaddy plans to keep the Afternic staff in the Boston area.  GoDaddy is also acquiring SmartName, a domain parking service, as well as NameFind, a new service for helping entrepreneurs brainstorm a brand name for their business. NameMedia will continue to operate its BuyDomains.com marketplace of proprietary domain names and its website development group. Conlin will remain Name Media’s Chairman and CEO, while also becoming a strategic advisor to the Afternic management team following the acquisition.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

To see Afternic’s inventory – visit Afternic.com.
GoDaddy’s expired domain name auctions will be held at Auctions.GoDaddy.com.

[via Press Release]

09|19|2013 09:52 am EDT

Go Daddy to acquire Afternic and Smartname from Namemedia

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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As announced in an email to members of AfterNIC and Smartname, Go Daddy is to acquire the two platforms from Namemedia.

Afternic and Smartname will continue to operate as separate brands and the business terms are going to continue to be the same. Go Daddy will be joining Afternic’s Fast transfer network.

For details see the full text of the emails after the jump:

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09|11|2013 09:54 am EDT

Demand Media Names Wayne MacLaurin Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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Wayne MacLaurinDemand Media Welcomes Wayne MacLaurin as Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD

World-Class Registry Strengthens Technology Resources to Focus on New gTLDs

Kirkland, Washington – September 11, 2013Demand Media (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today is pleased to announce its recent hire of Wayne MacLaurin, who joins the company as Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD, a Demand Media subsidiary. United TLD is investing in infrastructure to become a world-class registry and leader in new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) services. MacLaurin is responsible for managing the technology roadmap and day-to-day operation of the registry systems, as the company prepares for the advent of new gTLDs expected later this year.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne to the Demand Media team in his new role,” said Taryn Naidu, executive vice president of Demand Media’s Domain Services business. “As a former colleague, I know Wayne possesses a rare combination of leadership, technical prowess and business acumen. He gets things done, without cutting corners, and has built an excellent reputation in our industry through his technical contributions in the ICANN community and beyond. ”

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, MacLaurin has navigated a variety of senior management roles within the technology industry throughout the course of his notable career. Most recently, MacLaurin served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Sedari, a registry consulting and outsourcing service. He was the CTO of the Momentous Group of Companies, a Canadian domain name marketing services group, and was actively involved with both NameScout.com, a large ICANN accredited registrar, as well as Pool.com, a leading provider of premium domain services. He also founded one of Canada’s leading ISPs, and was responsible for introducing world-class services to large customer bases and comprehensive policies for Internet access.

From 2010 to 2012, MacLaurin was the Executive Director of the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC), a non-profit composed of 70 member companies that come together to focus on improving the security, stability and understanding of the DNS infrastructure.

With the domain industry poised to introduce a rush of new characters to the right of the dot, United TLD strives to bring these new gTLDs to market in a simple and profitable way for all parties.  By building a portfolio of new gTLDs on a proven platform with exceptional services and support, the company seeks to transform the way the world connects and organizes on the web.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (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.

09|10|2013 11:26 am EDT

Marchex subsidiary Archeo Launches Domains Marketplace [Press Release]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Archeo Launches Domains Marketplace, Providing Gateway to Premium Portfolio of More Than 200,000 Names

 SEATTLE  – September 10, 2013 – Archeo, Inc., a division of Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHX), today announced the launch of the Archeo Domains Marketplace (www.archeodomains.com), providing direct access for businesses, brokers and individuals to Archeo’s portfolio of more than 200,000 premium domain names available for sale.  The searchable portfolio is presented in 21 categories, ranging from Business & Finance to Technology and Travel in a responsive, mobile-friendly design.

According to Archeo Chief Operating Officer Rod Diefendorf, launching the Archeo Domains Marketplace is a key milestone in the company’s broader mission of establishing a vibrant and transparent ecosystem to facilitate domain buying and selling, including the development of tools and technology enabling businesses to further promote and grow their brand.

“The launch of the Archeo Domains Marketplace is an exciting step toward unlocking the true value of our portfolio,” said Diefendorf. “We have thousands of top names and are excited to finally showcase these online while providing visitors with useful information through a simple and intuitive search interface.”

The new website features an easy-to-navigate interface that enables users to search from among more than 200,000 Archeo-owned websites, including such names as Jerseys.com, CaliforniaWines.com, HollywoodMovies.com, Destination.com, Futbol.com, Refinancing.com, PetShop.com, Debts.com, uTicket.com, and LiveWell.com. Archeo’s dedicated sales team, averaging 10 years experience each in the domains industry, will directly administer and manage the Marketplace.

Archeo will also be working directly with some of the industry’s leading brokers to help their customers find and purchase specific names from Archeo’s portfolio.  Some of Archeo’s current broker partners include Igloo, Names Plus Marketing and Domain Holdings.

“The Archeo domain portfolio has been well-known, over the years, for its quality as well as its comparative inaccessibility. I think I can speak on behalf of most of the industry when I say how excited Igloo.com is to see Archeo launch its marketplace to finally unveil one of the top portfolios in the space,” said Tessa Holcomb, Igloo.com Co-Founder & CEO. “We are delighted to partner with Archeo in making these premium names available to our clients.”

In addition to selling domains from its own portfolio, Archeo plans to expand its services, ranging from data intelligence to third-party sales and other related domain support services.  Complementing the Archeo Domains Marketplace, Archeo’s team manages select fully developed websites and plans to continue the development of designated domains into digital brand properties, such as Saving.com and 50States.com. Archeo also operates an advertising marketplace, featuring an online and mobile advertising network that the company can further leverage in promoting its own developed websites, as well as those of customer sites.

About Archeo

Archeo, Inc., a division of Marchex, Inc., is a premium domain and advertising marketplace that enables the buying, selling and development of digital properties and advertising inventory.  In November of 2012, Marchex announced its intention to spin-off Archeo into a distinct, publicly-traded entity.  Archeo has filed an initial Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with Marchex’s previously announced plan to pursue the separation of its business into two public companies.

If the proposed spin-off transaction is completed, Archeo’s technology-based business will be comprised of two complementary areas: (1) a Domain Marketplace, which includes our platform to purchase, manage and sell domains, including more than 200,000 domains which we own today; and (2) an Advertising Marketplace, which includes our online and mobile advertising network, where we sell advertising on a variety of publishers and on our own digital properties.

To learn more about the proposed spin-off transaction, please visit www.marchex.com/archeo

About Marchex

Marchex, Inc. delivers customer calls to businesses and analyzes those calls so companies can get the most out of their mobile advertising.

On November 1, 2012, Marchex announced its intention to pursue separation of its business into two distinct, publicly-traded entities. If the proposed tax-free spin-off transaction is completed, Marchex’s existing shareholders would hold interests in: (1) Marchex, a pure play mobile advertising company focused on calls, and (2) Archeo, Inc., a premium domain and advertising marketplace. The spin-off is currently anticipated to be completed not earlier than the fourth quarter of 2013.