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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

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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,, United TLD and NameJet (in partnership with Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside will have offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit

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

07|31|2013 11:34 am EDT

eNom & DreamHost Announce Hosting and Domain Partnership

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Kirkland, Washington – July 31, 2013eNom, Inc. and DreamHost, today announced a strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the agreement, DreamHost will utilize the eNom reseller platform to manage its existing domain name business and new gTLDs as they become available. Additionally, eNom will provide its clients access to the DreamHost hosting platform including virtual private servers (VPS), dedicated servers, and cloud hosting. DreamHost will remain an ICANN accredited registrar.

 “Our entrepreneur, designer and developer customers are passionate about being on the cutting edge of Internet technology and trends,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost.  “The new gTLD domain name extensions launching this year, including .web, .shop, and even .ninja, are exciting opportunities to build new brands and web channels for customers and eNom enables us to deliver the whole enchilada!”

 “This partnership is the organic next step for both of our businesses,” said Chris Sheridan, Vice President of Business Development for eNom. “Over the past ten years we’ve built out the industry’s best wholesale domain registrar. More than 8,800 resellers have registered 14 million domain names on this platform. This partnership is a great step toward our goal of continuing to serve our clients with hosting and cloud services up to the standards set by our domain products.”

 This collaboration marks the two companies’ continued dedication to the launch of new gTLDs this year, which will give rise to the release of new domain extensions in a few short months. In an effort to support this new phase, eNom will begin to promote DreamHost’s services through its retail business by October 1, 2013.

 About eNom

eNom, Inc., is the world’s largest ICANN accredited wholesale domain name registrar. A part of the Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) family of companies, eNom makes it easy for individuals and organizations to buy and sell Internet domains and related services.  For more information about eNom, please visit

 About DreamHost

DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 375,000 customers and 1.25 million blogs, websites and apps hosted.  The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute.  Please visit for more information.

[via Press Release]

03|11|2011 01:14 am EDT Partners With eNom, as Parent Company Photon Group “Clear Decks” [Updated]

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Domain Registrar announced this evening that they have partnered with domain name registrar eNom. Emails sent to their customer base (quoted in full below) this evening aren’t exactly clear in what capacity the two companies will be partnering. Fabulous says that the partnership allows them to “streamline and optimize our registrar technology, freeing us to focus on what has been key to our success:- great tools, great support” and that they “continue to remain a wholly-owned business of Dark Blue Sea“.

[Updated/added] A representative of eNom told DNN: “The websites will remain in place and they will be leveraging eNom’s Registrar API technology to operate some of the backend Registrar operations. This shouldn’t effect the way customers do business with Fabulous except it will allow them to leverage some additional TLDs and products currently not offered.

Fabulous’ announcement of Yexa, a registrar reseller software, in the summer of 2010 was an interesting move in to a space that eNom, a Demand Media company, dominates, the reseller business. Enom’s partnership with a potential competitor in that space, leaves one wondering about the specific arrangements. Recent news from Photon Group could also leave one wondering if there’s more to this arrangement as well.

Fabulous parent company Dark Blue Sea (DBS) was acquired by Photon Group in 2009. Photon was in debt at the time and since then their stock hasn’t faired well since. Last summer Photon brought in a new CEO, Jeremy Philip from News Corp who announced that he was going to “clear decks.  With mounting debt and a new CEO at the helm Photon sold four of their online properties.  The company sold in January 2011 and released a statement saying “Photon is examining its search marketing businesses” (of which DBS is it’s largest company) and “assessing the impact of the carrying value of the remainder of the search marketing businesses.”  An announcement on the Photon site [PDF] states, “The Company continues to concentrate on its strategic review and operational improvements across the business.

As of December 2010 Photon had reduced the number of companies owned from 45 to 28 and rumors about a potential sale of Dark Blue Sea have been circulating. DBS referred DNN requests for more information to Photon. DNN has not been able to reach Photon Group contacts..

See a full copy of the email that went out to Fabulous’ customers after the jump.


12|23|2010 02:27 pm EDT

Demand Media IPO Stalled

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As we had reported earlier this year, Demand Media, parent company of numerous registrars, websites and a domain parking company, was planning to file for an IPO in 2010. According to an article by CNNMoney, the IPO has now stalled due to the regulator’s questions regarding Demand Media’s accounting practices.

The company’s CEO, Richard Rosenblatt has always insisted that the company was profitable, but the IPO filing revealed a different story, showing that the company is in the red for at least for $6 million USD for 2010. One of the reasons the filings are being investigated is that Demand Media expenses the cost of content creation over the course of five years, stating that the average time period this content will generate revenue for is 5.4 years.

[via CNNMoney]

12|17|2010 11:03 am EDT

Afternic DLS Enables New Partners for Premium Promotion Level

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfterNIC DLS Partners

What some Afternic members may have already noticed yesterday, when they logged into their interfaces and were prompted to enable some domains registered at the newly supported registrars for the highest promotion level, has become official today: Moniker and eNom can now fully integrated, meaning that you can now list domains registered there on the DLS Premium level and can be instantly transferred to the buyer.

11|22|2010 12:52 pm EDT

Ning Partners with eNom for Domain Registrations

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars, Up to the Minute

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Social Networking Hosting company Ning, co-founded by Marc Andreessen of Netscape fame, has now partnered with eNom for domain name registrations. Customers that do not want to use the Ning-provided subdomains, can now purchase their domain directly through Ning’s reseller relationship with eNom for the price of $24.95 per domain name year. Previously Ning customers wanting to register their own domain had to do so outside of Ning.

It remains to be seen how many Ning customers will take them up on the offer at this comparably high price-point.


11|15|2010 11:29 am EDT

New Applicant Guidebook blocks GoDaddy, Demand Media & Tucows from applying for new TLDs?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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The newest proposed and supposedly final version of the ICANN new TLD applicant guidebook brought some unexpected changes and questions such as the sudden dropping of the requirements of registry/registrar separation.

As pointed out by industry watchdog George Kirikos on the ICANN forum the changes in the new gTLD guidebook block any entity from applying for a new TLD that has lost more than three UDRP proceedings. The arbitrary rules seems to have been added in order to block specific applications, especially from domain investors who have been target of UDRP proceedings. Unfortunately the decisions in these proceedings have been less than impartial in the past.

Interestingly enough it seems that the changes to the new TLD application could for example bar registrars GoDaddy (through their subsidary “Standard Tactics LLC”) and eNom/Demand Media from applying for new TLDs, as they have lost more than 3 UDRPs in the preceding four years.

As pointed out by The Domains, this change also affects the registrar Tucows, which has lost more than three UDRPs.

04|15|2010 09:50 pm EDT

Demand Media Investigating IPO with the help of Goldman Sachs

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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According to an article in the Financial Times, Demand Media has hired Goldman Sachs to explore an initial public offering. The company, founded by the former chairman of Myspace, Richard Rosenblatt, owns registrars eNom, BulkRegister, parking company Hotkeys and operates the NameJet drop catching site in partnership with Network Solutions. Aside from owning a domain portfolio, which includes a large number of expired domain names, the company also runs a user generated content production service called Demand Studios. The content is then published on Demand’s websites, such as eHow. The company’s freelance workers produce about 4,000 video clips and articles per day.

03|19|2010 05:00 am EDT

Verisign Revises .TV Premium Offering, Sedo to Auction Premium .TVs

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Verisign, the operator of the .TV registry, has revised the pricing of over 23,000 .TV domains and removed the higher annual renewal fees, so owners of premium domains registered after March 19, 2010 will only be paying the standard .TV renewal rate going forward. It appears that this new rate is however not extended to pre-existing owners of premium .TV domains. eNom has posted the list of new .TV premium prices on their website.

Sedo will be running a premium .TV auction from April 1-8, 2010 – the domains sold in this auction will also have the standard renewal fees, as Mark Klein (Director of Business Development at Sedo), who set up the auction with Verisign, told DNN.

.TV is the country code (ccTLD) for Tuvalu, but is marketed internationally.

12|03|2009 10:50 pm EDT

eNom Increases Redemption Fee for Domains to $250 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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In an announcement mailed by the company today, eNom states that they have increased their Redemption Fee for domains in the Redemption Grace Period (RGP) to $250 plus the fee for a 1 year renewal of the domain. The redemption grace period follows the deletion of the domain by the registrar and was introduced by ICANN as an additional means to recover expired domains by the original registrant. The process of restoring the domain results in a higher charge by the registry and is a process consisting out of more than one step.

In many cases registrars such as eNom “simulate” this period for domains since they will offer domains in their partner marketplaces for purchase or auction after the domains’ expiry. Should a domain in this state be returned to the original registrant, the registrar will not occur any additional charges from the registry aside from the renewal fee.

Read the full email after the jump.