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06|25|2014 03:11 pm EDT

Is Key Systems running the new Google Registrar?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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While the domain and tech industry is abuzz talking about how Google is launching their new own retail registrar in a private beta that is mostly being tested with the help of employees, DNN embarked on the journey to uncover what Google’s technical solution looks liked; and in turn discovered that it appears that the new registrar is built on Key Systems’s RRPProxy – a hosted registrar/reseller solution.

DNN didn’t have to look far – the answer to the mystery is right in the whois – as part of the referral URL as to which whois server is to be queried. We did manage to find a Google related domain that is registered through Google’s registrar – exit.com:

Domain Name: EXIT.COM
Registrar: GOOGLE INC.
Whois Server: whois.rrpproxy.net
Referral URL: http://www.google.com
Name Server: NS17.ZONEEDIT.COM
Name Server: NS2.ZONEEDIT.COM
Name Server: TINKER.EXIT.COM
Name Server: UNGOVERNED.EXIT.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 10-feb-2014
Creation Date: 03-nov-1994
Expiration Date: 02-nov-2022

In the whois results, one line especially jumped out to us:

   Whois Server: whois.rrpproxy.net

RRP Proxy, is the reseller system of the German company Key Systems, which is also available to be used by other ICANN accredited registrars.

DNN has reached out to Key Systems and Google for comment, but have not yet heard back.

01|18|2011 11:37 am EDT

NameDrive Restructures, Receives Investment

by Frank Michlick in Categories: PPC industry

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Apparently, the news is not just that James Tuplin, the Director of Operations, in the UK is leaving NameDrive, as The Domains reports, but there’s bigger things happening. The first hint at this came from a rumor posted on Facing The Absurd in October 2010 during DOMAINfest Prague stating that KeySystems is buying NameDrive. Back then, when DNN contact the involved parties about, they unofficially confirmed they were talking, but it looked like there was no deal in sight.

Things may have changed. As DVMag reports (in German), NameDrive has now relocated from Cologne to Luxembourg, as per the company’s website.

About NameDrive - from NameDrive.com

DVmag goes on to say that the people that continue to work for the company have already been working in Luxemburg. Another interesting note is the new General Manager of the company, Michael Riedl.

According to his profile on the companies’ website, Michael Riedl has been the “Investment Director” and “Secretary of the Investment Committee” at BIP Investment Partners since 2008. NameDrive apparently has become part of the BIP Investment Partners portfolio. He’s also part of the board of Key-Systems and was one of the speakers at the Meet Domainers event in Poland held in August 2010. BIP has invested in EuroDNS, Key-Systems and Domaininvest amongst other companies, such as the broadcaster RTL group, where BIP holds an investment of 58 million € and 9.4 million € in Shell.

  • Key-Systems: 6.8 million € for a share of 33.33%, placing the company value at 20 million € at the time of the investment.
  • EuroDNS S.A. 6.4 million € for a share of 20%, placing the company value at 32 million € at the time of the investment.
  • DI S.A. (formerly known as Domain Invest): 2.5 million € for a share of 9.91%, placing the company value at 27 million € at the time of the investment.

BIP is publicly traded at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and recently saw its price increase from 50 € to over 60 €.

NameDrive followed up with an email to their parking publishers and is promising additional information – read it after the jump. (more…)

10|22|2010 07:14 am EDT

Key-Systems named “Fast 50″ by Deloitte Technology

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

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Deloitte Technology names German Registrar Key-Systems once more one of the “Fast 50″ in 2010. This year the company ranks 23rd after having achieved rank 9 in 2008 and rank 22 in 2009. The award ceremony was held two days ago in Berlin, Germany.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program honors business growth, technological innovation and entrepreneurial spirit by geographic region. It grew out of a program initiated in the United States in 1995. In the USA and more recently in Europe, the Fast 50 program has expanded into the Fast 500 and is a recognized benchmark of success in the technology industry. In Germany, Technology Fast 50 took place for the 8th time in 2010. Deloitte determines the front-runners of the technology business in Germany by identifying companies’ cumulative growth over the last five years.

[via Press Release]