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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.

11|05|2009 03:56 pm EDT

Pool.com to Auction 2 Character .Biz Domains

by Adam Strong in Categories: Alternate Extensions

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navi_logo-poolOn the heels of the recent 1 character .biz domain and 2 character .de domain auctions at Sedo, domain auction house Pool.com announced yesterday that they have teamed up with Neustar to auction off more than 1000 two character .biz domains.  The domains will be made available in a phased release beginning November 30, 2009 through February 2010. Two character domains, which were previously unavailable, include names like PC.Biz, IT.biz and IP.biz.  A full list of the domains to be auctioned can be found at the site TwoDotBiz.Biz

Neustar’s Tim Switzer stated:
We are very pleased to be working with Pool.com to make a short, memorable alternative available. The demand we experienced during the release of one-character .BIZ domain names validated the attractiveness of the .BIZ brand. There are many companies with long company names, and others who have names that are difficult to spell or remember

Neustar sold over $360,000 worth of 1 character domains through the Sedo during the October auction.

11|04|2009 05:09 pm EDT

SnapNames Insider Bidding Aftermath – EDITORIAL

by Adam Strong in Categories: Editorial

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When I read the news today from Oversee and SnapNames stating that an employee had been bidding on domains, I knew. . . I knew who it was. I didn’t want to hear it but I knew. Like many of my colleagues who frequented SnapNames auctions over the years, the first name that came to mind was “Halvarez” .  To confirm from SnapNames sources later that it was indeed Nelson Brady really was more disheartening.

For those that never worked directly with SnapNames or Nelson, he was the kind of guy that you could email day or night and he’d respond almost instantaneously. He was the kind of guy that you wanted working on the other end of the phone; fast, courteous and intelligent.  To find out now that he was lying and betraying not only me, but everyone that he worked with leaves me speechless.  It left a fellow employee I spoke with at SnapNames speechless as well.  With such a small organization, I can only imagine the feeling of betrayal.

This is a tough day for Oversee. The aftermath of this news will leave a cloud of doubt over SnapNames for years to come.  This isn’t the only problem that this issue created though. Every Tom, Dick and Harry with a conspiracy theory about any domain company will come out of the woodwork now claiming “I told you so” or bringing up more cases of strange behavior that they believe could only be attributed to a nefarious company or individual.

We’re already seeing new theories today with posts in DNN comments citing other SnapNames users such as “Vaxis” may have also shills (most insiders know this was Kevin Ham’s user name).   Other conspiracies popping up include that the company knew about this and Brady is being thrown under the bus. The domain business has always had an unusually high amount of conspiracy theorists, but a conspiracy being proven true is harmful enough to beginning casting a shadow of doubt big enough to cover all in the domain industry.

Take the quote from Michael Arrington, former CEO of Pool.com (another expiring name aftermarket with conspiracy rumors of their own) comment on the Tech Crunch coverage of the SnapNames story :

Anyone who doesn’t know how dirty the domain name business is just doesn’t know the domain name business.

Arrington has taken plenty of stabs at the domain space since his departure, calling ICANN corrupt and domainers equivalent to the mafia.  This time though the dirty laundry is out and you’d have to say his name calling seems justifiable. Arrington’s mainstream audience which likely knows little about domains now gets to read about the confirmation of how dirty it can be and how right Michael can be as well.

The domain aftermarket business needs to take a step back and really think about the things that went haywire here and what exactly should be done.  SnapNames had internal policies prohibiting this (as do other auction houses), but the reality is that no internal policy is going to keep a rogue employee with dollar signs in their eyes from going after that “golden goose”.  Employees at domain aftermaket and parking companies deal with multi-millionaire clients and I’m sure the lure of the easy buck is hard to resist.  If someone wants to bid on domains and the policy says they can’t, they’ll find a way around it.   Policies like this won’t prevent it, they’ll just slow the person down or create a situation where the employee becomes more “resourceful” and goes further “underground”.

It’s not hard for any employee to create a new identity and run everything through that identity or hire someone to bid on domains on your behalf ?  This becomes an extremely difficult policy for a company to enforce, but clearly one that needs to be addressed.  We’re relying on the company to police itself in these cases.  It took Oversee over 4 years to figure this out so what does that say about policing their own company

The industry needs to get a grip on this stuff . We need a code of conduct, outside audits or some sort of layer of trust built in to these auctions.  The accusations of shill bidding are not new. Every auction house has been accused of it before.  Now it’s real.  We need audits and policies that insure that everything is being run right.  If we don’t I think you can rest assured that someone else will step in and create rules for us or settle these issues with lawsuits.

Let’s get it together domain companies!

12|19|2008 08:06 am EDT

Pool.com launches .DE backorder service

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs

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Pool.com has just added the .DE ccTLD to their backorder services. Their site currently lists about 1,600 .de domains that will be expiring as of January 23rd.

It appears that the list only contains names that are in “TRANSIT” state at this point, which means that the registrar has handed the domains back to the registry after the original owner did not renew the names. For domains that are in TRANSIT,  the registry operator DENIC will try to invoice the registrant directly at a higher rate and delete the domain if the registrant does not respond – so this state could be loosely compared to the redemption period for other domains.

In order to see the list of Domains Pool.com will be offering for backorder, either download their full list of upcoming domains, or go to the “Deleting Domains” page, check the .DE TLD on the bottom left and click on search. Since none of them are expiring within the next 5 days, you will have to click on “View All Domains” on the following screen.

Only few registries actually publish a list of expiring domains and DENIC does not publish an official list.

06|05|2008 08:35 am EDT

Second MyID .CA auction to start today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs

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The second MyID .CA domain auction starts today at 1pm EDT and will run until June 12th. The auction features 101 .CA domains. In the first auction 24 (out of a total of 77) names were sold for a total of $158,000.00 CAD.  Also Pool.com will start the premium auction for betting.ca today.

The full list of domains for the upcoming auction after the break.

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05|13|2008 03:28 pm EDT

.Asia and Pool.com Come Under Fire

by Adam Strong in Categories: Alternate Extensions

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Domain Name News received a “press release” today from Thomas Rucker of Madunia GmbH. In the emailed article, he refers to the sunrise auctions of .asia domains as “shady” and “dubious”. Rucker’s claims that the CEO of Pool.com, Richard Schreier, is benefiting from the company’s relationship as auctioneer of the .asia domains.

[Update]: DNN has received a response via our comments from Pool.com’s CEO, Richard Schreier, which we have now quoted below.

Pool.com was contracted by the .asia registry to auction all domain names that received multiple applicants during the .asia landrush period.

Rucker points out that the CEO of the company that auctions these domains likely would have inside information on the top bids placed on these names. Rucker has discovered that Schreier is also the owner of several other companies in Europe which have acquired some of the premium keyword .asia domains including Porn.asia , Dating.asia and Insurance.asia. Rucker has documented his opinions and findings on this matter at the site dotasia-complot.org View the emailed “release” after the jump. (more…)